Networking global connections and systems
Tuesday was AfNOG's day. Well, there were other sessions but the focus was AfNOG as they sought to demonstrate the important role technical issues play in networking and connections. And of course the impact that has had on Internet access and use.
With presenters coming from different parts of the world, this was an interesting day offering ideas on networking, peering, cloud computing, capacity building, and many other issues. It was also an opportunity for network engineers and operators and others to meet to share operational best practices, experiences, knowledge and skills..
Even the African Secret Working Group had an opportunity to share their 2013 report. But they swore the delegates to secrecy, and thus none of the issues they shared make it to this Brief.
Quote of the day
"We should utilise the power of the Internet to reach more people, and increase the benefits of our capacity building programme"
Kevin Chege, ISOC
When government, and government agency officials meet there are lots of issues to tackle. The AFRINIC Government Working Group (AfGWG) has given delegates from governments an opportunity to engage with issues that affect them in a closed session. But things have changed as they seek to expand the discussions beyond government circles.
Accordingly, the AfGWG had two sessions, a closed and an open session which discussed many issues relating to government involvement in Internet development, penetration and use, policy formulation and application, and governance among others.
These issues related very closely with those discussed at the multistakeholder round table organised by the Oxford Internet Institute, the New Partnership for Africa's Development? (Nepad) and AFRINIC. This session looked at how to involve the numerous sectors and actors from across the world in Internet governance issues and what the future of the multistakeholder approach is.
A rich mix of issues, and a lot more …
A lot has been covered thus far. And lots of connections created. From the first comers session to the AFRALO/civil society engagement to the AFREN session on Monday, AIS '13 has lived to its reputation as an important platform for engagement and discussion of various issues that are clearly of great interest. There is of course a lot of things to come but those sessions set the scene for people to understand the role of the numerous organisations key to the development of the Internet in Africa. During the first comers session, for instance, it was clear that several organisations, sectors and actors have made tremendous contributions to Internet development and use in Africa. Whether it's AFRINIC represented on the panel by Chief Operations Officer Anne Rachel Inne and CEO Adiel Akplogan, AFREN by Dr Nii Quaynor, AfNOG by Michuki Mwangi, AfricaCERT by Jacques Houngbo, and AfTLD by Dr Paulos Nyirenda, it was abundantly clear that the synergies created by the relationships have contributed enormously to the enhancement of Internet access and use in Africa.
Keeping the FIRE burning
AFRINIC 2013 FIRE grantees have been here. Their mission: to attend a workshop to learn from each other, share experiences, and participate in discussions meant to strengthen their projects.
The workshop kicked off Monday with grantees examining project monitoring issues and indicators. After having presented their project to each other, they interacted in a group exercise to identify clear monitoring indicators.
For the nine grantees in Lusaka, a lot has been going on. One grantee, Peter Kaaya from Arusha Technical College, said the workshop was useful and would help clarity objectives, results, activities and resources of different projects. Moreover this gave him an opportunity to meet peers, collaborate and exchange ideas about projects and their management.
The FIRE is a grants and awards programme designed to encourage and support the development of solutions to information and communication needs in the Africa region.