[AfrICANN-discuss] Re: AfrICANN Digest, Vol 28, Issue 3

McTim dogwallah at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 06:45:27 SAST 2009

This text works for me, thank you sir!


"A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A
route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

On 6/6/09, Dandjinou Pierre <pdandjinou at gmail.com> wrote:

> The Africa ICANN Discussion List members provide the following comments in
> response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
> Notice of Inquiry “Assessment of the Transition of the Technical
> Coordination and Management of the Internet's Domain Name and Addressing
> System [Docket No. 090420688-9689-01].”
> In a view to provide comments which reflect the general views of the Africa
> region on the termination of the JPA agreement and thereof a final report on
> the DNS project, members of the Africann list , a discussion list for
> Africans who are interested in Icann’s matters , organized an online  brain
> storming session. The Group is now happy to submit its deliberations to the
> National Telecommunication Agency (NTIA).
> According to ICANN's mission statement, it coordinates the allocation and
> assignment of the three sets of unique identifiers for the Internet, which
> are:  Domain names; Internet protocol addresses and Autonomous system
> numbers; Protocol port and parameter numbers. After its 11 years of
> existence, ICANN has served as the testbed for many initiatives that have
> come to make the Internet an ever growing space for communication and
> knowledge sharing. The Africa region is particularly marked by the new
> developments which ICANN has generated in its core business of DNS and IP
> address management. Thus, the bottom up approach to policy development, the
> constant search for transparency and accountability constitute the
> overarching features which ICANN has struggled for since 1998. Indeed, since
> then, the successive MoUs which have delineated ICANN’s perimeter have
> provided an outlet for an experiment which spans diverse issues and cross
> sector relationships.
> In performing its function as the custodian and coordinator of those
> critical resources that are domain names and IP addresses, ICANN has
> constantly striven to be open, transparent and accountable. The JPA and the
> subsequent MoUs have certainly provided the framework for this coordination
> which has now given its global and international nature to ICANN.  While the
> Africa region benefitted from the ICANN’s experience in many ways, including
> the development of the African Internetworking groups and associations and
> the growing participation to Icann’s policy development processes, Africa
> would like to recall that Internet being a global goods, its sound and
> effective coordination should continue to be operated along those criterion
> and procedures that have given to the Internet its stability and secure
> operation.
> The ICANN’s experiment has proven to be a success in many ways including
> capacity development and cross fertilization of ideas and knowledge. Its
> bylaws and internal mechanisms have ensured over the year more transparency
> and accountability which portray ICANN as an experiment in global self
> governance which could be replicated in other institutional formulas.
> Therefore, termination of the JPA will only reinforce its credibility at the
> global level. There is always room for improvement and the termination of
> the JPA and the end of the DNS project will only give ICANN its full
> dimension and potential as a global and international and multistakeholder
> institution within its restricted mission of coordinating the critical
> resources of the Internet. One such room for improvement should be the role
> to be played by governments in the specific layout of ICANN which guarantee
> both openness , inclusiveness and freedom within the larger context of the
> global Internet governance. ..
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