The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has reasserted Kenya’s position as an ICT powerhouse by opening its first Africa regional engagement office in Nairobi.
Kenya boasts one of the most active online populations in Africa and is one of the most connected countries in the world. According to the Communications Authority, Kenya’s mobile phone reach stands at more than 88 per cent of the population; and at 82.6 per cent Internet penetration, Internet reaches 35.5 people.
ICANN is a non-profit public-benefit corporation dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. With participants from all over the world, it helps promote competition and develop policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.
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 helps coordinate these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet.
ICANN does not control content or deal with Internet access. It also cannot stop spam.
Formed in 1998, ICANN is headquartered in Los Angeles, with two operational hubs in Turkey and Singapore.
Its regional presence will deepen ICANN’s engagements with African governments and private sector players on the continent.
The ICANN Africa office is located on 17th Floor of ICEA Building on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi’s CBD.
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