MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: Former ICANN Board member Nii Quaynor has received the Internet Society's Jonathan B. Postel Service Award, better known simply as the Postel Award, for his pioneering work in Africa.
Dr Quaynor received the award on stage from Internet Society (ISOC) president Lynn St. Amour at the 70th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Vancouver on 5 December for his "leadership in advancing Internet technology in Africa and galvanizing technologists to improve Internet access and capabilities throughout the continent."
The annual award is named after Internet pioneer and stalwart Dr. Jonathan B. Postel. There have been 10 recipients of the award since 1999, and the award is designed to honor those that have made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community.
Dr Quaynor said of receiving the award: "I am humbled by the award and what Jon Postel represents to our community in Africa. Jon Postel's efforts and the global view he maintained on the operation of the domain name system and the numbering services assured that Africa would share in the Internet growth and early. I thank the Internet Society for the recognition and am very pleased to be associated with Jon's memorial."
"We will work to develop more African engineers to meet the fast network growth needs of the region, being a late starter, and to join the technical policy processes. Our overall objective is to strengthen education and research in network technologies in Africa."
ICANN president and CEO, Dr Paul Twomey, lent his congratulations to the community's.
"I'm delighted to see that Nii has been honored in this way for all the hard work and dedication he has shown over the years," Dr Twomey said. "As a Board member, he contributed greatly to the organization’s understanding of the issues faced by the African continent when it comes to the Internet – issues that we continue to face every day."
Dr. Quaynor is chairman of Network Computer Systems (NCS) Ghana.com and a professor of computer science at University of Cape-Coast, Ghana. He is also the convener of the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), a network technology transfer institution since 2000 and the founding chairman of AfriNIC, the African numbers registry.
He served as ICANN's At-Large Director for the African region between October 2000 and June 2003.
Full details on the award are available at http://www.isoc.org/isoc/media/releases/071205pr.shtml
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