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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.

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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Say no to Internet shutdowns and content filtering

Say no to Internet shutdowns and content filtering

Internet shutdowns cause major social and economic damage. We need to help governments understand shutdowns are not the solution! Here’s...

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Africa news

The Week in Internet News: Email Encryption Has Efail Moment
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Encryption 21 May 2018

The Week in Internet News: Email Encryption Has Efail Moment

Encryption fails: A couple of stories in the news this past week demonstrated problems with encryption, or at least,...

Dustin’s Internet Community Roadtrip: In the Bay Area, What Redwoods Can Teach Us About the Internet
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Internet Governance 18 May 2018

Dustin’s Internet Community Roadtrip: In the Bay Area, What Redwoods Can Teach Us About the Internet

Dustin Phillips, Co-Executive Director of ICANNWiki, is traveling across the United States in his red Toyota Corolla, making connections with the...

Digital Self-Defense for Palestinian Schoolgirls
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Beyond the Net 18 May 2018

Digital Self-Defense for Palestinian Schoolgirls

Cyber-bullying is a growing phenomenon amongst preteens. Studies have established that nearly 43% of children are victims of cyberbullying...

Sovereignty Is More Than a Designation, It Is a Responsibility
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Access 17 May 2018

Sovereignty Is More Than a Designation, It Is a Responsibility

The Internet can provide access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunity, but many indigenous communities face challenges to Internet...

RIPE 76 Sees Strong Focus on Routing Security
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Deploy360 17 May 2018

RIPE 76 Sees Strong Focus on Routing Security

The RIPE 76 meeting is happening this week in Marseille, France, held at the fantastic location of the Palais...

The Piikani Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp Program
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Beyond the Net 16 May 2018

The Piikani Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp Program

The Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta, concerned they were in danger of losing their Blackfoot culture and traditions, sought...

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Africa newsletter

Monthly highlights from ISOC Africa

European Regional Bureau Newsletter – 5 May – 11 May 2018
Newsletters 15 May 2018

European Regional Bureau Newsletter – 5 May – 11 May 2018

Internet Access EU: Vodafone and Liberty Global sign €19bn merger deal The UK-based telecoms operator has signed a deal...

Unleashing Community Networks: Innovative Licensing Approaches
Community Networks 14 May 2018

Unleashing Community Networks: Innovative Licensing Approaches

Introduction The Internet Society (ISOC) aims to make the Internet available for everyone, everywhere. ISOC works with industry, government,...

LAC Newsletter – April 2018 Edition
Newsletters 9 May 2018

LAC Newsletter – April 2018 Edition

What We’re Interested In Companies must keep our data safe! From the Internet Society, we defend an Internet in...

Personal Data Protection Guidelines for Africa
Privacy 8 May 2018

Personal Data Protection Guidelines for Africa

A joint initiative of the Internet Society and the Commission of the African Union

European Regional Bureau Newsletter – 28 Apr – 4 May 2018
Access 8 May 2018

European Regional Bureau Newsletter – 28 Apr – 4 May 2018

Internet Access EU: Negotiations continue on European Electronic Communications Code The negotiations over the EU future framework for the...

Internet Society Background Paper on ITU Plenipotentiary 2018
Internet Governance 3 May 2018

Internet Society Background Paper on ITU Plenipotentiary 2018

This background paper provides a general overview of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and our perspectives on some of the...

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Africa Team

Dawit Bekele

Regional Bureau Director for Africa

Michuki Mwangi

Senior Development Manager for Africa

Kevin Chege

Internet Development Manager for Africa

Christine Saegesser Baethge

Senior Manager, Global Chapter Development

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

Manager Chapter Development, Africa-Middle East