Friday, August 12, 2011

ICANN 42 Dakar: Dakar to be the "Capital of the Internet" in October, Africa to influence internet decision making

The Senegalese capital of Dakar will host the 42nd meeting of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization that manages the global Internet from the 19 to 28 October 2011. This great meeting, which will be broadcast live over the Internet, will bring together over 1200 participants from five continents and will take place in two phases: "meeting of experts and a ministerial round table." This event is thus an opportunity for Africa to be included in decision-making processes of the Internet so that Africa does not suffer from the measures and guidelines decided in high places without giving its opinion. 
Senegal is more than ready to host a major meeting that determines the future of the Internet. Indeed, Dakar will be from 19 to 28 October the capital of the Internet. The National Organizing Committee of the 42nd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held a press conference on Thursday, August 11, 2011 with all stakeholders and a delegation from ICANN to explain the stakes and show how Dakar is ready for the challenge.
The Chair of the National Committee for organizing this event, who is also the Director of Information Technology and Communication (ICT) in Senegal Ms Maïmouna Diagne said that through the Ministerial Round Table, African countries under the banner of African Union will, for the first time during the 42nd ICANN meeting, convene a meeting on the Internet. For her, it will be an opportunity to make Africa a stakeholder in what happens on the Internet worldwide. "The decisions made by ICANN in each of its general meetings, three times a year, affect the future of the Internet and can change our lives in a very short time even if the process is transparent, democratic and public. Hence the need to be present and above all to participate, "said Maimouna Diagne.
Two high-level workshops will be held on this occasion during which the question of competent network management within Africa, security of DNS and domain names will be discussed. The President of the Organizing Committee also emphasized that during the Dakar meeting, a plea will be given so that following the example of South Africa and the Maghreb region, Senegal too can have a copy of the server to facilitate trade in the UEMOA region.

Senegalese Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology and Communication, Guirassy Moustapha said that the 42nd ICANN meeting will ring as a recognition of the role of the Senegalese president in the development of the information society in Africa.
The holding of the meeting in Dakar will be an opportunity for operators to increase the capacity of Internet connection or double or even triple Internet access . This will also be an opportunity to introduce the IPV6 and say farewell to IPV4 . Source:africapress

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