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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Pathfinder, NPOC commend 2016 Nigeria DigitalSENSE on IG4D, IPv6

As part of the court-down to the 2016 Nigeria DigitalSENSE on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable, an international organization inspiring people on the use of the Internet and affordable access, Pathfinder Initiative and the Not-for-Profit Constituency (NPOC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have commended the efforts of DigitalSENSE Africa for growing interest on Internet Governance on the continent, reports ITRealms.

Chief Executive of Pathfinder Initiative and vice chairman of NPOC at ICANN, Mr. Klaus Stoll gave this commendation on the forthcoming 2016 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series slated for June 2-3 at the Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa-Oshodi, Lagos.

He advised Nigerians and Africans at large to engage on stakeholders’ efforts on Internet Governance so as to make their voices heard on future development of the Internet.

“One of the key voices that is missing today is that of the Internet users. Most individual citizens and groups are focused on how they may use the Internet as a tool, but they do not focus on the Internet and its governance,” he noted.

Klaus pointed out that most Internet users in the world today, are not aware that Internet Government processes even exist.

“If we cannot find practical ways to enable wider and deepen participation, this will threaten the very legitimacy of Internet governance and thereby the Internet itself,” he urged.

Advising participants to ensure active participation in this year’s two-day forum being put together by DigitalSENSE Africa Media as a rallying point for aggregation of viewpoints of common Nigerian Internet users in line with best global multistakeholder engagement for Internet governance.

DigitalSENSE Africa Media, she said, is an At-Large Structure certified by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and organizes this annual forum in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

This year’s theme, focuses on  ‘Internet Governance: Creating Opportunities for All Nigerians’ on day 1, while Day 2 is the Nigeria IPV6 Roundtable with the theme on ‘Creating Opportunities for Nigerians with IPv6’ in commemoration of the World IPv6 Day 2016.

DigitalSENSE Africa is a team of internationally reputed and award-winning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry analysts and perception managers;  professionally affiliated to African Regional At-Large Organisation (AFRALO) for shaping the future of the Internet, African Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS), as well as the media caucus of African Information Society Initiative (AISI) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) among others.

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