[AfrICANN-discuss] Re: A brief update on the ASWG

Dandjinou Pierre pdandjinou at gmail.com
Mon Sep 10 01:02:06 SAST 2012

Seems to me the best way of contributing was to fill the questionnaires
which were circulated on this list in both English and French versions!!!

Pierre Dandjinou

On Sunday, September 9, 2012, Pierre Lotis NANKEP <lnankep at yahoo.fr> wrote:
> Dear All,
> I pity my Africa, When the end of amateurism?
> When will be the end of the exploitation of our activists?
> ICANN has used the same approach in other regions?
> Really, Africa continue to serve as a test laboratory. And when it suits
the interest of some selfish, they can only be silent.
> Our Internet activists have become businessmen or politicians. One might
even call them followshipers (fellowship experts).
> Fortunately there are still a few honest leaders. Thank God!
> "The Icann Africa strategy Working Group held its retreat in Mauritius
> on 27-28 August. The meeting was facilitated by ICANN and AfriNIC."
> It is absolutely necessary for AWG Experts to meet physically to produce
this type of document?
> Please shared with us the questionnaires (Zip format) you have received.
So we can make our own compilation.
> ICANN really need this cinema? ICANN has really supported? What is the
relationship between "ICANN Africa Strategy" and ICANN Strategy 2012-2015
that you find here? :
> Why this initiative has not been launched before the development of the
strategy of ICANN?
> Anyway, found my comments below (in Bleu color)...
> ICANN Africa Strategy Working Group (ASWG)
> an ICANN innovation!!!?
> Assessment of ASWG questionnaires
> 05 September 2012
> From 10 July to 20h August the Africa Strategy working Group, which was
set up by ICANN at its 44th meeting in Prague (Yes and no! There was
cheating. The meeting, which creates the famous AWG has not occurred, or at
least it has not known the participation of all Africans who were
present.), administered a set of two questionnaires on the AfrICANN list .
The pursued objective was to engage with the community on the one hand, and
collect community opinions and recommendations as to the Icann Africa
strategy (Why the African Union is not involved, as it was the case with
dotAfrica?) on the other hand.
> The questionnaires had to (two) components, each of them with subsequent
sub questions : the first component sought to assess the relevance of ICANN
to Africa, and also the benefits ICANN could derive from further
involvement in Africa. The second component puts to test the suggestion
that an ICANN's physical presence in Africa should improve the
Organisation's image and activities in Africa (Africa is part of the world.
And ICANN does not need a survey to be deployed in Africa. This is an
> A total of 18 respondents filled out the questionnaires and were from the
following constituencies and countries :
> At large/Civil society/registrants : 6
> - How many for At-large?
> - How many for Civil Society? and their Names?
> - How many for Registrants (what is the impact)?
> - And non-Registrant?
> Registry/registrars : 3
> - How many Registry? and their Names?
> - How many Registrar? and their Names?
> Governments : 3
> - Governments Names?
> - What is the boundary between Registry and Government (in the case of
> Academia : 2
> - Names?
> ND (non defined) : 4
> - They are aliens or Martians?
> Respondents' countries included : Burkina Faso; Kenya; Nigeria; Cameroon;
DRC; Tunisia; Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania , Niger, Congo and Mali.
> Provide for each country a snippet showing the category of the
respondents (Civil Society, Governments, Academia, etc.)
> The following section of your document, to be used appropriately, it
would be desirable to provide answers or clarifications to the above
concerns. Especially shared with us the questionnaires (zip format). That's
the openness we ask every time!
> Questionnaire No1: It has been argued that ICANN can be more relevant to
Africa and ICANN can benefit from increased involvement with Africa. To
assist explore these please respond to the questions below
> To the question 'What has ICANN done right in the eyes of the African
community?' , most respondents cited the holding of ICANN's meetings every
two years on the continent , on a rotational basis and the establishment of
the fellowship programme which has enabled participation of more Africans
to ICANN's meetings globally.
> Also, a few of respondents believe that some of the basic principles that
ICANN promotes so that Africa develops and maintains its Internet resources
through for example maintaining geographic names and strings reserved for
the right owner is the right thing that ICANN does. The effort made in
translation, namely into the french language is also perceived as a good
> 'What has ICANN not done well in Africa in the eyes of the African
community within ICANN?,
> Lack of or none communication of ICANN process to Africa.
> Inclusion of Geographic names in the new gTLD programme;
> Approving of sensitive strings against all protests from African ICANN.
> There is lack of ICANN’s presence in Africa,
> Poor communication and outreach on the new gTLD programme in Africa
> Failure in working with African cctlds
> There is lack of understanding of the Continent’s economic and
developmental environment by ICANN Board and staff.
> The implication of high level government members in Icann activities;
> The development of African ccTLD’s and their support;
> The cooperation with African regional organizations
> What do you wish the most for ICANN to do in interest of Africa?
> Inclusion of Africa in the activities of ICANN.
> Increase the participation of Africans in ICANN constituencies, meetings
by stepping up outreach programs in the Continent thereby creating the much
needed awareness among the technical and business people in Africa.
> Appointment of a VP for Africa.
> Support, train, communicate ICANN to the African Governments and create
linkages with Academia.
> Build capacity for African cctlds
> develop a closer link with the AF*
> ICANN should listen more Africans' needs
> Conduct special research on the understanding of internet and ICT
business in the Continent, especially the new gTLD.
> Create focus group on Africa.
> Set up an Africa bureau for ICANN
> Develop special waivers to facilitate accreditation of more registrars in
> Reorient the JAS programme so that it could benefit African registrars
and help build a local domain name industry
> Promote and support sensitization campaigns, communication and training
activities as related to ICANN and its programmes, using media and
targeting local languages

Pierre Dandjinou
Cotonou - 229 90 087784 / 66566610
Dakar 221 77 639 30 41
skype : sagbo1953
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