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Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

11 April, 2019 (13:41) | Uncategorized | By: Alan

We are feeling a new regime in South Africa and with it will hopefully come some improvements regarding Internet Access for those that previously could not, for both economic and geographic reasons. Whilst the last PNC included many global experts, this one is made up of local leaders of industry.

The President says ““The commission will assist government in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital industrial revolution,” the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday. The task of the commission, which will be chaired by the president, is to identify “relevant policies, strategies and action plans that will position South Africa as a competitive global player”.

The first 4IR Summit was held 11 April at Wits University and everyone is revved up, read more here.

ISOC-ZA are hopeful and optimistic, what do you think?

President Ramaphosa (GCIS)

New consitution, new ISOC-ZA!

9 April, 2019 (17:15) | Community, Events, Membership | By: Alan

On March 28 2019 the AGM of the ISOC-ZA was held at Sotano on Bree St.

Chairman welcomed members to the meeting and delivered Chairmans report which included a recommendation by the committee to split the functions of our organisation.
There were extensive discussions and subsequent acknowledgement that some confusion that may ensue. There was support for the name to be used as ISOC-ZA. Consensus agreement was finally reached for splitting the organisation into Internet South Africa to handle the Internet Society Chapter function, following the precedent name change of other Chapters like Australia and New Zealand. And for ISOC-ZA to continue handling the primary purpose to service the internet community and society of South Africa, ideally in pursuit of lower cost broadband for the poor.  

The proposed constitutional amendments were agreed:

Internet South Africa constitution 2019

Internet Society of South Africa constitution 2019

The following Executive committees were established

Internet South Africa – Executive Committee

  • Adri Loubser
  • Alan Levin
  • Andy Rabagliati
  • Coenraad Loubser
  • Diren Naidoo
  • Theo Maseloanyane
  • Percy Nhau (Durban WG – co-opt)

ISOC-ZA – Executive Committee

  • Alan Levin (Past Chair)
  • Andy Rabagliati
  • Caitlin Holiday
  • Coenraad Loubser
  • Diren Naidoo
  • Kobie Hyman (Past communications)
  • Percy Nhau (Durban WG – co-opt)
  • Roland Giesler
  • Saul Stein (Past treasurer)
  • Theo Maseloanyane

there is a video of the event on the Event page

ISOC-ZA AGM and 25th birthday celebrations

30 November, 2017 (10:35) | Uncategorized | By: Alan

With thanks to ISOC global we’re pleased to report back on our AGM held on September 19 2017. The event was a success and the chapter is rejuvenated with three new committee members. We welcome on board Enrico Calendro, an esteemed policy analyst who works at Research ICT Africa will lead the ISOC-ZA policy working group, and is involved in our WIDER project. Luke Neville, who is an interested computer science student at the University of Cape Town, will lead our youth initiatives and Kobie Hyman, a communications expert from Umbono Communications will assist in all ISOC-ZA communications and has kindly dedicated her time to assist with this meeting. Please see included the AGM report.

ISOC-ZA supports Wikimedia SA

6 September, 2017 (15:55) | Community, Partners | By: Alan

ISOC-ZA salutes Wikimedia South Africa http://www.wikimedia.org.za/ on some great successes in adding South African languages to Wikipedia. We recommend board member Ian Gilfillan’s blog post which highlights the main contributors. ISOC-ZA supports any member wishing to apply for a grant to assist to sustain and grow this activity.

Analytics and affiliates

29 August, 2017 (09:36) | Community, Partners | By: Alan

We recently met ISOC Libya at the ICANN #59 and agreed to make an informal partnership as we did when meeting ISOC China some few years back. These local ISOC organisations are not yet affiliated with ISOC global yet have similar thinking to all of Internet Society. Our Italian contemporary recently referred to the term “Internet Orthodoxy”, a standards based open internet for everyone.

