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

Ken Lohento klohento at panos-ao.org
Mon Jun 8 17:37:17 SAST 2009

I support the text. Maybe could we have been more specific about some 
issues like the privatization of ICANN or the structure or role of a/the 
new government oversight, but the text as it is is very good as we don't 
have much time to discuss and reach a concensus. Good initiative to 
provide this feedback. Thanks Pierre, Katim, Vika, Nii and all.

Ken L

Dandjinou Pierre a écrit :
> 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
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> 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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