Bonface Witaba

Bonface Witaba

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ICANN Fellow, e-learning tutor/consultant, Public Policy Scholar and Internet governance advocate. Views expressed are his own and don't reflect those of ICANN or its subsidiaries. Twitter: @bswitaba

Are Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) The Answer To A Multi-lingual Internet?

Recently, Tanzania hit the headlines with its announcement that it was ditching English and adopting Swahili as the sole language of instruction at both primary and secondary school level. This move elicited mixed reactions from various people, with some hailing the move as bold and necessary, while others critiqued it

The Saga Behind The Jostle For dotAfrica - Long March To Africa’s Digital Presence

During the ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore, a Registry Agreement (RA) between Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) for the delegation and administration of the .africa (dotAfrica) Top Level Domain (TLD) was concluded. The African continent was elated with the news of

Views From The 23rd AFRINIC Meeting Held At The Republic Of Congo

AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, held its 23rd Internet meeting in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, from 28 November to 4 December 2015, at the Hotel Azur Le Gilbert’s. Typically, AFRINIC holds two open public policy meetings annually in various locations throughout its service region. The meetings

Views From The Recently Held Internet Governance Forum Meeting In Brasil

This year, the Internet community celebrates the 10th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The 10th UN IGF meeting took place at Centro de Convenções Poeta Ronaldo Cunha Lima, in João Pessoa, Brazil (10-13 November). The choice of the venue is symbolic; first and foremost João

Discussions Around The Stewardship Of The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority Continue Amid Speculation

During the week-long ICANN 54 meeting in Dublin, Ireland, nothing dominated discussions than the IANA stewardship transition proposal. In recent years, the Internet’s global multi-stakeholder community has agitated for the removal of the U.S government from control of the DNS root control. This move birthed to the now

Inevitable IPv6 Migration To Unleash New Opportunities

In 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) allocated the remaining blocks of IPv4 address space to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). In July 2015, an important milestone was achieved in relation to this; ARIN, the Regional Internet Registry for Americas (U.S and Canada) announced its exhaustion of

Impact Of The Internet Age

Throughout human history, different periods have been captured by a defining theme: the dark age, the industrial age, the information age, and the list goes on. The twenty-first century is no exception. With several significant events taking place, specialists have begun to speculate on the themes that are likely to