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  • 1..Africa1bn people, 54 countries, 1domainBy Sophia BekeleAfrican Leadership Retreat, 2020 Executive DirectorJohannesburg, South Africa DotConnectAfrica Former Policy Advisor, ICANN

2. 1. The need for Africa Specific Regional Domain2. Global Economy and the Internet3. Status of the Internet in Africa4. Who is ICANN?5. Need for Africa specific Continental name6. Who is DotConnectAfrica?7. Governance Representation & Community8. Interested sponsors9. Achievement to date10. Challenges11. Why Support the DCA Initiative Africa 3. My passionwww.sophiabekele.comUNICT, UNGAID, UNECA, AU Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 4. Information Society toInternet SocietyComputer Science is no more about computersthan astronomy is about telescopes. - E.W. DijkstraAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 5. OpportunitiesThe global Economy is reforming Affordable internet, phone, pc devises, prices, CapEx Vs. OpEx,NGN Web 2.0 (social tipping point); Viral ; Cloud computing where one has a convergence of 70% of the planet bringuniversal access and democracy of information Interesting business models and consumer reach and increasein productivity expand knowledge , creation capacity, advances In science and health. Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 6. A Paradigm shift - Convergence OpportunitiesInternet use has exploded globally more than 300% since 2000 1.4 million Internet users 3.6 billion people use mobile telephony just over half of the worlds populationThis intersection where users access theInternet from their mobilephones maps arevolutionary digital paradigmshiftAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 7. Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 8. Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 9. What does governance of the Internet mean? Who What When WhereBuilding under 10. Information Society toInternet SocietyComputer Science is no more about computersthan astronomy is about telescopes. - E.W. DijkstraAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 11. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) A nonprofit organization that manages and coordinates the Domain Name System.ICANN focuses on preservingthe stability of the Internet;promoting competition; achieving broad representation of global Internet communities;developing policy through bottom-up,consensus-based processes. AfricaAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 12. "yea" or "nayyea" or "nay" on Internet Governance The Policy Divide Participation & Vote "yea" or "nay" Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 13. A Common Vision Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb Africa Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 14. 1bn people, 54 countries, 1domain Africa 15. Your Mobile African Identity citibank.africaIveri.africab Renaissance Intrepid 2020 .africa Africa 16. Need for Africa-specific continental domain Currently, Internet users in the Pan-Africa andAfrican region only have the option of utilizing ageneric TLD (gTLD) whose registrants are dominatedby US and European individuals and businesses, orcountry-code TLDs (ccTLDs) that are intended forlocal use Current gTLDs also tend to focus on a vertical group(e.g. commercial entities, network providers,organizations , etc.) within the global Internet,.Africa will embrace a horizontal perspective witha clear brand to reach and enrich the broad globalcommunity. AfricaAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 17. Need for Africa-specific continental domain Unlike ccTLDs, which provide for a local audience,.Africa will allow the user to express membership inthe larger Pan African and African community. .Africa domain will also allow Africa to take itsrightful place alongside .EU, .ASIA and .LAC Also it complies with WSIS objectives on empoweringundeveloped countries using ICT, and fits as an ICT4Dproject. .Africa complies with AU, ECA and ADB policy ofdevelopment for the continent. AfricaAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 18. Compliments ExistingNational Domain Names Offering of second level domain names bycross marketing of domain names such;;; ; Elevation of national names to Continentaland Global Identity inherent in the Africaname Supporting goal of regional /continentalintegration of National countries Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010 19. Who is DotConnectAfrica?The Mission To sponsor, establish and operate a continentalInternet namespace with global recognition andregional significance, dedicated to the needs ofthe Pan-African and African Internet community. To operate a viable and technically advanced TLDregistry for the Pan-Africa and African community. To reinvest partial surpluses in socio-technologicaladvancement initiatives relevant to the Pan-Africaand African Internet community; and Africa Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 20. Organizational StructureIs to be made up of different sponsor organizations: Sponsor Members Co-sponsor Members Businesses Non-profit - NGOs Other relevant community organizations in the region Africa Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 21. Organizational Structure, contd.Members will make up of Board of Directors The BOD will be advised on policy matters by anAdvisory Council AC will be populated by one representative fromeach co-Sponsor organization. A proceeds Steering Committee (PROSCOM) willbe created and appointed by the Board tooversee the allocation of surplus proceeds fromregistry operations. Africa Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 22. Governance & Representation of Community The governance of the .Africa Organization is to be driven thrua multistakeholder representation and augmented by regionaland international expertise. Having direct and close involvement of many Governments,Businesses , NGOs ensures a wealth of knowledge and expertisein the operational and policy management of a TLD registry inthe Pan-Africa and Africa region. Governance model is to be adapted from the Africasdevelopment policy model augmented with other geo TLDnames. The .Africa Organization intends to operate openly &transparently. Public Policy consideration will include direct input from policymakers , therefore consulting with the AU/ECA/ADB on policymatters. AfricaAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 23. Governance StructureKey Pan Board of Directors African CO-SponsorSponsor Org members AU Chairmans UNECA Businesses Advisory y ADB Internet orgsCouncil IT org, Teleco NGOCEO Non-profit, Other relevantFunctional VPs Africa-basedCustomer orgsMarketing &Admin Bus Dev SupportStaff Governments AfricaAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 24. Interested Sponsor Members & Co-Sponsors African Union (AU) Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) African Development Bank (ADB) Other Pan-African Organizations African Private Sector Actors African Non-Profits African Internet Actors National ICT Policy organs AfricaAfrica Leadership Retreat 2020 25. Achievments to date Introduction to Regional Key African organs, andGovernments Endorsements by the African Union, EconomicCommission for Africa (ECA) and 20% of African Govt Travel Across Africa campaigning, 8 African countriessince February Established website with informative content showingprogress and prototype Established Newsletter to communicate status/activities Established presence on social media sites, Twitter,Facebook , creating that generation .africa Mailing list of 600 & growing since February 2010 Substantial Relevant African Media coverage Official Sponsor at ICANN 38 Brussels- The 1st African TLDto sponsor International conference Sponsor/ East African IGF, Kampala Uganda Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010 26. Our promise of putting .africaon the global digital map Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 27. NEXT STEPS for you! Reserve your names for registration! Become Sponsor and sponsor members Follow-us on Twitter, Facebook & our blog Google us @ dotConnectafrica Africa Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 28. .africa - the first African TLD to be sponsored at an International European event Brussels ICANN 38East African Internet Governance Forum 2010 29. Challenges! Political - continental project Adaption from existing gTlds, .com, .org Branding Cost Access to internet Good Infrastructure Capacity building/training Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010 30. Challenges! Other African groupings that have resisted our applications political blocking - cant stop us from implementation A substantial misrepresentation of our initiative PRIVATE SECTOR; U.S BASED; not an ICANN establishment; belongs to individual fake endorsement Not being invited to relevant internet community platforms torepresent ourselves properly Blocked from posting to relevant community forums so as notto share our work GeoPolitics of African countries, which would wanthost/registry in own countries Threaten our early endorseme


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