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Dimension Data's Andile Ngcaba Named to Global Internet Governance Panel

20 November, 2013
CIO East Africa
20 November 2013

Andile Ngcaba, founder of Convergence Partners, and Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa, has been named to an international panel on the Future of Global Internet Cooperation, to address the issue of Internet governance. The panel will meet for the first time in December in London, and its report, which will include principles for global Internet cooperation, a proposed framework for such cooperation, stakeholder relations, and a roadmap for future Internet governance, is expected to be released for comment in early 2014.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, was the catalyst for the panel. Toomas Ilves, President of Estonia will chair the panel, and Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, former Chairman of ICANN; and co-founder of the Internet Society will serve as a vice-chair.

Commenting on the formation of the panel, Ngcaba said: "The world, technology, society, politics, constitutions, religious doctrines, ideologies, and the economy - nearly all aspects of human life - are now being driven by the Internet. There's no law, regulation or global treaty that's not influenced by the Internet. Consequently, there's a growing dependence on the Internet globally, which is driving stock market trading, motor vehicle navigation systems, maritime movements, air traffic, and travel, to name a few.

"Every document in the world will be on the Internet. And with an estimated 50 billion-plus devices predicted to connect to the Internet in the future, we are today paving the way towards the Internet of things where almost everything will be connected to, and available online. This means governing the Internet requires a new way of thinking and governance."

The panel of members include:

· Mohamed al Ghanem, Founder and Director General of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; former Vice-Chair, UAE Information and Communications Technology Fund

· Virgilio Fernandes Almeida, Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences; Chair of Internet Steering Committee; National Secretary for Information Technology Policies

· Dorothy Attwood, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company

· Mitchell Baker, Chair, Mozilla Foundation; Chair and former CEO, Mozilla Corporation
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