Governance

Did ZACR and Africa Union ignore the warning to be wary of wrong doing over .Africa?

Did ZACR and Africa Union ignore the warning to be wary of wrong doing over .Africa?

Governance, Internet
  July 9 2015 saw the much awaited IRP ruling over the .Africa domain after DCA Trust took ICANN to task over discriminatory Board decisions and actions taken with regard to DCA Trust's application for the DotAfrica. The resultant win is a culmination of wins that started with the IRP declaring  that ICANN immediately refrain from any further processing of any application for .africa until this Panel has heard the merits of DCA’s Trust Notice of Independent Review Process and issued its final decision regarding the same. The final decision also sustained the suspension of the .Africa registry contract the ZACR and ICANN signed in dire disregard of the IRP. The trouble with the .Africa domain though did not start with DCA taking ICANN to the IRP, the delay has been progressing fro
Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Domains, Governance, Internet
In a landmark ruling announced on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Independent Review Process (IRP) facilitated by the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) declared that DotConnectAfrica Trust was the prevailing party in the two year case was commenced after a suit that was filed by DCA Trust in October 2013 to challenge an ICANN Board decision. The international IRP Panel comprised of Arbitration experts, Mr. Babak Barin (President of Panel), a leading Commercial Arbitration Expert from Canada and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Prof. (Dr.) Catherine Kessedjian, an International Dispute Resolution Specialist and Professor of Law at the University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France; and the Honorable Judge William J. Cahill, a retired San Francisco Supe

ICANN’s Proposed Changes to WHOIS Rules could Jeopardize Privacy

Governance, Internet
A proposed change by ICANN to the way that registrars treat the private contact details for domain owners could make it easier for anyone to get information on people who use proxy services. The potential change comes in the form of a document from a working group of the Generic Names Supporting Organization at ICANN, the group that oversees Internet names and numbers. The working group is considering a number of changes to the way that privacy and proxy services operate, are accredited, and handle requests for registrant details from various organizations. The main driver for this is copyright infringement issues and the working group has put together a proposed framework to handle such requests, but the issue is a divisive one, both inside the working group itself and among outside obs

Expansion of New Top Level Domains Would Go Better At A Slower Pace

Domains, Governance, Internet
As contributed by Roger Kay  on Forbes. So, I’ve already said it once this year: more than 12 months after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened up the Web domain space to a potentially infinite number of new names, the greatest expansion has been in confusion. Once upon a time there were only 22 generic top-level domains (sometimes called gTLDs, Internet domains, Web domains, or just domains ) with type suffixes like .com, .net, .mil, and .gov, and geographic suffixes like .uk, .ru, and .jp. Now there are close to 500 — with potentially 900 more to come in the next few months. After an initial flurry of apparent enthusiasm — a certain amount of defensive purchasing of adjacent name spaces (e.g., Apple AAPL -2.61% nailing down .mac, Amazon.com AMZN -

Crypto Currency innovation: Kenya’s BitPesa Raises $1.1 Million, Expands Operations

Cyber Security, Domains, Governance, Internet, Mobile
- BitPesa, the Nairobi-based startup that’s taken aim at the global remittance business, announced that it’s raised $1.1 million in a second round of funding led by San Francisco-based Pantera Capital. Dan Morehead, Pantera’s CEO and founder, joined the startup’s board of directors. WSJ Reports Other investors included Crypto Currency Partners, Stephens Investment Management, Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., and Future/Perfect Ventures. The company, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, has raised a total of $1.7 million. “We’ve learned a lot, and we’re growing,” Elizabeth Rossiello, BitPesa’s CEO and co-founder, told MoneyBeat. The company now has a staff of nine full-time employees, and has expanded its services beyond the remittance business. “We’re surprised ourselves about ho

Breaking : The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed Sen RoyBlunt and Sen. Hatch’s Internet Awareness Resolution as ICANN 52 Starts

Governance, Internet
Washington, D.C.—Senator Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, was joined by co-sponsors Senators Blunt, Coons, Inhofe, and Warner, in cheering passage of the Hatch-Blunt Internet Governance Awareness Week resolution (S. Res. 71), which cleared the Senate by unanimous consent on Thursday night. “Next week, ICANN will hold its 52nd public meeting in Singapore to discuss the proposed IANA Stewardship Transition, something that will have tremendous effects on Internet infrastructure and governance around the world,” Hatch said. “It’s crucial that the public know what is at stake, especially considering the political and economic consequences of getting this wrong. This resolution is a step in the right direction, and will send a message that the

2015 Predictions: US Exceptionalism in internet governance and Cyber security

Cyber Security, Governance, Internet
2015 promises to be a great year in internet governance matters, cyber security has already hit the headlines early in the year.  Other issues on focus include the role of the US Congress in the ICANN/IANA transition. Read the expert opinion on the predictions for 2015 on CircleID article "Wikileaks 2012, NSA 2013, NTIA Mishaps & Global Cyber Crime 2014: U.S. Exceptionalism over IG 2015?" below; Wikileaks 2012, NSA 2013, NTIA Mishaps & Global Cyber Crime 2014: U.S. Exceptionalism over IG 2015? The internet has become almost part of our daily involvement and reality is that it affects every facet of our modern lives. We are increasingly becoming dependent on the Internet, for which reason its availability, functionality, safety, stability and security are now of great and continui

Hamadoun Touré back in Mali after 8 years as Secretary General of ITU

Business, Governance, Internet
Mali has welcomed back with pomp and pride its ICT hero, Dr Hamadoun Touré, who has returned home after eight years at the helm of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where many observers say he helped change the face of ICTs in the Third World.  Reports By Issa Sikiti da Silva BizTech Africa Touré has been replaced by China's Houlin Zhao, the man who has been acting as his deputy since he was elected S-G of ITU in 2007. The former ITU boss touched his motherland’s soil on 26 December 2014, feted by his government who dispatched a high-level delegation led by Mahamadou Camara, minister of digital economy, information and communication, to welcome him at the Bamako International airport. Touré said he was proud to have represented his country and the African continent with

IRP Documents Reveal African Government Endorsements were for Reserving .africa String for AU and not for AU to apply or designate an applicant for .Africa String

Domains, Governance, Internet
New revelations from the  DCA vs. ICANN  IRP documents that were released recently provide new details which could have serious consequences for ZACR’s application for the hotly contested .africa gTLD. The  documents include Sophia Bekele’s (DotConnectAfrica’s - DCA’s - executive director) expert testimony and the Second Memorial on the Merits by DCA's legal representatives, an international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which represents DCA in the DCA vs. ICANN IRP, on how the .Africa new gTLD application was processed. The lack of  endorsements to ZACR seem also apparent, and also details that ICANN played a big role in supporting ZACR’s application against the rules of engagement where ICANN was supposed to be a referee.   The redacted document states “ICANN not only advised

From International IT Auditor to Global Entrepreneur Sophia Bekele

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Internet
Sophia Bekele is not your average entrepreneur.  She cut her niche as a pioneer in ICT matters, when She started her career as an IT Auditor in MultiNational Fortune 500 Companies, such as Bank of America, California Bank and PriceWaerHouseCoopers in US, when Auditing technology platforms was an emerging field. Sophia is now an international entrepreneur, corporate governance & risk management specialist and an international policy advisor on ICT an development, as well as the founder of DotConnectafrica, an internet company that spans across Africa with her renowned and widely  acclaimed "Yes2dotAfrica Campaign". Born and raised in Ethiopia, Sophia and her Sister moved to the US where she ended up pursuing computer and information systems for her undergrad degree.  The serial entrepr