[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN DNS Study

Olévié Kouami olivierkouami at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 17:34:40 UTC 2016

+1 @Khaled.

Please, dear all*
I wanted to add and insist by saying that it's a referential study, first
time held in Africa. So, please, we need to gather the more we can of datas
on the level of the DNS industry in our beloved countries. So that
efficients recommandations will follow to help the growing of this market
in Africa.
Long live Africa from a sustainable development.

My 2 cents

2016-09-09 15:01 GMT+00:00 Khaled Koubaa <khaled.koubaa at gmail.com>:

> Dear colleagues,
> I highly encourage all of you to take part of this survey.
> Please share it widely through your networks to make sure we have better
> image of the DNS industry in our continent.
> Cheers,
> Khaled
> Khaled Koubaa
> Twitter : @koubaak <https://twitter.com/koubaak>
> LinkedIn : http://lnked.in/kkoubaa
> Assessing domain name management systems in Africa: Take part in the
> survey!
> Southern African Communications Forum
> https://dnsafrica.study/
> An in-depth study of the DNS ecosystem in Africa has been commissioned
> by ICANN, and the project implementation team, led by the Southern
> African Communications Forum (SACF), is appealing to the technical
> community in Africa to make the study a success by completing the online
> survey at http://dnsafrica.study. The study aims to identify the
> strengths and weaknesses in the domain name system (DNS) in every
> country in Africa, and will develop recommendations on how to advance
> the industry and bring it closer to the opportunities available. To
> support the project, the SACF has assembled a team with deep experience
> of the African internet environment, including a number of members of
> the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), as well as Mark
> Elkins, who initially operated the successful .co.za domain, and William
> Stucke, who has been involved in the South African internet industry
> since its inception.
> What is this study for?
> The study aims to verify the commonly held assumption that there are
> about 1.5 million domain names registered under the 58 African top-level
> domains (TLDs), and will unpack this figure to gain a clearer picture of
> the distribution of domain registrations around the continent. African
> countries have had widely varying degrees of success in selling their
> own domains to their citizens and others, many of whom are also
> registering under the generic domains (gTLDs) such as .com and .org.
> ICANN believes that an opportunity exists to boost the domain name
> industry in Africa, to the benefit of all role players in the industry,
> as well as the citizens and governments of African countries.
> What is the study’s scope?
> The DNS study will entail:
> 1. Conducting a survey to gather relevant information about the African
> DNS market. In the case of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs),
> collected information includes governance models and registry models.
> This is the main body of work – to encourage as many people as possible
> from the different stakeholder groups to answer the questionnaire.
> 2. Developing a regional and country-based breakdown of domain name
> registrations, including ccTLD versus gTLD registrations, and
> registrations by businesses, governments, non-governmental entities,
> research and academic institutions, individuals, etc. The proportion of
> active domains will also be assessed.
> 3. Looking at the type of content hosted by the domains and the share of
> the sites that offer e-commerce services. Identifying whether this
> content is hosted within the country or outside will also be an
> important part of the assessment.
> 4. Measuring the growth rate of domain name registrations in the past
> five years, including internationalized domain names (IDNs), and looking
> at the current market of local registrars and resellers for ccTLDs and
> gTLDs.
> 5. Where possible, looking at the current market of global registrars
> and resellers for African ccTLDs and gTLDs. This will include the user
> experience at local registrars and resellers (e.g. support for local
> languages, payment gateways, IDN support, and level of automation).
> Other issues that will be taken note of include: the factors that are
> holding back take-up of domain names (e.g. awareness, infrastructure,
> policy and/or regulation, payment gateway); the current understanding of
> the concept of premium domain names and how to develop this market; the
> best practices that have made an impact in domain name market growth,
> including those related to business models, regulatory and governance
> mechanisms, consumer awareness, among others; the broader ecosystem of
> the internet infrastructure and online services and the impact of such
> elements on the overall evolution of the domain name industry; and
> mechanisms to increase African participation in ICANN activities. The
> study will also provide information on how to set up a DNS observatory
> in Africa.
> Online survey tools and your participation
> The team has developed an online survey tool for each stakeholder type
> in four languages: English, French, Arabic and Portuguese. In addition,
> a DNS Zone File Analysis Tool has been developed that is able to analyse
> a DNS zone file and return details on the number of active websites in
> the zone, where they are hosted and what languages they use.
> The main effort currently is to encourage the different role players to
> complete the survey, as well as to request the relevant agencies to make
> zone files available for analysis.
> The six key role players that the study is focusing on are:
>     Registries: A registry is an organisation operating a database
> containing domain name details, typically the designated operator of the
> ccTLD (which is accredited by ICANN) and second level and perhaps lower
> level domains for that country. These may be operated by the same or
> different entities.
>     Registrars: Organisations that register domain names on behalf of
> others, often officially accredited by a registry.
>     Resellers: Organisations who register domain names on behalf of
> registrars or registries.
>     Registrants: People or companies with a domain name registered in
> their own name.
>     Regulators: Those who have a legally mandated role to play in
> determining the policy and rules around domain name registration.
>     IXP managers: Those who manage one or more internet exchange points
> in a country. These are a useful contact point for finding out important
> data, including contact details of all those above.
>     The survey tool is available for anyone who is involved in the DNS
> industry or has registered a domain name.
> The team is hoping that this blog post will encourage readers to fill in
> the relevant questionnaire. Having recruited a respondent, the
> responsible team members will follow up and help ensure that the
> respondent completes the relevant questionnaires. All respondents will
> be provided with access to the final report.
> The team carrying out the study calls for your assistance to make this
> initiative a success, in order to improve domain name management in Africa.
> To participate in the survey, go to https://dnsafrica.study/
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