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J’burg set to host global Internet stakeholders @ICANN59

All is now set for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 59th public meeting in Johannesburg Sandton Convention Center, reports ITRealms.

The meeting, ITRealms  reports, has been slated between June 26 to 29, 2017, and is the second forum policies of ICANN; which focuses on policy development work and awareness. This is the tenth time that ICANN meeting to be held in Africa, a continent with great potential online.

The meeting, ITRealms reports, has been slated between June 26 to 29, 2017, and is the second forum policies of ICANN; which focuses on policy development work and awareness. This is the tenth time that ICANN meeting to be held in Africa, a continent with great potential online.

Organized by the Authority of the domain name .ZA (Zadna), ITRealms gathered the meeting would be a four-day assemblage of global and regional Internet stakeholders to develop a policy for the domain name system (DNS).

Communications Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at ICANN, Luna Madi, revealed to ITRealms that one of the key topics of the ICANN59 media is the working key signing key (KSK turnover). 

ICANN, she said is in the process of rolling a KSK Security Extensions Domain Name System (DNSSEC) to replace high-level cryptographic keys used in DNSSEC, bearing that will be effective October 11, 2017. Stressing this is another good reason to attend the ICANN59 last ICANN meeting before rolling: learn more about this major change.

At the meeting, she also said, there would be a public presentation of the final report of the market research on the system of names of African field study commissioned by ICANN.
“The report highlights the strengths and weaknesses of African industry Domain Name System (DNS) and makes recommendations on how to ensure that the industry uses to place the opportunities available to it and notes the challenges identified,” Madi said.

ITRealms recalls that ICANN59 is the third meeting since the transition to the supervision of the IANA and is a platform for the new empowered community that took over the system of unique identifiers of the Internet. Thus, another subject of interest is the authorized community. Through this mechanism, Madi explained the global Internet community through supporting organizations (SO) and advisory committees (AC) of ICANN, could be organized under California law to be able to legally enforce its community powers.

ICANN meetings provide the opportunity to those interested to know how to join ICANN and to exert influence. Important opinions are presented through various ICANN structures worldwide. Here in Africa, structures such as the AFRALO , real benchmark of the Internet community of individual users for Africa, the African representatives of the Governmental Advisory Committee, including the South African government, intergovernmental organizations as observers such as the ATU and other regional entities such as the AFICTA , help to hear the different voices in the region.

"This is what makes the success of the multi-stakeholder model of ICANN, the mixture of voices around the world," she said.

Pointing out that while Africa continues to strengthen its online presence, ICANN expects that new users would participate in the ICANN community to ensure that the unique perspective of their continent is reflected in the DNS policies.

The strategy for ICANN's meetings is also defined to consider this model: ICANN meetings are held three times a year in different parts of the world, in order to give all stakeholders interested the opportunity to interact in person with the rest of the community.


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