On 29th January 2020, the AFTLD Secretariat participated in a Fireside Chat convened by the Communications Authority of Kenya and the Kenya Network Information Centre under the auspices of the KE-CIRT. The theme of the fireside chat was Growth of the DNS Ecosystem and its impact on Technology.
Present at the Fireside Chat was the Acting Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya Mrs. Mercy Wanjau, the Kenya Network Information Centre Chief Executive Officer Joel Karubiu, the Manager Stakeholder Engagement for ICANN in Eastern Africa Bob Ochieng and Kevin Chege Director Internet Development at the Internet Society. The event was moderated by Ms Grace Githaiga Convenor of the Kenya ICT Action Network and host of Take on Tech a weekly show that demystifies technology to the general public on the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation the Public broadcaster.
The Fireside chat which took place at the Africa Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute AFRALTI was attended by more than 60 participants drawn from the multi stakeholder Internet Community in Kenya and members of the Kenya Cybersecurity and Forensics Association a co-convenor of the fireside series.
The event which sought to demystify the Domain Name System in Kenya started with a presentation from Kevin Chege Director Internet Development at the Internet Society who explained to the audience the nature of the Domain Name System. Mr. Bob Ochieng then took participants through global actors in the Domain Name System with a focus on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers whereas Mr. Barrack Otieno delved into Regional Actors with emphasis on the African Region.
Mr. Karubiu explained the role and functions of the Kenya Network Information Centre including the measures that had been put in place to protect domain names under the registry such as the Domain Name Security Extension (DNSSEC).