The growth of Africa’s online and radio community

Broadband, Internet
The internet in Africa is limited by a lower penetration rate when compared to the rest of the world. Measurable parameters such as the number of ISP subscriptions, overall number of hosts, IXP-traffic, and overall available bandwidth all indicate that Africa is way behind the ‘digital divide’. Moreover, Africa itself exhibits an inner digital divide, with most internet activity and infrastructure concentrated in South Africa, Morocco and Egypt. more

.Green draws are better overall, but that doesn’t mean it will come to market first.

Domains, Internet
.Green draws are better overall, but that doesn’t mean it will come to market first. When ICANN planned “digital archery” to determine the order in which it would review top level domain applications, there was a benefit to applying for a domain other people were applying for: all applications would be moved up in the queue to the top spot in the contention set. You could say the opposite for the prioritization draw that happened yesterday. Basically a draw number is only as good as the worst draw in the contention set assuming the applicants don’t “settle” with each other early on. By that measure, .green took a slight edge on .eco yesterday. more

The UN/ITU respond to Google’s #freeandopen campaign as the EU votes to condemn changes to internet governance

Governance, Internet
An intergovernmental organisation, which few people have heard of, wants to take control over the management of the internet potentially harming freedom of speech and increasing censorship, according to a chilling warning from Google. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) @ITU, an organ of the United Nations which consists of world governments and telcos, will be convened on December 3 2012 in what Google is calling a “closed door meeting” to debate whether governance of internet (as distinct from the web) should be handed over to it. more

The UN’s internet gabfest

How do you fix a big problem? Well, one thing you don't do is call the United Nations and then ask that august body to do something that it has never done before. Yet, this is exactly what appears to be happening when the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union meets at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai next week. more