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IANA Oversight Transition Completed

5 October 2016 - On 1 October 2016, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract between the United States Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) expired, representing the final step in a two-year, multi-stakeholder-driven process. Oversight of the IANA functions is now in the hands of the communities that rely directly on these services - the Names, Numbers and Protocol Parameter communities.

"This is an important milestone in the evolution of Internet governance," commented Alan Barrett, CEO AFRINIC. "It was anticipated in 1998 when ICANN was created, and it has now been achieved through more than two years of work by many dedicated people in the global multistakeholder community. I’d particularly like to thank those who drafted proposals, those who commented on draft proposals, and those who approved the final proposals."


Business As Usual 

ICANN is now responsible for performing the IANA Numbering Services, which includes assigning IP address space and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) and related administrative tasks. ICANN, with consent from the RIRs, has sub-contracted these services to a newly-formed subsidiary called Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). AFRINIC members, other RIR members and end users around the world will not experience any operational differences as a result of the oversight transition.


Moving Forward

A Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the RIRs and PTI defining expectations came into effect on 1 October. Further, the IANA Numbering Services Review Committee, selected by the RIR communities, will support the NRO Executive Council when it conducts periodic reviews of IANA's services. AFRINIC has appointed  the following people to the Review Committee:

  • Fiona Asonga (community representative, until 31 December 2016).
  • Douglas Onyango (community representative, until 31 December 2017).
  • Madhvi Gokool (staff representative, until further notice).


More Information 

- General information about the IANA Oversight Transition.

- Service Level Agreement for the IANA Numbering Services.

- Letter from Goran Marby, President and CEO ICANN, stating that the SLA for the IANA Numbering Services is now in effect.

- NTIA statement that the contract between ICANN and NTIA has expired.

- The Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP)Team.

- IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).

- The IANA Numbering Services Review Committee Charter 

- 2014 Announcement from NTIA on the intent to transition oversight of the key Internet domain name functions.


FIRE Awards Winners 2016

05 October 2016 - AFRINIC is pleased to announce the 2016 FIRE Award winners. 

The FIRE Award consists of a USD 3,000 cash prize plus full travel and accommodation worth $4,000 for one representative of each project to attend the awards ceremony,and participate in sessions which will be held in Mexico during the 2016 Internet Governance Forum.

We received a total of 58 award applications distributed as follows per category

  1. Technical innovation for Internet access and development: 7 applications
  2. Internet and technologies for social inclusion, strengthening democracy and the exercise of rights and freedoms: 9 applications.
  3. Internet and technology for social and economic development: 42

The applications came from 18 countries namely Malawi, Gambia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Benin, Uganda, South Africa, Mauritius, Cameroon, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, South Africa, and Tanzania. The award winners are below:-



Award amount: $7,000
Country: South Africa
Project Title: Tobetsa and WiFi TV Extension Project

Description: Tobetsa is Tshwane Free WiFi’s unlimited access content portal which provides users with content and resources to develop and grow the knowledge and skills of the low-income, underserved communities who benefit from the Free WiFi. Tobetsa features WiFi TV content:hyper-local, mobile video content produced by young, aspiring videographers from the local communities. As Tobetsa grows into its next phase of development, this project will enable the opportunity to further extend the impact and reach of WiFi TV, including a more integrated and collaborative approach to ensuring the content on Tobetsa and WiFi TV is more closely aligned across the platform as a whole, enabling a consolidated strategy towards ensuring the platform’s continued development towards sustainability.


Award amount:$7,000
Country: Ghana
Project Title: DocmeUP, Prenatal care for communities and remote ultrasound imaging
Description: DocmeUP promote antenatal care. A health worker can monitor her own community, and remind continuously the people of her community to go to the closest clinic. Moreover, she can also detect dangerous signs on her patients and report them immediately to the clinic or ambulance. An easy way to support community health workers is to equip them with mobile app which contains medical advice and it is connected to main server for tracking status. Even with continuous reminders from the health workers, some pregnant women still find it difficult to attend gynaecological visits, therefore the system can remotely check ultrasound scans.


Award amount: $7,000
Country: Kenya
Project Title: Kids Comp Camp,
Description: The overall goal of Kids Comp Camp is to equip young learners in marginalized communities with digital literacy skills. The specific objectives are; to expose young learners, who have no prior experience with digital devices, to their ‘First Digital Experience’ through interacting with different digital devices; to enable the learners operate these devices for productive learning and leisure; and to broaden learners’ horizons and scope as they use the acquired digital literacy skills in accessing more information and knowledge on the internet.



Award amount: $7,000
Country: The Gambia
Project Title: All Girls Tech Camp
Description: All Girls Tech Camp build awareness of the various career options in STEM field for girls. The aim is to Improve digital literacy among girls; Create a platform that will build and nurture self-esteem and confidence in girls; Compete and succeed in the world of computers and information technology; Create positive and productive networking opportunities for participants; Encourage and empower the next generation of coders, designers and programmers for sustainable development; Empower and encourage more female into the field of technology to break the stereotypes most of the girls are facing; Cultivate and nurture the spirit of leadership and entrepreneurship; and Provide mentorship opportunities for participants to help in career guidance.



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