By Emma Elebeke
Nigeria’s quest to become part of knowledge society is attracting global attention as the immediate past president of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) and Chief Executive Officer of PiNet Informatics, Mr. Lanre Ajayi, has been nominated into the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
His nomination, alongside seven others, was announced by the chairman of the ICANN’s 2011 Nominating Committee (NomCom), Mr. Adam Peake, on Friday in the latest selection to fill leadership positions at ICANN.
ICANN, with Headquarter in California United States, is responsible for managing the Internet Protocol address spaces and assignment of address blocks to regional Internet registries worldwide.
It maintains registries of Internet protocol identifiers and manages the top-level domain name space, which includes the operation of root name servers.
ICANN’s primary principles of operation is to preserve the operational stability of the Internet, promote competition, achieve broad representation of the global Internet community and develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.
It has a responsibility for full management of the Internet’s system of centrally coordinated identifiers through the multi-stakeholder model of consultation
GNSO is one of the three supporting organizations of ICANN to help in promoting the development of Internet policy and encourage diverse as well as international participation in the technical management of the Internet.