In October 2009, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the creation of internationalized country code top-level domains (IDN ccTLDs) in the Internet that use the IDNA standard for native language scripts.
African Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD) acts as a focal point for all the African TLDs Managers, to discuss matters of policy that affect ccTLDs globally.
To improve the abilities of African ccTLD organizations to maintain business continuity the Workshop will focus on to the process of developing and enhancing management of Internet infrastructure and services in Africa by discussing policy issues affecting ccTLDs in Africa.
The Policy Workshop will assess the current situation of ccTLDs in Africa in the light of the Pailles Declaration made during the cc
Top-level domains in different languages have only just begun to tap into the global demand for access to and communication over the Internet. IDNs and new gTLDs may be the single most effective entry point into the global Internet infrastructure for the non-English speaking world.
Cyberattacks have been increasing both in number and ferocity.
Top-level domains are particularly at risk because of the breadth of
the consequences when failures or service degradations occur. When
a country code top-level domain is attacked, both its economy and
its citizens are at risk.
This workshop aims at interrogating the final research findings of the KICTANet/KeNIC research project titled 'Strengthening ccTLD's in East Africa 'for GLOCOM with the support of International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) .
The research objective was to establish operational and governance of ccTLD's ,organizational structures, competition and impact of price on uptake and regulatory framework in the East African region.
UNESCO, OECD and ISOC aim to organize a workshop on economic aspects of local content creation and local infrastructure. The partners involved in the study support the efforts and progress made within the framework of enhanced cooperation in shaping Internet policy around the principles of inclusiveness, diversity and openness, and in enhancing the mutual understanding and relations among all stakeholders, fostering their participation in the policy dialogue process.
Enhanced Intra-Stakeholder Diversity and Intra-stakeholder Balance in Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance
As the IGF progresses towards its sixth annual meeting, it is necessary to further strengthen the multi-stakeholder process in various ways. The multi-stakeholder model of Governnace is a process designed to ensure the evolution of balanced policies for Internet Governance. Each stakeholder group places its concerns on the table, and in discussions with other stakeholder groups a balance emerges. For this process to bring about a true balance, it requires the stakeholder groups to be of adequate diversity and be balanced within.
This worshop has been organized in the IGF of Sharm el Sheik and in the IGF of Vilnius and we plan to organize it for the third time in Kenya.
Although some latin languages like Spanish and Portuguese are spoken by hundreds of million people, there is not a direct relationship with these figures and the presence of these languages on the Internet.
Even more challenging is the situation of native languages in the Internet, which are also challenged even in their national environment.
Although there seem to be many barriers, there are also several projects and examples
Mobile access to the Internet is on the rise in both developed and developing countries. In OECD countries, "smartphones" and tablet PCs are opening up new ways of access to government services. But even lower-cost devices in developing countries are no barrier - provided that electronic government services are designed with multiple access channels in mind. Mobile government is an important area to consider not only because it allows for better and more efficient provision of public services.
The role of Internet Exchange Points in creating Internet capacity and bringing autonomy to developing nations
The main themes to be covered in this workshop are: an explanation of how Internet bandwidth, the capacity to route Internet traffic, is produced within Internet exchange points, an overview of the distribution of Internet exchange points globally, and discussion of the role of Internet exchange points in making developing regions autonomous from the draining expense of international telecommunications carriage.