The WSIS Forum 2015 is coming up this May in Geneva and we’re excited to announce two projects the Internet Society is involved with are nominated for a WSIS prize.
The winners will be decided by you – so we need your vote!
Voting closes May 1st so don’t miss out!
Here’s what’s been nominated:
Under Category 2 African Internet Exchange System project
African Union Commission, ETHIOPIA
The African Internet Exchange System project or AXIS project aims at keeping Africa’s Internet traffic local to the continent. Currently, much of Africa’s Internet traffic is routed through Internet exchange points external to the African continent. As countries establish their own IXPs, Internet traffic will be routed locally, creating a downward pressure on costs and stimulating growth in and distribution of local Internet content. Through the AXIS project, the AU and the Internet Society, working with other African Internet organizations such as AfriNIC, AfNOG and AftLD, is providing capacity building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of National Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa. Through this collaborative effort the organizations involved are assisting in the development of a more locally operated and, hence, more robust and economically accessible pan-African Internet.
Under Category 5 Combating Spam for Developing Countries
Internet Society, SWITZERLAND
The Internet Society’s Combating Spam for Developing Countries is designed to address the need for linkages between policy makers, network operators and the technical communities who have the knowledge and expertise to policy makers, network operators and technical communities who are in need of the information so they can address the issue of spam within their counties and join the global effort to stop spam. The Internet depends on the reliable functioning of its infrastructure and applications such as email, social media and texting. Addressing the many concerns that have been raised about what to do and how to approach spam mitigation is an on-going activity due to the ever changing nature of the threats that come from unsolicited forms of electronic communications, or spam. With its partners, M3AAWG, LAP, GSMA and the ITU; the Internet Society is keeping the dialogue on how to combat spam going so that expertise, experiences and lessons learned can be shared with people around the world.