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

Dr Yassin Mshana ymshana2003 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 12:38:16 SAST 2009

Well done !! It is a a very good summary.
This marks the beginning of a negotiation process - it should not end with
only such a statement from us.

The way forward is to be part of the negotiations that will follow on hot to
make ICANN Board the Supreme Organ.

Good luck us all


2009/6/8 Alioune Traore <alioune_b_traore at yahoo.fr>

> Good text for me!
> B. R.
> Dr Alioune Badara TRAORE
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> *De :* Dandjinou Pierre <pdandjinou at gmail.com>
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> *Envoyé le :* Vendredi, 5 Juin 2009, 22h38mn 05s
> *Objet :* Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] Re: AfrICANN Digest, Vol 28, Issue 3
> Dear All,
>  Following the  responses to the series of questions , we now need
> to conclude. I am therefore proposing the following text for your perusal
> and review. feel free to amend as English is not my mother tongue; Also,
> bear in mind we should be sending this to the NTIA by the 7th June.
> Finally, this text which is meant to represent the views of members of this
> discussion list does not prevent us from sending any individual comments as
> a response to the NOI..
> Pierre D
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 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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