Jones Seminar: The Development of Technologies in Africa

Nii Quaynor, Professor of Computer Science, University of Cape Coast & University of Ghana

Friday, April 6, 2018, 3:30–4:30pm

Rm. 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

With the fast pace of global technology advances, one wonders how the developing world would cope and survive the potential digital divides. The adoption of internet technologies in Africa, which occurred in four phases, is reviewed with its challenges and successes. This reflection informs approaches to mass adoption of other new technologies such as blockchain in Africa.

About the Speaker

Nii Quaynor graduated from Dartmouth in 1972 with an AB in engineering sciences and received a PhD in distributed systems in 1977 from SUNY at Stony Brook. After working with DEC, USA from 1977 till 1992, he returned to Ghana to establish the first ISP in the region operated by Network Computer Systems (NCS) in 1993. Nii also established Ghana Dot Com (GDC), an ICANN-Accredited Domain Name Registrar in 2007. Nii had earlier in 1979 established the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Nii is the Convener of AfNOG, a network technology transfer institution since 2000 and Founding Chairman of AFRINIC, the African numbers registry.  He is also a Founding Member of AfricaCERT and WACREN, a regional research and education network.

Nii taught microprocessors with the International Center for Theoretical Physics in several developing countries in the ‘80s, and has served on several boards, commissions and task forces including ICANN, UN ICT Task Force, IGF-MAG, GNA, ICANN Strategy Panel on Public Responsibility, National IT Agency, Ghana Interbank Payments and Settlements System, National Identification Authority and the Council of the University of Ghana.

Nii remains the Chairman of Ghana Dot Com, a Professor of Computer Science at University of Cape-Coast, Ghana and a member of the Electronic Communications Tribunal of Ghana. He is Patron of the Internet Society of Ghana and received the Internet Society’s prestigious Jonathan Postel Service Award for pioneering work to advance the Internet in Africa in December 2007. He was also inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013 for his pioneering role in the development of the Internet in Africa. Further, Nii received in Dec 2014, the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah Genius Award for Information Communications Technology. Nii was also awarded ICANN’s Multi-Stakeholder Ethos award in June 2015.

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