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We've just announced that registration for the Africa Internet Summit 2016 (AIS'16) is open and would like to extend a warm invite to all of you. We've put together a list of FAQs about the meeting to answer any queries about the event that you may have.

What is an AIS?

Now on its fourth edition, the AIS is a regional, multi-stakeholder ICT conference which brings together Africa's ICT technical and business community to discuss regional and global ICT issues and challenges. Launched in The Gambia in 2012, the Summit consists of seminars, workshops, tutorials, conference sessions and social events | More information.

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AFRINIC-17 Fellows in Khartoum, Sudan

AF17fellowsThe AFRINIC Fellowship Programme provides opportunities for those individuals from African countries who have an interest in Internet operations and governance to participate in the AFRINIC public policy meetings. Since 2012, 33 people from 23 different countries have attended an AFRINIC Meeting as a Fellow. AFRINIC holds two open public policy meetings every year in various locations throughout its service region. 

The Meetings provide a unique opportunity for Internet-related individuals and organisations to gather to discuss the policies governing Internet number resource distribution in the African region, to share technical knowledge, and to attend workshops and tutorials.

Who can apply?

The AFRINIC Fellowship is for individuals representing small organisations, universities, and media outlets that are actively involved in Internet operations, Internet infrastructure development, Internet access, Internet governance or ICT policy development in their countries and respective communities. To qualify for an AFRINIC Fellowship, you:

  • Must be a resident of an African/Indian Ocean economy (as defined in the list of economies in the AFRINIC service region)
  • Don't need to be an AFRINIC member
  • Should have a technical (IT, Computer Science) background or be actively involved in Internet governance and/or ICT policy development
  • Must not have not benefited from previous AFRINIC fellowships

Applicants from Francophone, Lusophone, isolated communities, women and those from marginalised sectors of society are actively encouraged to apply.

What does the Fellowship entail?

The Fellowship provides basic financial assistance to the selected applicants, which usually covers the travel costs, hotel accommodation and basic daily living expenses associated with attending an AFRINIC Meeting. Fellows are invited to attend the full meeting week and may also attend any of the associated workshops, seminars and training courses that they are eligible for. 

Benefits

The Fellowship enables those who would otherwise be unable to travel to AFRINIC Meetings due to financial constraints the opportunity to attend an event in person. Fellows can take advantage of:

  • Training courses and workshops.
  • Knowledge-share.
  • Meeting their peers in person.
  • Networking with the African and global Internet community.
  • Witnessing first hand how the AFRINIC Policy Development Process works.
  • Meeting with AFRINIC staff and the AFRINIC community. 

Don't just take our word for it! Read this great blog post from AFRINIC-23 Fellow Bonface Witaba about his experience.  

Expectations

AFRINIC Fellows are expected to actively contribute to IP address management awareness, policy development, Internet governance and/or infrastructure development in the region prior, during and after the meeting. Fellows are expected to attend every session, particularly the Policy Development sessions and will be required to provide reports on how the Fellowship has benefited them, their organisation and community within an agreed time frame after the event.

How you can apply

We open the call for applications around three months before each AFRINIC Meeting and we inform the community via our mailing lists and through social media. The current call for applications for the AFRINIC-24 Fellowship is now open and will close on 2 April 2016.

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icann55 marrakech logo 300x255 230x196The ICANN 55 Meeting is taking place this week, 5-10 March in Marrakech, Morocco. It's vital that the African community takes part, whether in person or remotely, to ensure that the needs of our community are placed at the forefront of discussion about the future of the Internet.

Participate remotely

Just because you are not able to attend in person does not mean that your voice should not be head. The event offers high-quality live streaming and remote participation tools. Importantly for our region, low-bandwidth options are also provided and simultaneous translation into some of the continents widely spoken languages, including French, Portuguese and Arabic, is facilitated for many sessions.

Get involved with AFRALO and help to shape the future of the Internet 

At-Large is the name for the community of individual Internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN. More than 140 At-Large Structures representing the views of individual Internet users are active throughout the world. Our region is represented by the African Regional At-Large Organisation (AFRALO) and participation is open to everyone. AFRALO will be organising and taking part in many sessions during the ICANN 55 Meeting, including:

Relevant sessions for the AFRINIC Community 

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10 March

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Here is an overview of news, activities and and events from last month in case you missed something:

  • 02 February: After several AFRINIC members reporting receiving emails bearing the AFRINIC logo and soliciting the sale or lease of IPv4 address blocks, we reminded the community that the use of this logo was not authorised and that the current policy does not allow for sale or trade of IPv4 address space. 

  • 10 February: The call for volunteers for the 2016 NomCom was issued. 

  • 11 February: We opened the call for presentations for the upcoming Africa Internet Summit 2016 (AIS'16).

  • 24 February: The list of countries selected to host the AFRINIC IPv6 and Internet Number Resource Management Workshops in 2016 was published

  • 25 February: The selected members of the NomCom 2016 was announced. 

You can keep up-to-date with the latest AFRINIC news at:

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Mwendwa Kivuva, AFRINIC community member, explains how African organisations would  benefit from becoming a member of AFRINIC and his concern over the low Internet penetration rate in the African region in this article published by the Daily Nation.

"In the first week of December, an important meeting, the Africa Network Information Center (AFRINIC-23) took place in Pointe Noire, Congo-Brazzaville, to discuss Internet Number resources policies in Africa..."

 

Read the full article on the Daily Nation here.

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