The Chief Web Advocate at World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF), Nnenna Nwakanma, has been offered a position on the new board of dotAfrica Foundation (dAF). dAF is a non-profit organisation that encourages the participation of the African stakeholder community, including country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), registrars, technical communities, governments, and businesses in coordinating ICT-related socio-economic and enterprise development initiatives in Africa, and ensuring that surplus dAF funds are applied towards pre-defined developmental projects in Africa, under suitable terms.
However, due to Nwakanma’s expertise in technology, she was offered a board membership. She works for the WWWF, an international organisation that fights for digital equality with the aim of changing government and business policies for the better, thereby ensuring that everyone has the right to access the internet and use it freely and fully.
Nwakanma is a well-respected technology voice and leader in Africa as she has worked with a lot of CSOs, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF), amongst others, to ensure that there is better access to the internet in the continent.
She took to her Facebook page to announce the news of the board membership offer from dAF. Part of the offer letter which she shared read, ’I am honoured to inform you that you have been selected to join the newly formed board of [dAF], which was established recently in Mauritius… The board will include leading Africa internet experts and pioneers (eg AfriNIC CEO, AfTLD, AfRALO, etc). [Y]our participation in the foundation board will be highly beneficial and impactful’.
She is yet to give an answer concerning the offer.
Nwakanma is also a Nigerian Free and Open-source Software activist, a Diplo alumnus, an ICT4D Strategist, an expert in eParticipation and Citizen Engagement, one of the early pioneers of the Africa Data Revolution (ADR), a respected voice in the UN’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a pioneer and continued advisor on internet governance in Africa, and Faculty at the Schools of Internet Governance. She has over 15 years of experience working with the UN Systems in human rights, information society, gender, data digital equality, and sustainable development. She advocates for policy and systemic changes that are needed for meaningful internet access, open data, open government, and the open web across Africa, bringing together local and international stakeholders to advance the digital agenda.