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.
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.
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.