2017 AFRALO Activities at ICANN59, Johannesburg (26-29 June 2017)
AFRALO will leverage ICANN59 to engage with its At-Large Structures (ALSes), as well as the local African end user community.
The AFRALO General Assembly (GA) plenary will be held on Wednesday, 28 June, with the participation of representatives from nearly 50 ALSes across 30 African countries and territories. AFRALO will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with AFRNIC during the GA. ICANN Executives and a Board Director will speak at the event, and the ALSes will discuss several topics, including the AFRALO Operating Principles, FY18 Outreach Strategy, and ways to improve ALSes’ participation at ICANN. A cultural showcase and networking event will be held later in the day of the GA, featuring an address by Steve Crocker, Chairman of the ICANN Board and Göran Marby, President and CEO of ICANN, a presentation of AFRALO ALSes, and a Gumboots dance performance.
Additionally, AFRALO ALSes will have the opportunity to participate in the full ICANN59 Meeting, benefiting from Daily Capacity Development sessions focused on ICANN policy. Seasoned AFRALO members will serve as mentors, helping newcomers understand how to participate in GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) and draft ALAC policy advice statements, as well as learn about security trends impacting registrants, ICANN Empowered Community, and the Next-Generation RDS. ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby will also engage in a discussion with AFRALO ALSes about universal connectivity.
Furthermore, 30 students from the University of Johannesburg, as well as young members from the university’s Innovation Hub Management Company will be joining AFRALO ALSes at the Meeting venue on Monday, 26 June. They will have a dialogue on information and communication technologies and Internet policy issues relevant to end users.