[AfrICANN-discuss] Internet Society Member Newsletter

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Internet Society Member Newsletter
Volume 10 Number 7 - June 2011
Full online version: http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?m=201107


Internet Society Updates & General News
- Internet Society Announces New Board of Trustees
- New Chapters Increase Internet Society's Global Strength
- Internet Evolution
- Inaugural Applied Networking Research Prizes Announced, Nominations for Next Round Open
- Internet Society IETF 81 Rough Guide

Chapter News
- Bangladesh Dhaka
- Brazil
- Cameroon
- Ghana
- Singapore

Internet Society Updates & General News

Internet Society Announces New Board of Trustees

Leaders from industry, academia, and the Internet community to provide strategic direction on Internet related standards, education, and policy

The Internet Society today announced its new Board of Trustees, comprised of distinguished leaders from across the global Internet community. The board members bring to the organization a broad cross-section of experience and global perspectives, as well as a keen interest in making a positive impact on the future of the Internet.

The new Board members with terms beginning this year are:

+ Alain Patrick Aina, Managing Director at Technologies Reséaux & Solutions and Special Project Manager at AfriNIC (the Internet Address Registry for Africa)

+ Theresa Swinehart, Executive Director, Global Internet Policy for Verizon Communications

+  Jason Livingood, Executive Director of Internet Systems Engineering at Comcast, was appointed to occupy a vacated Board seat.

Also announced at the Board meeting, held 30-31 July:

+ Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director of LACNIC (the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean) was reelected as Chair of the Board

+ Bert Wijnen, Research Engineer at RIPE NCC, was reappointed by the IETF for a second term on the Board

During its meeting, the new Board formally thanked outgoing board members Daniel Karrenberg and Alejandro Pisanty for their outstanding service and commitment. For the complete announcement, see:



New Chapters Increase Internet Society's Global Strength

Increasing local reach is definitely the theme of this month's newsletter as the Internet Society celebrates the rejuvenation of three local Chapters and the creation of one new one.

We're proud to tell our readers they can now get involved with Chapters in:

+ Cameroon
+ Singapore
+ Brazil
+ Bangladesh Dhaka

Our Chapters help provide the fuel for all of our work in helping to keep the Internet open and accessible for everyone and defined by users - regardless of where they live, what they do, or who they are.

When an Internet Society Chapter is launched, they make sure their work is brought to the heart of their local community.

They are:

+ Active and well respected in their local community;
+ Working in partnership with local stakeholders to advance Internet Society's mission;
+ Strong and engaged with their membership base;
+ Unified components of the Internet Society 'family' working towards a common cause;
+ Working collaboratively with other chapters;
+ Delivering a clear and consistent message and image of the Internet Society.

Want to know more about what Chapters do? Read the profiles of our wonderful new Chapters below and then visit our Chapter pages on our website:



Internet Evolution

The Internet is evolving. The majority of end-users perceive this evolution in the form of changes and updates to the software and networked applications that they are familiar with, or with the arrival of entirely new applications that change the way they communicate, do business, entertain themselves, and so on.

Can we think about the Internet as a whole evolving? What form would such evolution take, and where could we look for data that offers insight into changes at the macro scale?

In an effort to stimulate some answers to these questions and to provoke thought and further consideration among a wider audience, the Internet Society invited a range of experts to reflect on some recent data-driven observations about the ways in which the Internet is changing on a global scale.

The paper summarizing these expert contributions are available here:


Following on the paper, the Internet Society organized a panel in conjunction with IETF 81 that included Bernard Aboba, Principal Architect, Lync Division at Microsoft; Mark Handley of the Computer Science department at University College London; and Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC). More information and an audio archive of the event is available here:



Inaugural Applied Networking Research Prizes Announced, Nominations for Next Round Open

The Internet Society (ISOC) and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) announced the recipients of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) in conjunication with IETF 81. The ANRP is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that directly improve products and services, and advance related Internet standards. The winners were Mattia Rossi, of the Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures at Swinburne University of Technology; and Beichuan Zhang, of the Computer Science Department at the University of Arizona.