We’re sharing some of this web site analytics to show that of course our visitors are primarily from South Africa and we welcome more visitors from China and South Korea than the US!

ION Durban – 7 September 2017 – iWeek #16

15 August, 2017 (12:06) | Community, Education, Events | By: Alan

ION Durban 2017ION Durban will take place on Thursday, 7 September 2017, alongside the South African iWeek. iWeek includes events with the ISP Association (ISPA), the South African Network Operators’ Group (SAFNOG), and the South African Domain Name Authority (ZADNA).

We’ll have a full-day program so we can cover topics including IPv6, DNSSEC, Securing BGP, and TLS for Applications.
ION Conferences bring network engineers and leading industry experts together to discuss emerging technologies and hot technology topics. Early adopters provide valuable insight into their own deployment experiences and bring participants up to speed on new standards emerging from the IETF.

25th Birthday Party at The Odyssey!

25 July, 2017 (09:46) | Community, Events, Membership, Outreach | By: Alan

The Internet Society’s 25th anniversary is a time to celebrate our global community and our collective actions to preserve the open Internet and defend its underlying principles. To commemorate this milestone, we are meeting to party and review many activities and to look ahead to the future. #thenext25

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017
Venue: Odyssey, 199 Bree Street, Cape Town
Time: 17h30 – 19h30

RSVP!

On the Facebook Event page here

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ISOC-ZA welcomes ICANN meeting to Joburg, June 26-29 2017!

12 June, 2017 (14:02) | Community, Education, Events, Membership, Partners, Policy | By: Alan


If any members are interested to learn how the Internet is governed (i.e. not by ‘governments’ like the old telephone system was in the ITU) then those of us in Joburg have a fortunate once in a lifetime (free) opportunity to attend the 59th global ICANN meeting.

    ICANN meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the globe to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. One meeting each year is also the organization’s annual general meeting, during which new Board members take their seats.
    ICANN meetings are free and officially run five days (Monday to Friday). There are also a few pre-meeting workshops and working sessions when the volunteer members of our supporting organizations and advisory committees initiate their work.
    ICANN meetings offer the best opportunity for face-to-face discussions and airing of opinions among knowledgeable people dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Internet.
    ICANN meetings offer a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums, and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies.

#bringbacktheinternet in Cameroon!

29 January, 2017 (11:04) | Community | By: Alan

We support the principle that Internet access is a basic human right. In solidarity with our ISOC Cameroon brothers and sisters, we call on the government to reinstate access in two regions. http://www.internetsociety.cm/

ISOC Cameroon calls government to unblock the internet

ISOC Cameroon calls government to unblock the internet

UN resolution – Broadband access is a human right

29 July, 2016 (09:39) | Community, Membership, Policy | By: Alan

The Human Rights Council, guided by the Charter of the United Nations,

reaffirms the human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and relevant international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,

Noting that the exercise of human rights, in particular the right to freedom of expression, on the Internet is an issue of increasing interest and importance as the rapid pace of technological development enables individuals all over the world to use new information and communication technologies,

Noting also the importance of building confidence and trust in the Internet, not least with regard to freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights so that the potential of the Internet as, inter alia, an enabler for development and innovation can be realized, with full cooperation between governments, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and academia,

Recognizing that privacy online is important for the realization of the right to freedom of expression and to hold opinions without interference, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association,

Emphasizing that access to information on the Internet facilitates vast opportunities for affordable and inclusive education globally, thereby being an important tool to facilitate the promotion of the right to education, while underlining the need to address digital literacy and the digital divide, as it affects the enjoyment of the right to education,

Expressing concern that many forms of digital divides remain between and within countries and between men and women, boys and girls, and recognizing the need to close them,

Stressing the importance of empowering all women and girls by enhancing their access to information and communications technology, promoting digital literacy and the participation of women and girls in education and training on information and communications technology, and encouraging women and girls to embark on careers in the sciences and information and communications technology,

Read the full document here.