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INET Africa Regional Conference Mauritius

The Internet Society held its INET Africa Conference on November 30, 2006 in conjunction with the AfriNIC 5 meeting in Mauritius. The conference was organized jointly with AfTLD.

Click to zoom picture Dawit Bekele, Manager of the ISOC Africa Bureau (2nd from the right) speaking to attendees of the INET meeting in Mauritius.

The early morning session informed participants about two Internet Society (ISOC) initiatives of particular significance to Africa - the launch of the ISOC Africa Regional Bureau, and an update on Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) activities, including the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF, a new ISOC program that provides opportunities for technologists from lesser developed countries to attend the IETF.

The mid morning and early afternoon sessions focused on country code top-level domain (ccTLD) issues. Topics for discussion included the role of ccTLDs in society, current best practice, DNSSEC and broader security considerations. An update on the activities of African community ccTLD association, AfTLD, was also presented.

Click to zoom picture Members of the ISOC Mauritius chapter at the INET meeting in Mauritius.

The late afternoon session comprise a roundtable that focused on Internet governance issues of importance to the African continent, following on from the very valuable discussion held at INET Africa 2006 in Nairobi.

The discussion was particularly relevant given that the first Internet Governance Forum (IGF) had just taken place, providing an opportunity for speakers and delegates to assess the value of the IGF event and the related multi-stakeholder dialogue for the African community.


08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:05 Welcoming remarks: Word document (38KB), Powerpoint presentation (397KB), Dave Kissoondoyal
09:05 - 09:10 Introduction, Mirjam Kühne
09:10 - 09:40 ISOC regional Bureau Update (PPT: 340KB), Dawit Bekele
09:40 - 10:00 ISOC fellowship to the IETF, Michuki Mwangi, Mirjam Kühne
10:00 - 10:30 ccTLDs role in society and update on AfTLD (PPT: 209KB)
Vika Mpisane
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 DNSSEC - Why and How (PDF: 291KB), Alain Aina
11:45 - 12:15

ccTLD Best practices (PPT: 181KB), Michuki Mwangi

  • Security Consideration
  • Stability & Redundancy
  • Automation
  • Policy development
12:15 - 12:30 Open Mic
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 Why Internet Security is so hard, (PPT: 1,3MB)
Stephen Kent
15:00 - 15:30

Free Registry for ENUM and domains (PDF: 423KB)
Pavel Tuma

15:30 - 16:00 Tea Break
16:00 - 16:30 IGF Update - Panel Discussion
Adiel A. Akplogan, Alex Corenthin, Pierre Dandjinou
16:30 - 17:00 Open Mic
19:00 - 23:00 Social Dinner