"I am extremely pleased that the very first Applied Networking Research Prizes have been awarded to such deserving individuals," said Lars Eggert, Chair of the IRTF, the research arm of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the premier Internet standards body. "The award committee received two dozen nominations from the community for this initial round, which highlights the interest in and importance of applied network research to the Internet's continued growth and evolution."

Both researchers presented their findings at the Internet Research Task Force Open Meeting during the Internet Engineering Task Force Meeting (IETF 81) last week in Quebec City.

The ANRP is awarded three times per year, in conjunction with the three annual IETF meetings. The next call for nominations open 1 August with nominations due on 28 August. Awardees will be invited to participate in IETF 82 in Taipei, Taiwan in November 2011.

Read more about the ANRP at:



IETF 81 Rough Guide

In advance of the IETF 81 in Quebec City, the Internet Society developed our regular Rough Guide to the sessions most relevant to our current work. During the meeting, we continued to turn our attention to the following broad categories:

+ Common and Open Internet
+ Global Addressing
+ Security and Stability
+ Trust and Identity

While the meeting is over, but the Rough Guide is still available at:


Chapter News

Bangladesh Dhaka

- Contributed by: Faisal Hasan

Like many countries in the developing world, Bangladesh Dhaka has seen an enormous increase in the number of Internet users in the last few years.

That's why it's exciting that the Internet Society Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter, which officially opened its doors on July 20th.

The Chapter, which was rejuvenated after a few years of dormancy, is full of fresh ideas, new skills, and active members.

These members are dedicated to helping the citizens of Bangladesh Dhaka in the following for areas:

+ Bridging the digital divide by enabling Internet access and promoting the use of localized contents;
+ Providing education related to technical and social aspects of Internet through seminars, workshops, and training;
+ Building Internet related awareness and formulation of policies;
Fostering research.

Due to the large increase in Internet users over the past few years, the Chapter will also focus its efforts on making sure the people of Bangladesh Dhaka can create or have access to local content in their own language.  As with many countries, this lack of locally relevant content is considered one of the top barriers when it comes to Internet use.

Want to get involved with the Internet Society's Dhaka's Bangladesh Chapter?  Please contact:  isoc.bd.dhaka at gmail.com<mailto:isoc.bd.dhaka at gmail.com>



- Contributed by: Victor NDONNANG

While it's just only a few weeks old, the Internet Society's rejuvenated Cameroon Chapter is well on its way at becoming a hub of Internet and web expertise in their local communities.

"We are open to share the experiences and skills from other Chapters officers. Our sincere thanks are extended to Internet Society Chapter formation and development team for their help and support," said a Chapter Representative.

The challenges of the new Chapter are many.

As of 2011, Cameroon's population is just over 19 million.  As of June 2010, only 3.8 per cent of those are Internet users.

According to an Internet Society report, some of the problems Cameroon faces are things like:

+ Poor telephone lines, though tremendous efforts are being made to improve underground lines, mostly in big towns;

+ Lack of more qualified technicians to run TCP/IP networks, despite the enormous effort made by the Ministry of Higher Education and other governmental organizations;
+ The difficulty the average African has in affording a computer, subscribing for an Internet line or having access to information about the Internet.

But the Cameroon Chapter is well on its way to helping address issues like these.

They're doing this by:

+ Raising awareness and be instrumental for the establishment of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Cameroon in order to reduce the Internet access cost and promote new services;

+ Active participation in all upcoming Internet events and promotion of local communication around these events;

+ Creating and publishing of a monthly newsletter for Internet users of Cameroon in order to promote safe Internet and raise awareness on the risks of Cybercrime (scam, identity theft...);

+ Writing and publishing an "Internet learning book" to teach students of high schools and universities about how to efficiently use the Internet.

While the Chapter was officially recognized on July 6th  2011, it held its Constitutive General Assembly in Yaounde on May 7,  2011

Internet Society members who live in Cameroon and other stakeholders were invited to participate in the rejuvenation process of the Cameroon Chapter of the Internet Society. It is important to note that this rejuvenating process started 2009.

