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Two-day NETmundial event concludes with publication of Multi-Stakeholder Document

The NETmundial event took place in Sao Paolo, Brazil, from 23-24 April 2014 and was attended by over 1,000 stakeholders both online and in person. Attendees from governments, the private sector, civil society, technical community, and academia from around the world gathered to discuss Internet governance principles and to develop a roadmap for the future evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem.

Discussions centered around the IANA Transition process, network neutrality, surveillance and the need to fortify the current Internet Governance Forum (IGF) structure. The outcome of the two-day event was the Multi-Stakeholder Document, a consensus-developed, non-binding set of principles and guidelines, which forms an important milestone for the evolution of Internet governance.

AFRINIC, as a founding member of 1Net, one of the organisers of NETmundial, and as part of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), was heavily involved in the organisation of the event.

Quite a few representatives of the African community participated to ensure that African region’s unique needs are taken into consideration. Though not all agreed with the Multi-Stakeholder Document, all recognised the value of coming together to discuss and arrive at a common result: the Multi-stakeholder Document.

While NETmundial established the ground for heightened and more inclusive discussion on Internet governance, all these discussions are ongoing and more collaboration and input is expected in the coming months. AFRINIC looks forward to the community’s input during the upcoming AFRINIC Meetings.  


Important notification regarding the heartbleed bug

Most of you are, by now, aware of the 'Heartbleed' bug which presents serious vulnerabilities in the OpenSSL library. This weakness allows one to read the memory of an OpenSSL protected system. Nevertheless, not all OpenSSL versions are vulnerable. You can find further information on the bug and vulnerable versions of OpenSSL on the web at 

The 'Heartbleed' bug has been a major concern for AFRINIC over the past week and we would like to assure our members and the community that all our systems have been thoroughly verified and updated when found to be vulnerable.

We would like to point out that a particular attention was given to the MyAFRINIC member portal, our financial systems and to RPKI hosts to ensure that the vulnerability was not exploited to obtain privileged information.

Furthermore, we would like to emphasise that, for our members who make use of AFRINIC's online payment feature, transactions are forwarded directly to our financial provider's gateway so no credit card information could be leaked via the MyAFRINIC portal.  Moreover, we have contacted our financial provider and have been assured that their systems were safe from that threat.



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