The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe team continued to be the speedy pacesetters in the SADC region, where this week they ushered in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers for the 2016 Domain Name System workshop with an ambitious goal of educating the business and judiciary communities on emerging issues in the Domain Name Industry in Africa.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
Last week, POTRAZ was at the battlefront of Zimbabwe’s Cyber Bill Draft reviewing workshop where the regulator successfully brought to the negotiating table all the technology players, constitution makers and the government to give collective thoughts on Zimbabwe’s soon to be gazetted Cyber Bill.
This becomes the second workshop hosted by Potraz on Domain name registration as they seek to demystify and engage local players in the critical internet address sector.
The workshop attracted guests and experts from all corners of the globe including our own local ICT players across the country. The workshop was officially set off into full swing by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT Permanent Secretary, Eng. S Kundishora and POTRAZ’s hierarchy who had Mrs Sibo Muteyiwa and Mr T. Mujuru to initiate the welcome remarks.
The ICANN delegate doing presentations since morning include Mr Mike Silber, ICANN Board Member, Yaovi Atohoun, ICANN representatives, Mr Mukesh Chulani, GDD at ICANN. Also present at the workshop is the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization being represented by Mr Stephen Kiptenness, Dr. Eddy Hurter, Balbine Manga who is an IP Lawyer, and Mr Pundo Charles.
The top issues being currently discussed in this much hyped workshop include issues of Trademarks and intellectual property rights (IPR), Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) adoption in Africa, ICANN accreditation – why and how, Draft version of Africa DNS Market Study and International Domain Names.
TechnoMag will be giving you the full press release of this global workshop as it concludes by tomorrow sunset. Stay tuned. The battle for relevance continues!!