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African Internet Resilience #4: Measuring Africa’s Internet Resilience

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Thank you for joining our fourth webinar of the African Internet Resilience series on Internet measurements and the plans to determine Africa’s Internet resilience.

Africa has made major strides in improving Internet penetration in the last decade narrowing the gap with the rest of the world. While this is commendable, Internet access alone is not enough to get the benefits that Africa wants from the Internet, In particular, the Internet should be resilient and available all the time so that individuals and businesses can rely on it.

Especially now more than ever, Africa is relying on the Internet for work, communication and entertainment. But how stable is the Internet and is Africa at par with the rest of the world when it comes to Internet resilience and reliability?

To determine Africa’s Internet resilience, sustained measurements have to be done to get the real picture on the ground. This webinar will discuss about Internet measurements in Africa as it stands today as well as what we need to have in the future to assess the quality of the Internet.  It will also assess the experience from other regions and organizations that have carried out sustained Internet measurements and explore how continued Internet measurements be carried out in Africa.

This webinar was organized by the African Union Commission (AU), the Internet Society (ISOC), the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC), and NetHope in collaboration with the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Mozilla.

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You can also watch the recorded webinar on Periscope, Twitch and Facebook Live.

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Objectives of the webinar
  • Introduce measurement and importance of measurement for Internet resilience in Africa
  • Discuss experiences of other regions
  • Discuss works being done in this area in Africa by regulators and other stakeholders

Image: Nkosinathi “King” Matshini watching a football bloopers video on YouTube while colleagues went in search of additional materials during the installation of a wireless access point to cover the computer room at Sikoma Junior Secondary School in the village of Mankosi in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa on 27 September 2018. © Internet Society / Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures

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Time

11:00 – 12:30 UTC

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Speakers

Amreesh Phokeer

PhD Candidate, Research & Innovation Manager, AFRINIC

Amreesh is currently leading data analytics and research projects at AFRINIC. His focus areas are Interdomain routing, network security, Internet measurements, content delivery and QoE, with a particular emphasis on… Read more

Dawit Bekele

Regional Vice President - Africa

Dawit is the Regional Vice President - Africa. Prior to joining ISOC, Dawit worked at Addis Ababa University on teaching and research positions in computer science, since 1994. He also… Read more

Emile Aben

Senior Research Engineer, RIPE NCC

Emile Aben is a Senior Research Engineer for the Research and Development department at the RIPE NCC. He is interested in Internet measurement and technology changes like the transition to… Read more

Kevin G. Chege

Director, Internet Development

Kevin joined the Internet Society in 2012 as the Internet Development Manager for Africa under the Africa Regional Bureau. He has more than 17 years experience in the tech space,… Read more

Lai Yi Ohlsen

Project Director, Measurement Lab

Lai Yi Ohlsen is a tech worker and artist, and the new Project Director of Measurement Lab, one of Code for Science Society's sponsored projects. Previously, she worked to defend… Read more

Moctar Yedaly

Head, Information Society Division, African Union Commission

Moctar Yedaly is a telecom, satellite and computer engineer with an MBA in international business. He graduated from George Washington University, Amity University and Institute of Informatics. He has more… Read more

Organizers

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