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

Dandjinou Pierre pdandjinou at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 22:08:13 SAST 2009

The text was sent to NTIA last evening. Thanks for your inputs and edits
which i managed to incorporate; In the process. i also learnt that we are
close to 274 members on this list..

 I am also sure we should continue discussing on the topic, especially what
roles we want governments (and for that matter, african governments and the
AU) to play within the narrow mandate of ICANN on the one hand, and the
larger Internet governance issue which include security, openess,
Access,diversity..et al!


On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 5:52 PM, Jean-Robert Hountomey
<hrobert at iservices.tg>wrote:

> I support the text.
> RH
> ----- > 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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