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INET Africa Regional Conference Nairobi, Kenya

The Internet Society held its INET Africa Conference on May 18th 2006 in conjunction with the AfriNIC 4 and AfNOG 7 meetings in Nairobi, Kenya.

The morning sessions focused on technical as well as policy aspects surrounding Internet standards development and applications, with special attention on localisation and education initiatives, and efforts to further internationalise the Internet. The afternoon session focused on Internet governance and WSIS follow-up, and included an open discussion on Internet governance issues of importance to the continent. Listen to the audio of the INET conference.

Agenda

Morning session

09:30 - 10:30

1. Welcome & Introduction to the Internet Society

Speaker: Mirjam Kuehne, ISOC

2. Internet standards development

History, structure and organisation of Internet standards bodies

Standards development process - from an idea to an RFC

How to participate in the standards development process, and why it is important

Speaker: Lucy Lynch, IAOC

3. Research & education networking in Africa

Speaker: Victor Kyalo, KENET

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:30 – 13:00

Internationalisation and multilingualisation of the Internet

IDN - related standardization developments and implementation

Local content initiatives - driving multilingualism and the internationalisation of the Internet.

4. Culturally-appropriate Local Environments and a Global Internet

Speaker: Mirjam Kühne, ISOC (presenting for John Klensin)

5. Local Content Initiatives

Speaker: Alex Corenthin, University Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

6. ICANN IDN Initiatives

Speaker: Mohamed El Bashir, ICANN IDN Standards Committee and ICANN’s President’s Advisory Committee

7. Multilingualism in the Cyberspace

Speakers: Dawit Bekele, University of Addis Ababa

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Afternoon session

14:00 – 17:00

Internet governance roundtable

A forum for stakeholders to share, debate and discuss different aspects of Internet governance and WSIS follow-up, with a particular focus on those issues of importance to promoting the goals of the Tunis Agenda in the region.

14:00 – 15:30 Part 1

Presentations and panelist contributions, identification of key issues

Panel Speakers:
Adiel Akplogan, Afrinic
Alex Corenthin, University Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar
Ken Lohento, Panos and CIPACO
Pierre Dandjinou, UNDP
Michuki Mwanga, KENIC
Abdul-hakeem Ajijola, Advisor to the Nigerian Government

Dot KE: De-Regulation and Management Experience
Speaker: Michuki Mwangi (presenting for Michael Katundu)
Summary of Internet governance roundtable discussion

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 17:0: Part 2

Open discussion of key issues.

17:00 Reception