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Africa

The Africa bureau works with chapters to cultivate expert communities throughout Africa, collaborate with regional policy makers, and build access for unserved and underserved communities.

You can read stories from our African Chapters here.

Regional focus

Infrastructure

Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

IXPs are traffic exchanges that let networks interconnect directly instead of making the data travel long distances internationally. IXPs, help to keep traffic local or regional, lowering costs, and improve network resilience. Internet service providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) typically exchange Internet traffic between their networks at IXPs.

Community Networks

Half of the world’s population is not yet connected to theInternet.  After more than 25 years of Internet development, traditional business models are slow to reach remote, rural, andunderserved areas. Community Networks provide alternative forms of access and break the one-way, monolithic access prerogative.

Policy

(policies around infrastructure security, avoiding Internet shutdowns, local content)

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Community Building & Development

(online trainings, events)

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Start a SIG

Start a SIG

Find out how to start a Special Interest Group (SIG).

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Take an Online Course

Take an Online Course

You can learn more about critical Internet technologies and policies, right from wherever you are!

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Join a SIG

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Africa news

Ethos Capital to Acquire Public Interest Registry from the Internet Society
Press Releases 13 November 2019

Ethos Capital to Acquire Public Interest Registry from the Internet Society

Public Interest Registry Will Continue Management and Mission of .ORG Under New Ownership Reston, VA (November 13, 2019) –...

The Internet Society & Public Interest Registry: A New Era of Opportunity
About Internet Society 13 November 2019

The Internet Society & Public Interest Registry: A New Era of Opportunity

Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the .ORG Community.  Earlier today, the Internet Society and...

Peace and Cyber Hygiene
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Building Trust 12 November 2019

Peace and Cyber Hygiene

It doesn’t immediately make sense, does it: the terms peace and cyber hygiene in the same breath. Still, there...

Heads Up! A Slight Change to the Internet Society Election Process
About Internet Society 11 November 2019

Heads Up! A Slight Change to the Internet Society Election Process

I’m writing to the Internet Society community today with a notice that there is a key change to the...

The Week in Internet News: Facebook Moves Forward with Encryption, Despite Concerns
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Technology 11 November 2019

The Week in Internet News: Facebook Moves Forward with Encryption, Despite Concerns

Forging ahead: Facebook plans to move ahead with plans to expand encryption despite concerns from law enforcement agencies that...

Internet Society Deeply Concerned about Interim Injunction Ordered by Hong Kong High Court
Statements 11 November 2019

Internet Society Deeply Concerned about Interim Injunction Ordered by Hong Kong High Court

The Internet Society and the Internet Society Hong Kong Chapter are deeply concerned about the recent interim injunction (High...

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Africa newsletter

Monthly highlights from ISOC Africa

Solutions for Traffic Backhaul in Community Networks
Community Networks 11 November 2019

Solutions for Traffic Backhaul in Community Networks

What are community networks? Community networks are networks often collectively owned and managed by a community for non-profit and...

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – October 2019
Newsletters 7 November 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – October 2019

Africa Regional Bureau Newsletter for October 2019

Security Factsheet: Keeping Your Workplace Safe Online
Building Trust 1 November 2019

Security Factsheet: Keeping Your Workplace Safe Online

For many of us the Internet is a staple in our day-to-day lives – especially at our jobs. But...

Security Factsheet: Why Should Municipalities Make Network and Data Security a Priority?
Building Trust 1 November 2019

Security Factsheet: Why Should Municipalities Make Network and Data Security a Priority?

Communities can minimize risk by being intentional about how and by whom networks and devices are used. These are...

Encryption: Essential for the LGBTQ+ Community
Building Trust 1 November 2019

Encryption: Essential for the LGBTQ+ Community

For some communities, like LGBTQ+ communities, encryption is especially crucial in keeping people safe both online and in real...

Report on the Asia-Pacific Regional Community Networks Summit 2019
Community Networks 22 October 2019

Report on the Asia-Pacific Regional Community Networks Summit 2019

Meeting report from the Asia-Pacific Regional Community Networks (CN) Summit 2019, held in Bangkok, Thailand on 29 August 2019....

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Africa team

Dawit Bekele

Regional Bureau Director, Africa

Michuki Mwangi

Senior Development Manager for Africa

Kevin G. Chege

Internet Development Manager for Africa

Verengai Mabika

Senior Policy Advisor - Africa

Betel Hailu

Communications Coordinator for the African Regional Bureau

Marsema Tariku

Logistics and Events Manager, African Regional Bureau

Victor Ndonnang

Regional Community Engagement Manager, Africa

Our Members

With 19,862 members, Africa is the home to 31% of our global members. We have 34 Chapters with 11,229 Chapter members in the region.

Members globally
Chapters & SIGs