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25th Birthday Party at The Odyssey!

25 July, 2017 (09:46) | Uncategorized | 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
Competition!
We invite all members to submit a T-Shirt design reflecting #thenext25 years of internet in South Africa.
Submit in PDF Hi res – black & white only – to kobie@isoc.org.za
Print size is 300 x 400mm – White on Black T-shirt
Deadline! We need your artwork by 15 August.

The winning design will be voted for by members on our facebook page, and we will print a limited edition of 50 T-Shirts for celebration attendees

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

12 June, 2017 (14:02) | Uncategorized | 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

iWeek 2016

17 May, 2016 (15:48) | Uncategorized | By: Alan

iWeek – South Africa’s leading annual Internet industry conference – celebrates its 15th Year of existence at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg, South Africa from 19 – 23 September 2016. This is such an auspicious occasion as co-hosts ISPA and INX-ZA look back on the enormous changes that have taken place in the industry since that first small gathering in 2001.

The conference and the audience have evolved along the way and for some years now, the event has been supported by a number of partners, which include the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA), the ZA Central Registry, the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA), and South African chapters of the Internet Society. 2015 saw a bumper year in the number of delegates passing through the doors.

What’s more, ISPA will be celebrating its 20th birthday and WAPA its 10th birthday. INX-ZA will also be celebrating the 20th birthday of the Johannesburg Internet exchange. This is therefore the perfect occasion to represent and market your organisation as the industry comes together for this unique year of celebration.

A wide variety of tutorials, seminars, training sessions and workshops running in parallel to the plenary events will be provided by the partners, ensuring that a range of interesting and relevant topics are presented to industry.

Both ISPA and WAPA hold their Annual General Meetings as part of iWeek, attracting members from both organisations to the event. Other participants include the Wi-Fi Forum SA and the South African ICT Industry Associations’ Forum. Attendees to iWeek each year are ISP and WISP representatives, managers and business owners. In addition, iWeek also attracts a broad selection of Internet governance stakeholders, the legal fraternity, hardware vendors, academia, representatives from non-profit organisations working in the Internet space, and important government representatives.

There are a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities available to suit the pocket including a number of cost- effective exhibition tables. Sponsorship allows your organisation to market its services to the core Internet audience in South Africa, and position itself as an active player in the industry. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with leading industry stakeholders, developers and customers. If interested, please contact Elaine Zinn at iweek@ispa.org.za or call +27 83 327 4806. The information can also be found here: http://www.iweek.org.za/sponsor/

Remember to pre-register by going to the website: http://www.iweek.org.za/

The conference is STILL free to attendees. Please share this notice with your clients, suppliers and other interested parties. Thank you.

IPv6 enabled

8 April, 2016 (10:21) | Uncategorized | By: Alan

ISOC-ZA is proudly the first ISOC chapter we can find to have an IPv6 enabled web site.

IPV6 enabled

IPV6 enabled

iWeek – from 7-11 September, at the Spier Hotel in Cape Town

14 July, 2015 (13:02) | Community, Education, Events | By: Alan

iWeek logoEach year, ISOC-ZA partners with ISPA and most of South Africa’s Internet organisations for the annual week long get together at iWeek. If you have an interest in Internet technology, governance or just for an opportunity to discuss how the Internet develops in South Africa, you should attend iWeek. Sessions on this year’s program which are of interest to South African netizens:

Tuesday, 8 September:
· ISOC day-long emerging technologies ION event for a detailed look at DNSSec and IPv6.

Wednesday, 9 September:
· The ZA Central Registry hosts a 25-year retrospective on the history of the .ZA country domain.
· The ZA Domain Name Authority hosts a workshop looking at potential new second-level .ZA domains.

Thursday, 10 September:
· SA Internet Under Siege – a panel discussion looking at online content regulation.
· Opportunities for entrepreneurs in the telecommunications and domain name industries.
· ICT Development Forum – this year the forum focuses on strengthening the role played by women in ICT.

iWeek 2015 takes place from 7-11 September, at the Spier Hotel in Cape Town. Thanks to the support of iWeek’s hosts — ISPA, INX-ZA and ZACR — and the iWeek sponsors, attendance at the event is completely free to anyone with an interest in the Internet.

The iWeek 2015 is currently open for pre-registration here: http://www.iweek.org.za

State of the Internet in SA

30 August, 2013 (11:36) | Community | By: Alan

Akamai publish quarterly reports and data visualisations of the state of the Internet. ISOC-ZA is proud that South Africa uses almost 7m IP addresses, and acknowledges the challenges that we confront with lower penetration rates than many other African countries with much smaller utilisation of address space. We note that we are of similar levels of usage to a much bigger internet population such as Australia (@ almost 8m IP addresses) and look forward to greater adoption of IPv6.

Call for comment: net.za, org.za & web.za charters

14 August, 2013 (11:27) | Policy | By: Alan

ZADNA invited its members, the local Internet industry & South Africa public to provide comments to the proposed Charters of NET.ZA, ORG.ZA and WEB.ZA. See their Background to NET-ZA ORG-ZA WEB-ZA charters, Call for comment NET-ZA ORG-ZA WEB-ZA Aug-2013, NET.ZA Charter for public comment, ORG.ZA Charter for public comment and WEB.ZA Charter for public comment.

The ISOC-ZA response can be downloaded by clicking here

Please join the ISOC-ZA policy discussion list here, and submit your comments and join the discussions.

Internet Society Chapter Workshop: Africa

3 July, 2013 (12:10) | Community, Events, Policy | By: Alan

In two weeks time (14-18 July 2013) the global Internet governance organisation ICANN will be meeting for the second time in South Africa, at the Durban conference centre. Everyone is welcome and anyone interested in global policy making must attend (only thing needed is your brain, bring that and get free coffee and beer and lunches); more info on their site http://durban47.icann.org/ .

ISOC-ZA is participating in the related workshop for all ISOC chapters in Africa, next Thursday 11 July. Please add any comments on our FB group http://facebook.com/ISOCza.

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24 May, 2013 (09:28) | Community, Outreach | By: Alan

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