Global Internet Organization To Advocate For Africans’ Voice On The Internet

With the speed at which the world is growing with technology, believe it or not, the internet is soon turning into something you cannot do without.  For some time now, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been actively seeking to help raise awareness and build capacities around the domain name system, and the Internet in general across Africa

A press briefing that brought together leaders of regional and global Internet organizations to share perspectives on the African representation in the Internet ecosystem, and participation in shaping the Internet’s future in motherland Africa was held On Thursday the 13th of June 2019 at Kampala Sheraton Hotel

Led by ICANN, the press conference was attended by the Internet Society’s Uganda Chapter and Af Registrar

As part of the mission to raise awareness and build capacities around the domain name system, and the Internet in general across Africa, ICANN has been supporting and holding several activities in the region, including the following, which will take place in Kampala over the next few days for example the Youth Community Workshop on 13 to 14 June, Workshop for African Registries, Registrars and Registrants on 15 June and then the ICANN Day on Sunday 16 June.

“Africa’s digital potential is rising, which makes it imperative for the continent to claim its voice in the global Internet governance and protect its interests” stressed Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN Vice President  of GSE in Africa.

Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN Vice President  of GSE in Africa speaking at the press briefing at Sheraton Hotel

“With this in mind, ICANN is committed to providing equal opportunities to inform the region’s different communities about the domain name industry, and working with them on how best to not only strengthen Africa’s online presence, but also improve their participation within ICANN. Uganda is no exception.” Pierre added

ICANN helps people to interact with each other online. This happens through its coordination of parts of the Domain Name System (DNS) which is at the very root of the Internet functions.

It translates computer hostnames into IP addresses, as well as the Internet Protocol addressing system used to route Internet traffic. They  play a specific, technical role, acting in the global public interest as the trusted steward of these unique identifier systems of the Internet. With every email, video chat, or online purchase, ICANN is touched in one way or another.

Lillian Nalwoga, the President of Internet society (ISOC) Uganda Chapter speaking at the press briefing 


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