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    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @12:37PM (#4413)
    http://www.worldbank.org/developmentnews/archives/html/nov15-19-99.htm

    Dyson responded to concerns about Africans and others from developing countries not being represented in ICANN: “I agree that the lack of a role for Africa is a serious issue—it is important that every continent be represented on ICANN. We do have a rule in our bylaws that calls for every continent to be represented on our board. We are making headway, in that nine new directors have been nominated, one from Latin America, but still not one from Africa.”

    Dyson invited participants to email her at us@edventure.com with solutions for achieving greater African and other developing- country representation.

    Francis Gurry, assistant director general and legal counsel of the World Intellectual Property Organization, spoke about the phenomenon of political as well as technological convergence and stressed the importance of better defining public and private roles in the governance of the emerging global information infrastructure. He mused that there may be an emerging need for a UN General Assembly for the Internet that would raise the conundrum of where there would be one domain, one vote.

    The keynote luncheon speech on November 10th by His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, focused on examples from the Aga Khan Development Network of innovative partnerships in preserving Islamic cultures and knowledge. Examples included the establishment of ArchNet, an online community of professionals interested in Islamic architecture.




    He also described the Aga Khan University in Pakistan and its innovative School of Nursing, which allows thousands of women to earn advanced degrees in nursing. Using the Internet and distance learning, the school has become a leading resource for nursing education in other developing countries as well. Health ministries in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda are now eager to launch a regional program for upgrading nursing education in Eastern Africa.

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