Wednesday, May 07, 2008

ISOC Ghana holds outreach on Internet resource

THE Internet Society of Ghana recently held its first outreach programme for 2008 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi in Ghana, reports CHARLES OKOH.

Tagged “Towards improved Internet Governance – Managing the National Internet Resource”, the outreach programme aimed at bringing the debate on Internet Governance to society at large for their input, a typical bottom-up approach to policy input in the development process.

Addressing the gathering of students and lecturers, the lead speaker, Prof Nii Quaynor enumerated the issues at the centre of the debate on the Internet Governance, and the nature of the debate.

Prof Quaynor, the 2007 Jon B, Postel Award honouree, explained how the national Internet resources, comprising domain name registration and Internet Protocol (IP) address, were being managed.

According to him, numbers or Internet Protocol (IP addresses) were managed on the continental level by the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). Africa Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) is the African RIR.

He also explained the history of the domain name management and how the Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLDs) has been and is currently managed as well as the issue in the management of the .gh ccTLD registry.

This, he said, included ensuring full representation of stakeholders in the industry and transparency in its management.

Prof. Quaynor, who has managed the .gh ccTLD since 1996 as the administrative contact, also called on everyone present to be part of the debate on Internet governance to contribute to move the registry forward.

Earlier, the General Secretary of Internet Society Ghana chapter and National Coordinator of Ghana Network Information Centre (GhNIC), Mr. Eric Akumiah, traced the history of the Internet, highlighting the pre-ICANN activities of Jonathan Bruce Postel; the need for the formation of ICANN and its mandate; the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS); and the ensuing Internet Governance debate.

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