About African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC)
AFRINIC is the Regional Internet Registry for Africa headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius. It is responsible for distributing and managing Internet number resources (IP address space and Autonomous System Numbers) in Africa and the Indian Ocean region. AFRINIC ensures equitable and efficient distribution of Internet number resources to the African Internet community to support Internet technology usage and development.
For more information on AFRINIC, go to www.afrinic.net.
About African Network Operators Group (AfNOG)
AfNOG is a forum for cooperation and the exchange of technical information between operators of Internet-connected networks in Africa. AfNOG aims at building a community of engineers helping each other operate Internet Infrastructure in Africa, and on the Global Internet as well as promoting the discussion of issues relating to the implementation of new networks that require community cooperation.
For more information on AfNOG, go to www.afnog.org
AF* are organisations that constitute the African Internet ecosystem. The idea to set up the AF* regrouping organisations supporting Internet development in Africa dates back to December 1998. A meeting held in Cotonou, Benin was organised where African Internet pioneers debated on the theme of Internet Governance in Africa. This was the First global meeting on Internet governance to discuss Internet governance issues in the African region.
These organisations today constitute the ecosystem of the African Internet. They cover the following areas: Numbers (AFRINIC), Security ( AfGWG, AfricaCERT ), Community and Policy (AIG, AfGWG), Capacity building (All AF*), Research and Education (AfREN), Infrastructure (AFPIF), Names (AfTLD). Other organisations in Africa are emerging within the ecosystem.
Africa Computer Emergency Response Team (AfricaCERT)
The Africa CERT programme is an initiative to fight cyber crime in Africa. AFRINIC, AFNOG and the Africa Asia Forum on Network Research & Engineering have been actively involved in promoting and supporting the CERT programme following the Declaration of Kigali to create a Computer Emergency Response Team. CERT Training sessions were held during AfNOG-11/AFRINIC-12 in Rwanda, AFRINIC-13 in South Africa, AFNOG-12/AFRINIC-14 in Tanzania, AFRINIC-15 in Cameroon and AFNOG-13/AFRINIC-16 in The Gambia.
AFRINIC Government Working Group (AfGWG)
The AFRINIC Government Working Group (AfGWG) was set up at the initiative of AFRINIC to work with African governments and regulators to address general Internet governance challenges in Africa.
The African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF)
AfPIF is an ISOC initiative addressing the key interconnection, peering, and traffic exchange opportunities and challenges providing participants with global and regional insights for maximising opportunities that will help grow Internet infrastructure and services in Africa.
African Registrar (AfRegistrar)
ICANN Accredited Registrars based in the African Continent to Facilitate the fulfilment and the completion of the missing links for the African Continent to catch up for the Domain Name Gap in Africa.
African Research and Education Networking (AfREN)
The African research and education networking (AfREN) is a forum for building an all-inclusive African Research and Education community that addresses collectively issues like collaboration, access to bandwidth and other critical resources, capacity building and content development.
African Top Level Domain Organisation (AfTLD)
AfTLD is the ICANN recognised representative of Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) managers from the African region. AfTLD was established and registered in 2002 to act as a focal point for African ccTLD managers in coordinating, formulating, developing and presenting a unified approach to issues related to the Domain Name System. AfTLD also provides a platform for technical capacity development, information exchange, ccTLD Best practices and Research & Development
African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF)
AfIGF was formally launched in Nairobi, during the global Internet Governance Forum in 2011. The First AfIGF was held in 2012 in Cairo Egypt. The AfIGF takes on board representatives from governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations and addresses Internet Governance issues in the continent to provide substantive input to the global IGF process.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN Africa)
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) coordinates the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the Internet’s underlying address book, the Domain Name System (DNS).
The Internet Society (ISOC Africa)
ISOC is present in Africa through its African chapters. ISOC was officially formed in January 1992 and engages in a wide array of activities including policy, governance, technology and development. ISOC has consistently supported AF* organisations in capacity building initiatives since the early 1990s. From 1993 to 2001, a number of professionals have been trained in the design, operation, maintenance and management of Internetworks during the annual Internet Society (ISOC) Network Training Workshop.