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On July 24th 2011, we attended the 8th KENIC AGM. As you know KENIC is a multistakeholder organisation so membership is drawn from government (CCK), Private sector (registrars, ISPs) and public through civil society. The minutes will be put online but here are some highlights from the meeting:

Google is partnering with KENIC to increase local content. KENIC gave Google a chance to make a presentation to especially registrars on how they can partner especially to increase local domains. Some interesting figures that caught my attention:

  • Africa contributes about 2% of global content on the Internet
  • There are now about 10.5 Million Internet users in Kenya.
  • In the next 2 years 60% of local ad revenue will be from mobile

Very interesting was also a presentation on KENICs dispute resolution policy. The policy, known as ADRP attempts to localise ICAAN's UDRP. It is open for comment and will be put up on KENIC's website. Some highlights of the policy:

  • ADRP is voluntary ADRPcovers abusive registrations and offensive registrations
  • ADRPstarts with mediation by KENIC followed by arbitration by an independent arbitrator (in case mediation fails)

Questions raised after presentation on ADRP (notably, most were asked by ICAK reps)

  • How to enforce cultural, people and community right in ADRP, so that it is not just a policy that protects copyright and other IP right holders?
  • Where to get guidelines for registrars so that they can advice their customers on the policy before they register domains
  • Whether the policy covers registrant-registrar disputes. For instance, where a registrar locks out a customer leading to loss of a domain, frontrunning...
  • How to enforce the policy whether KENIC has adequate capacity to handle mediation of disputes?
    whether there is an appeal process


During the main business of the meeting, ICAK also participated actively, offering advice, proposing motions and giving the vote of thanks. It was noted that KENIC had done a commendable job of organising the 37th ICAAN meeting that had put Kenya on the map as a conference destination.

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