LACNIC Internet Community Newsletter
AfriNIC-6 Public Policy Meeting
Other outcomes of this meeting were the setting up of Birds of Feather sessions on IPv4 exhaustion, anti-spam and the Policy Development Process.
Although a large proportion of the meeting was dedicated to discussions on six proposed policies. Three policies reached consensus, two were withdrawn and one did not reach consensus and the discussion will continue on the policy mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org). It was also the opportunity for us to use the plenary to update of the community on our activities as well as our plan for the remaining of 2007.
The meeting was preceded by 5 days AFNOG workshop and two days of hands-on IPv6 training which was attended by 50 delegates. The training was used to train African trainers to whom AfriNIC will have recourse to for future IPv6 training in the region.
The overall event was attended by nearly 200 delegates from over 40 different countries. The largest proportion of attendees were from telecom operators (inc. ISPs) followed by Education Networks and governments, giving an indication of the importance that all stakeholders are now giving to the role of AfriNIC and the Internet Number Resources.
Next Meeting - AfriNIC-7
The next AfriNIC meeting, AfriNIC-7, is planned for 24th - 28th Sept 2007 in Durban, South Africa. More details can be found at:
AfriNIC joined ICONS, the Internet Community of Online Network Specialists, which is an initiative from APNIC. ICONS is a community site where network operation experience and knowledge can be shared, and events happening in the Internet operators community can be promoted. (http://icons.afrinic.net).
Online Member Survey
The first online member survey was carried out in February 2007. 24 people responded to the survey. All of them were members of AfriNIC. The main outcome was the need to revise the website navigability and meeting format.
Three policies have recently been implemented at AfriNIC:
There currently have four policies which are being discussed within our region and these will be presented at our next meeting, AfriNIC-7 in Durban.
Closure of LIR
We started closure of members that are in violation of the AfriNIC RSA, especially those in bad financial standing. We also completed the initial phase of the ERX for IPv4 PI addresses from RIPE NCC.
Collaboration with other organisations
An MoU has been signed with the Africa Top Level Domains (AfTLD) to optimise the collaboration between the two organisations with regards to joint capacity building activities as well as to increase the awareness of Internet related issues within the continent.