Internet Pioneer to Speak About Internet Growth in Africa

Nii Quaynor will join ICANN CEO and Board Chair in Answering Journalists’ Questions at Durban News Conference

DURBAN, South Africa, July 10, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Dr. Nii Quaynor, often referred to as the “Father of the Internet in Africa,” will join ICANN CEO and President Fadi Chehadé (http://www.icann.org), Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker, and Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement for Africa Pierre Dandjinou at a news conference on Monday, 15 July – the first day of ICANN’s 47th public meeting in Durban, South Africa.

ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé

 

A recent inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Dr. Quaynor has spent two decades promoting the Internet’s growth across the African continent. He will answer questions about the expansion of the Internet in Africa and how increased online access is expanding business potential and information access across the region.

The news conference will also address ICANN’s role in Internet growth and its increased efforts to internationalize the organization.

In addition to taking questions on the global expansion of the Internet, the four will also answer questions on a variety of other ICANN related subjects, ranging from the new expansion of Domain Names to ICANN’s plans to increase its presence in Africa.

Journalists are also encouraged to attend the Welcome Ceremony and President’s Opening Session on Monday, 15 July at 0830.  Dr. Elham Ibrahim, the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy will be among the speakers.

Journalists who are unable to attend the Durban meeting are encouraged to remotely participate in the news conference via a live video web stream or an international toll-free telephone connection.

A recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site (http://www.icann.org/en/news/press) after the event.

A list of other newsworthy sessions during the ICANN meeting can be found here: http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/kits/durban47/events-schedule-10jul13-en.pdf.

Here are the details of the News Conference:

WHAT: News Conference

WHO: Nii Quaynor (http://www.internethalloffame.org/inductees/nii-quaynor), Internet Hall of Fame Inductee, Fadi Chehadé (http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/chehade-en.htm), President and CEO and Dr. Stephen Crocker (http://www.icann.org/en/biog/crocker.htm), Chair of Board of Directors, Pierre Dandjinou (http://www.icann.org/en/about/staff/dandjinou.htm), Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement – Africa.

WHEN: Monday, 15 July 2013, 1630-1730. Durban, South Africa (1430-1530 UTC).

WHERE: Hall 3B – Durban International Convention Center (Durban ICC) (http://www.icc.co.za/Home.aspx), 90 M4 Durban, South Africa.

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the news conference via remote access.

•          A live video webcast may be accessed at http://icann.adobeconnect.com/dur47-press.

•          Telephone access may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list http://www.adigo.com/icann. The toll free access number in the U.S. is +1.800.550.6865. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 25594.

Here are the details of the Welcome Ceremony:

WHAT: Welcome Ceremony and President’s Opening Session

WHO: Dr. Elham Ibrahim (http://ie.au.int/en/commissioner/biography), African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Fadi Chehadé (http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/chehade-en.htm), President and CEO and Dr. Stephen Crocker (http://www.icann.org/en/biog/crocker.htm), Chair of Board of Directors.

WHEN: Monday, 15 July 2013, 0830 – 1000  Durban (0630 – 0800 UTC).

WHERE: Hall 6 – Durban International Convention Center (Durban ICC) (http://www.icc.co.za/Home.aspx) 90 M4 Durban, South Africa.

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the news conference via remote access.

•          A live video webcast may be accessed at   http://icann.adobeconnect.com/dur47-hall6.

•          Telephone access may be obtained by dialling an international toll-free number obtained from this list http://www.adigo.com/icann. The toll free access number in the U.S. is +1.800.550.6865. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 25594.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brad White

ICANN Director of Global Media Affairs

Washington, D.C.

Tel. +1 (202) 570 7118

brad.white@icann.org

Andrew Robertson

Edelman Public Relations

London, U.K.

Tel. +44 (7811) 341 945

andrew.Robertson@edelman.com

James Cole

ICANN Global Media Coordinator

Washington, D.C.

Tel. +1 (202) 570 7139

James.cole@icann.org

About ICANN (http://www.icann.org): ICANN’s mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: http://www.icann.org.

SOURCE

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

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