[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN DNS Study
Daddy TALASI KAZIAMA
daddytalasi at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 11:25:13 UTC 2016
> Le 9 sept. 2016 à 16:01, Khaled Koubaa <khaled.koubaa at gmail.com> a écrit :
> 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.
> Khaled Koubaa
> Twitter : @koubaak <https://twitter.com/koubaak>
> LinkedIn : http://lnked.in/kkoubaa <http://lnked.in/kkoubaa>
> Assessing domain name management systems in Africa: Take part in the survey!
> Southern African Communications Forum
> https://dnsafrica.study/ <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 <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 <http://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
> 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/ <https://dnsafrica.study/>
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