Following that General Assembly, exchanges continued with Internet Society headquarters and have led to official recognition of the Cameroon Chapter on July 6, 2011.

For more information, please contact the Internet Society Cameroon Chapter's team at: info at isoc-cameroon.org<mailto:info at isoc-cameroon.org>



- Contributed by: Vera Doku

The Internet Society Ghana Chapter and the Ghana Network Operator's Group welcomed leading network operators who chose to go back to school to help improve the country's Internet access.

The two groups held a series of back-to-back workshops from June 18-23:

+ A 2 day Train The Trainer (TTT) programme which was organized by Internet Society Chapter of Ghana.

+ The fourth edition of the UNIX system administration workshop dubbed 'ghNOG-4'.

Both workshops happened back-to-back at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and instructors for the were AfNOG / ghNOG alumni and practicing network managers from industry, academia and non-governmental operators.

At the start of the Train the Trainer workshop, the President of the Internet Society Ghana Chapter, Mr. Daniel Obuobi said he was confident that the enthusiasm shown by the 15 participants demonstrated their willingness to join the corps of volunteer instructors who work with the Internet Society Ghana Chapter and ghNOG to spread the community-based capacity building programme to other parts of the country.

According to Mr. Obuobi, the Internet Society Ghana Chapter is poised to expand its capacity building programme to improve quality and enhance Internet service delivery of network operators in Ghana.

"We will count on your support anytime we have a ghNOG workshop in your area," he said.

He hinted that with the corps of new trained instructors, the Internet Society Ghana Chapter and ghNOG may add new workshop tracks focused on national IT developmental needs.

Some of the main issues many Africans face when it comes to the Internet are still basic: cost, education and access.

According to the Internet World Stats Website, only 15% of Africa's total population has regular access.  In Ghana, only 5.2% of its population (or 1.1% of Africa's total) can log on.

The world average for Internet penetration is nearly five times this number, which means Ghanians have one of the lowest rates when it comes to people who are using the Internet.

The four-day ghNOG-4 Workshop, which was held back-to-back with the TTT workshop had twenty six participants from industry, academia and non-governmental network operators attending. At the end of the workshop, participants were equipped with skills to setup a UNIX Internet production system with all essential services, such as email and web services.

Participants also received books donated by Network Startup Resource Center, a US based organization that helps develop and deploy networking technology in various projects throughout Asia/Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the New Independent States.

During the closing ceremony, the local host and head of Computer Science & IT Department of the University of Cape Coast, Dr. J. M. Eghan said he was happy the workshop was held at the university and added that he would be glad to promote the ghNOG community based capacity concept in Cape Coast.

Internet Society and Ghana's premier mobile telecommunication network, MTN Ghana, made the workshops possible.



- Contributed by: Yvonne Lim

With over 77 per cent of people in Singapore using the Internet, it's easy to assume that there isn't a lot to do to when comes the future of the Internet or the web.

That's simply not the case for the Internet Society's new Chapter in Singapore.

The Chapter, which was given approval this June, says there's a lot of exciting work left to do when it comes to the future of the Internet in Singapore.  It's focusing its efforts on the promotion of technology and applications to help organizations and individuals work together and develop Singapore's unique voice.

Its objectives are:

+ To Advance and promote the use of the Internet and its associated technologies and applications, and as a means of enabling organisations, professions, and individuals worldwide to more effectively collaborate, cooperate, and innovate in their respective fields and interests in Singapore.

+ Cover the engagement of a wide range of Internet educational initiatives

+ Promote the expansion of Internet access at all levels of the local community and provide forums for professional networking and knowledge sharing.

It also aims to help with the recruitment and job market development in local technology industries as well as develop and lead initiatives for the expansion of broad community access and infrastructure development.

The Chapter will be established as a non-profit organisation under the laws of Singapore.

As we are young and new, we welcome comments and feedback.
If you're interested in getting involved, please email them at:

yvonnelyc at ntu.edu.sg<mailto:yvonnelyc at ntu.edu.sg>


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