Newsletters 3 September 2018

Highlights from ISOC Africa – August 2018


Building IXPs- African Peering and Interconnection Forum 2018

The ninth edition of the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) was successfully held in Cape Town from 21-23 August 2018 in conjunction with iWeek, South Africa ISP Association’s premier Tech event. [email protected] brought together 413 participants, of which 75 were women, from 44 countries globally. 63% of the attendees were from Africa. The remote live stream recorded 422 unique participants with an additional 89 on Facebook live.  211 users registered to the meeting tool, which is an open to all “bilateral meeting” scheduling platform allowing participants to book meetings. A total of 34 sponsors supported AfPIF and iWeek making AfPIF2018 the most sponsored event in its 9 year history.

 Building and strengthening our Community – Chapters’ Updates

ISOC Mali Chapter: Issued a statement on 31 July 2018 to condemn the Internet disruption and Social Media censorship by the Malian Government during the presidential election and called for full restauration of Internet services to all in Mali without discrimination: The Internet Society Africa Policy Team supported in the preparation of  the statement. More at:

ISOC Nigeria Chapter: Organized an IoT webinar on 1 August 2018 for its members and local Internet Community. 132 members registered to participate. The Internet Society Africa Regional Bureau (ARB) supported the event by providing Zoom Online Meeting tool and IoT campaign materials. More at:

ISOC Namibia Chapter: Held an executive meeting to discuss the Internet Society’s 2018 campaigns and explore ways to translate them into local impactful activities.

ISOC Burkina Faso Chapter: Represented the Internet Society at the Francophone Summer School on Internet governance that took place on 28 August 2018 and talked about the Internet Society and the 2018 campaigns. More:

Q3 Regional Quarterly Calls in English and French: Held by ARB staff on 29-30 August 2018 with African chapters to share Q3 updates about Internet Society’s activities in Africa. The quarterly calls were also an opportunity for chapters to share their updates. 83 members registered for the call in English and 32 participated. 111 members registered for the French call and 40 participated.

Promoting Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance

Mauritius National Internet Governance Forum took place on 16-17 August 2018. ARB supported the event with Remote participation and Livestreaming. More at:

The Francophone Summer School on Internet Governance took place from 27-31 August 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. ARB supported the event with funding and training resources. All the participants took the ISOC online course on Internet Governance before the face to face training. More at:

Upcoming Events

3rd Summit on Community Networks in Africa: 2-7 September 2018, Eastern Cape, South Africa

 Introduction to Network Operations Course: 3 September-6 October 2018

(More than 600 trainees from English speaking countries and 300 from French speaking countries registered).

 SAFNOG, East Africa NOG and Tanzania NOG: 24-29 September 2018, Dar Es Salam, Tanzania.

 Sudan NOG: 30 September- 4 October 2018, Sudan

 IXP Community Mobilization and Engagement workshop: 17- 21 September 2018, Casablanca, Morocco

In the News

AfPIF 2018 Kicks Off
AfPIF 2018 Day Two: Connecting Cape Town to Cairo
AfPIF 2018 Day Three: Cloud Infrastructure, Local Content, and More
Internet Society pushes localisation agenda for Africa
Cape Town’s Internet exchange expands to third site

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