AFRINIC identified four main areas of research, which include:
- Internet Technical Infrastructure
- Internet Access
- Internet Policy and Governance
- Internet Resilience
- Internet Standards and Protocols
For each of the four core research areas, one lead programme or project is designed to shape the profile of an area and further research initiatives are developed through this programme. Internet Consumption, as well as Coordination and Decision-Making, are two overarching research themes that are relevant to all the four research areas.
These two research themes not only overlap and link the various research projects together but they also stimulate interdisciplinary research that contributes to the strength of the AFRINIC research capabilities.
The research themes also form the important building blocks for the evolving profile of AFRINIC research within the emerging global network of Internet research institutes.
As our research programme evolves, we expect to develop more cross-cutting topics and concepts in the field of Internet research.
Africa Cloud Computing Readiness for the Public Sector
As part of the memorandum of understanding that exists between AFRINIC and Research ICT Africa (RIA), AFRINIC Research and Innovation department will participate in a research project under the Regional Academic Network on IT Policy (RANITP), which is being led by UCT Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (UCT GSDPP) and Research ICT...
Africa Content Use and Hosting Distribution
Internet development in Africa: a content use, hosting and distribution perspective. This study seeks to untangle the complexity of content use, hosting and distribution in Africa. More specifically, it poses the following key questions:
DNSSEC Signer Switchover
Migrating an OpenDNSSEC signer. The goal of this article is to share with the community AFRINIC's experience in migrating a signer from an older version to a newer version of OpenDNSSEC. This, without breaking the validity of zones at any time. Migration was scheduled and was executed over several days while zones were kept secure. Project Name Migrating...
Lame delegation Study
DNS Lame delegations: A case-study of public reverse DNS records in the African Region. The DNS, as one of the oldest components of the modern Internet, has been studied multiple times. It is a known fact that operational issues such as misconfigured name servers affect the responsiveness of the DNS service which could lead to delayed responses or...
Studying connectivity latency in the African region
Revealing latency clusters in Africa. In this study, we ask a simple question: What is the inter-country delay in Africa, and how is this impacted by topology and interconnection strategies? Our long term goal is to exploit this understanding for informing future protocol and application developments in the region.
Survey of Anti-Spam Mechanisms and their Usage from an RIR’s Perspective
This study deals with the different policies and technical frameworks at a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) level in terms of anti-spam measures. It also exposes the issue of spam from an Internet registry perspective, as an important element of the Internet technical infrastructure. We found out that, an RIR itself is not mandated to fight spam...