Tag: dotafrica

ITU #GirlsinICT: Miss.Africa expands horizons to Increase number of African Girls in ICT

ITU #GirlsinICT: Miss.Africa expands horizons to Increase number of African Girls in ICT

Women
Technology sector and the internet can be a great enabler for girls in Africa. However, with the rapid developments in technology, the digital gender divide remains unnoticed as it widens. Changing perceptions and attitudes of every one around the globe is an important part of achieving gender equality in technology. The Miss.Africa, a gender-focused initiative targeted mainly at female youth audiences in Africa to increase early technology use and adoption, is actively getting involved to address this digital divide. The program has run several initiatives in Africa to equip girls and women with digital skills that enables them survive in the technology sector. As part of its activities, Miss.Africa supports initiatives that encourage women in technology with an annual seed fund progra...
Huge Blow to ZACR: Dismissed as Party on .Africa case, denied Preliminary Injunction Reconsideration

Huge Blow to ZACR: Dismissed as Party on .Africa case, denied Preliminary Injunction Reconsideration

Domains
ZACR has been dealt a huge blow in its .Africa bid after the California court that is handling the case quashed its Motion for reconsideration and to vacate Preliminary Injunction. This effectively means ICANN is now left to answer it's own case. Court said, ICANN joined this motion on May 10, 2016. Since then, the Court has granted ZACR’s Motion to Dismiss in its entirety, thereby extinguishing ZACR’s role a party to the action. Therefore, the Court denies as moot ZACR’s motion for reconsideration, and addresses the motion only as it pertains to ICANN. DCA had stated in its opposition to the reconsideration motion that ZACR's actions on .Africa  was indeed an attempt at a second bite at the apple. DCA said “Defendant ZA Central Registry’s (“ZACR”) motion to reconsider and vacate the

Former Kenya ICT Ministry’s Bitange Ndemo and current adviser to ICANN indicted over Lucrative Konza Land deal

Business, Internet
The Kenyan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has put high profile personalities in Kenya, including former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications Dr Bitange Ndemo, of misconduct in connection to the sale of the Malili Ranch site for the Konza Technopolis. Dr. Bitange Ndemo is a Senior lecturer at University of Nairobi and is also involved in several internet governance forums and panels including ICANN. He is a Honorary Chair of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and an Advisor to the Better than Cash Alliance, a global initiative to digitize payments. Sh1 billion Malili ranch scandal The Police want Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, former PS. Bitange Ndemo and Law Society of Kenya chairman Eric Mutua charged with fraud and ...
Delays in .africa launch as African Countries slow to reserve dotAfrica

Delays in .africa launch as African Countries slow to reserve dotAfrica

Domains
The dotafrica domain has been staged for more delays as both applicants Uniforum ZACR and DotConnectAfrica Trust are facing various delays in processing their respective applications.  The domain is among the 1930 that were applied for in early 2012. Currently ICANN has put over 100 new top level domains in the root ready for delegation. In Africa, several activities have seriously affected the normal programming of a domain delegation, Uniforum ZACR despite giving too much hope to applicants in the beginning of 2014 are facing numerous hitches. Late 2013, South Africa’s Uniforum ZA Central Registry (ZACR) had announced that it expected the commencement of the .africa ‘sunrise’ phase in March 2013.  However recent reports indicate that the planned sunrise launch of the .africa internet d

It is time for ICANN to walk the talk of accountability and stop playing the lame duck

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Adding Africa to the Case: ICANN has long been the greatest promoter of the Multi Stakeholder process where every upcoming development issue was managed in a bottom up process. However having been interested in the New gTLD game, and blogging about it since it started, I was just beginning to start questioning ICANN's accountability and transparency issues when I think my suspicion was validated with a report covered by the new internet report  titled Walking the Talk: ICANN must address its Accountability Meltdown. The author writes: “Looking back over the record, we find ourselves increasingly alarmed. ICANN the corporation has jettisoned all pretense of bottom up policy development. Its staff has taken direct control of most essential policy decisions. Its board is clearly im