A regional meeting on the Internet, tagged the 16th African Regional Internet Registry (AfriNIC), is to be hosted by the Gambia.
The 16-18 May meeting is expected to bring together hundreds of participants from AfriNIC’s 600 active members spread across Africa.
AfriNIC is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation that serves as the regional registry for Internet number resources for the African Community.
Its key mission is to serve the African community by providing professional and efficient management of Internet Number Resources, supporting Internet technology usage and development.
Also, AfriNIC tries to promote a participatory and multi-stakeholder approach to Internet self governance as well as increase training and awareness in the region of Internet and IP Technologies.
According to its organisers, as the Internet continues its rapid growth in Africa, the need for effective coordination of anti-cyber crime increases dramatically, and AfriNIC is actively involved with the creation of an African Computer Emergency Response Team to address such issues.
Furthermore, it is said to have launched Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) which is a security framework for verifying the association between Internet number resources and their rightful holders, and aims to add a verifiable form of a holder’s current right to use those resources over the internet.
In furtherance of its unique mandate as a regional Internet Registry, AfriNIC has initiated the African Government Working Group aimed at strengthening the collaboration between AfriNIC, African Governments and Regulators.