"no foreign government 'owns' its ccTLD or can order ICANN or the Department of Commerce to take any actions with respect to a ccTLD."
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ICANN's At Large Membership will select 5 members of the ICANN Board of Directors in a worldwide online vote. One Director will be elected from each of five geographic regions: Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, and North America.

The current stage of the ICANN At Large election process is the voter education and dialogue phase. For information on the nominees, click here. To enter the Question & Answer Forum, click here.


The objectives of AFTLD is to:

  • represent the interests of the African ccTLDs, including the neighbouring islands around the African continent
  • promote communication and cooperation between ccTLDs' managers
  • inform the African Internet community about the ICANN process, through an awareness and outreach program
  • provide a common address where information about African ccTLD's can be obtained

AFTLD works in conjunction with other initiatives, viz:

  • AfriNIC ( which is an emerging registry to allocate IP addresses for the African continent
  • AFNOG (, the African Network Operators' Group, the goal of which is to promote technical cooperation within the continent
  • APTLD (, which represents the interests of the ccTLD community in the Asia Pacific region
  • AfriDNS - African Domain Names (, Africa's parallel organization to the DNSO of ICANN.

AFTLD is also participates in the ccTLD constituency of the ICANN ( DNSO, and contributes in Working Groups which provides feedback and suggestions to ICANN.

ccTLD managers belonging in the African region are encouraged to join the mailing list to be kept informed about the development in the ccTLD area.

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