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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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Africa news

First Practical Workshop on IoT to Increase Awareness and Interest in Ethiopian Universities
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Internet of Things (IoT) 9 October 2017

First Practical Workshop on IoT to Increase Awareness and Interest in Ethiopian Universities

The Department of Computer Science College of Natural Sciences of the Addis Ababa University (AAU), in collaboration with the...

Supporting Internet Development in The Gambia
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About Internet Society 5 October 2017

Supporting Internet Development in The Gambia

Dawit Bekele, the Internet Society’s Regional Bureau Director for Africa, paid a visit to The Gambia from 17-18 September...

Access to internet for Africans is not the end goal
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In the news 2 October 2017

Access to internet for Africans is not the end goal

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IoT Brings Potential Opportunity to Africa
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Internet of Things (IoT) 26 September 2017

IoT Brings Potential Opportunity to Africa

About 70 years ago, the world was introduced to the digital computers revolution which made the computation of millions...

ISOC Togo Chapter Calls On Togo Government to Restore Internet Access
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Human Rights 7 September 2017

ISOC Togo Chapter Calls On Togo Government to Restore Internet Access

Today our Internet Society chapter in Togo issued a statement (in French) calling on the government of Togo to...

Abidjan Holds a Successful AfPIF 2017
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Access 25 August 2017

Abidjan Holds a Successful AfPIF 2017

Abidjan became the third West African city to hold the annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF), attracting top...

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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, Chapter Development-Africa and The Middle East

Verengai Mabika

Senior Policy Advisor - Africa

Betel Hailu

Communications Coordinator for the African Regional Bureau

Marsema Tariku

Logistics & Events Coordinator, African Regional Bureau

Victor Ndonnang

Manager Chapter Development, Africa-Middle East

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