[AfrICANN-discuss] Talk by Mr. Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN Vice President for Africa to University of Nairobi Students

Mwendwa Kivuva Kivuva at transworldafrica.com
Wed Apr 2 20:55:14 SAST 2014

Mr. Pierre Dandjinou, Vice President for Africa, at the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was a guest speaker
at the School of Computing and Informatics. During his talk he urged
students to be ardent in adding value to the Internet rather than
being consumers.

The VP talked on ICANN's responsibility in policy formulation for
managing unique identifiers such as  Internet Protocal (IP) addresses,
and domain extension (top level domains) such as .edu, .com, .biz as
well as country code domain names such as '.ke'. He pointed out that
initially there were 22 domain extensions, but presently there are
about 1,300.

Speaking on the language of the Internet, he appreciated the
incorporation of diverse cultures citing that the Internet currently
has 62% of it in English unlike in 1991, when it was 100% English.
ICANN is working on increasing the number of domain extensions, under
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) , such as  '.africa'.

While concluding the talk, Mr. Moturi, Deputy Director SCI appreciated
the presence of Mr. Dandjinou and termed his visit very beneficial
especially to the undergraduate computer science students.

The meeting was arranged by Internet Society Kenya Chapter Secretary
General and ALS Representative Mwendwa Kivuva,  ICANN Manager for
Stakeholder Engagement in East Africa Bob Ochieng, and the School of
Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi led by Mr.
Christopher Moturi


Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya

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