[AFRI-Discuss] Call for topics: Joint AFRALO-AfrICANN Statement for ICANN63

TYokunbo Abiola tyokunbo at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Sep 10 18:17:13 UTC 2018

Dear Sarah,

 New TLD’s and open data initiative.

Adetokunbo Abiola

   On Monday, 10 September 2018, 11:00:50 GMT-7, Liz Orembo <lizorembo at kictanet.or.ke> wrote:  

Is there a way we can accommodate both Barracks and Wisdom’s idea.


ICANN’s open data is important for us as a region, how can we make use of it? 


EPDP is also a topic that should be of high interest to us.


From: AFRI-Discuss <afri-discuss-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org> On Behalf Of Wisdom Donkor
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2018 8:42 PM
To: Sarah Kiden <skiden at gmail.com>
Cc: Afri-Discuss <afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>; AfrICANN Community List <africann at afrinic.net>
Subject: Re: [AFRI-Discuss] Call for topics: Joint AFRALO-AfrICANN Statement for ICANN63


Dear all,

Thinking broadly, the open data initiative initiated by ICANN president is one of the good initiative that will help address the issues of data collection, processing, transfer, access and non-public data, linscing etc. We should also take into consideration the kind of technology or tools that might be needed in data collection and also help in linking platforms. 


The key objective of this the topic should help facilitate the design, development and implementation of:

1. a robust mobile and cloud based data collection software

2. Monitoring and Evaluation Software Solution

3. Integrated solution to Management Information System

4. Infrastructure setup


The ICANN open data initiative in general should help address the following:

1. To gather and publish accurate, reliable and robust data across regions and national levels

2. To obtain integrated Information across various dataset such as population, services and classification that will inform decision making

3. To make evidence base decision making for improved policy, regulatory and institutional framework.

4. Enhanced data production, quality, dissemination and application.

5. Possess the ability to make basic spatial queries and full data analysis


All of this when executed well should bring about the following benefits:

1. Accurate, rich and better data

2. Real-time reporting and statistical analysis

3. Cost effective solution for gathering, analyzing and sharing data

4. Improved productivity by reducing time, paper, administrative and management cost

5. Better security and data confidentiality

6. Better registry records and data format

7. Mobile Data Collection Platform for Online and Offline Data Collection


We should also not forget the fact that data protection most times goes along side open data and all that comes with it, this will also help us understand more issues of data collection etc.




Africa Open Data and Internet Research Foundation (Co-Founder)

E-government, Internet Governance & Open Government Data and platforms Specialist

ICANN Fellow / UN IGF MAG Member, ISOC Member,

Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) Member, Diplo Foundation Member,

OGP Open Data WG Member, GODAN Member. 

National SDG's data Roadmaps Advisory Board Member, Ghana

National Secretariat Manager, IT Association of Ghana (ITAG)

Ghana Energy Data Task-force Member

Ghana OGP Advisory Committee Member

Email: wisdom.dk at gmail.com

Skype: wisdom_dk

facebook: Kwasi Wisdom 

Linkdin: Kwasi Wisdom



On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 4:13 PM Sarah Kiden <skiden at gmail.com> wrote:



Dear Colleagues,


I hope this email finds you well. The ICANN63 meeting in Barcelona, Spain is only about 1.5 months away. We plan to have the Joint AFRALO-AfrICANN meeting as agreed during the AFRALO monthly call on 5 September 2018. This is a call for topics for the statement for the meeting. 


We have several topics to choose from since we are now commenting on the initial report of the new Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) subsequent procedures Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group (an open round or consecutive rounds, Universal Acceptance, application fees, applicant support, community applications, etc). We also have the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) working now and we may choose to give our opinion as a region on several aspects of the temporary specifications like data collection, processing, transfer, retention, and access to non-public data). 


This wide range of topics mentioned above are given as examples. Of course, you may suggest other topics if you so desire. 


As is the norm, the topic that receives the most support will be selected. A drafting team will then be constituted to prepare the statement. 


Please note that the final statement should be prepared early to allow it to be translated into French before ICANN63. We request that you please send your topics by Thursday, 13 September 2018 at 23:59 UTC. 


Please see our timeline below:

10 - 13 September: Call for topics

14 September:        Announcement of the selected Topic

14 - 17 September: Call for drafting team members

18 September:        Announcement of the drafting team and starting of drafting the statement

26 September        1st draft of the statement published & Opening of the comment period

03 October:            Closing of the comment period

04 - 08 October:     Drafting of the final version

09 October:            Final draft published

We look forward to receiving your topics!


Kind regards,


Sarah Kiden 

AFRALO Secretariat

(On behalf of AFRALO Leadership Team)





Chers collègues,


J'espère que cet email vous trouvera en bonne santé. La réunion de l'ICANN63 à Barcelone, en Espagne, se tiendra dans à peu près un mois et demi. Nous prévoyons avoir la réunion conjointe AFRALO-AfrICANN comme convenu lors de l'appel mensuel d'AFRALO du 5 septembre 2018. Ceci est un appel à proposition de thèmes pour la déclaration de la réunion.


Nous avons plusieurs sujets desquels nous pouvons choisir puisque nous commentons actuellement le rapport initial du Groupe de Travail sur les Procédures ultérieures de développement des politiques (PDP) des nouveau Domaines Génériques de premier niveau (gTLD) (un tour ouvert ou des tours consécutifs, acceptation universelle, frais de candidature, soutien aux candidats, candidature communautaires, etc.). Nous avons également le Processus Accéléré de développement de politiques (EPDP) qui est actuellement à pieds d’oeuvre et nous pourrions choisir de donner notre avis en tant que région sur plusieurs aspects des spécifications temporaires, tels que la collecte des données, leur traitement, leur transfert, leur conservation et l'accès aux données non publiques. 


Ce large éventail de thèmes mentionnés ci-dessus est donné comme exemples. Vous pouvez bien entendu suggérer d'autres sujets si vous le désirer.


Comme c'est la norme, le sujet qui recevra le plus de soutien sera sélectionné. Une équipe de rédaction sera alors constituée pour préparer la déclaration.


Veuillez noter que la déclaration finale devrait être préparée tôt pour permettre sa traduction en français avant l'ICANN63. Nous vous demandons s’il vous plait d'envoyer vos suggestions avant le jeudi 13 septembre 2018 à 23h59 GMT.


Veuillez consulter notre calendrier ci-dessous :

10 - 13 septembre : appel à proposition de sujets

14 septembre : Annonce du sujet sélectionné

14 - 17 septembre : Appel aux membres de l'équipe de rédaction

18 septembre : Annonce de l'équipe de rédaction et début de la rédaction de la déclaration

26 septembre : 1er brouillon de la déclaration publiée & Ouverture de la période de commentaires

03 octobre : Clôture de la période de commentaires

04 - 08 octobre : Rédaction de la version finale

09 octobre : Version finale publiée


Nous sommes impatients de recevoir vos sujets.




Sarah Kiden

Secrétariat d’AFRALO


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