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

Jean-Robert Hountomey hrobert at iservices.tg
Mon Jun 8 19:52:55 SAST 2009

I support the text.


----- > 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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