Tag: dotconnectafrica

DCA Trust sends a warning Letter to ICANN Board on GAC consultation over .Africa

Domains, Governance
. Days just before the ICANN Dublin meeting, DCA Trust has sent a warning to ICANN Board, through a letter posted on 14th October 2015. This letter responds to the Chair of ICANN Board, who wrote a letter to Chair of ICANN GAC “to request the GAC to clarify, or refine the earlier GAC Objection Advice that had been previously issued in April 2013 against DCA Trust’s .Africa application.” DCA Trust which has been embroiled in a battle over .africa for nearly 4 years and another 2 years in a legal battle with ICANN, won in an independent review panel decision to its favor on July 12015,  has asked ICANN not to shift blame to GAC for its own errors and omissions in making decisions over the .africa gTLD, noting that the IRP was against ICANN’s actions and not against the GAC. “Your lett
Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Domains, Internet
DCA has called for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN, following the final IRP ruling.  Here is DCA Trust's response   after the ICANN board's resolution and interpretation of the IRP report. The DCA response contained most of the points that would have addressed some of the recent developments on ICANN' reaction to the IRP ruling and public comments. Immediately after the IRP Ruling ICANN was found to have redacted most of the incriminating details, the contents of ICANN’s role in failing DCA before the Initiation evaluation. The report in summary is well detailed in this 3 series blog. John Jeffrey,  ICANN’s Counsel wrote a  Blog titled “.AFRICA IRP Declaration – Clearing Up Some Facts” , which was was meant to explain the reasons behind the redactions and reaction of public opi

The McFadden Files: How Geo Panel contractor bungled .Africa evaluation to favour ICANN’s preferred candidate

Domains, Governance, Internet
ICANN’s new gTLD guidebook clearly specified how its contractors were supposed to act with competence, and also independently to assure best quality performance in the evaluation of the 1930 new gTLD applications that were submitted under the new gTLD program. The outcome of an  Independent Review Panel however indicates otherwise in one of the most controversial applications under the ICANN new gTLD program. The discovery process of the .Africa IRP which pitted DCA Trust against ICANN showed a wide array of underhand dealings between InterConnnect Communications, the independent firm that was contracted to review geographic names and ICANN staff that were guided to ensure that ICANN’s choice, ZACR got the string and not DCA Trust. Here is an excerpt from the new gTLD Applicant Guideb
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
Rock Star Sophia Bekele Catalyzes the SOLD OUT 2015 Africa Business Forum at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Rock Star Sophia Bekele Catalyzes the SOLD OUT 2015 Africa Business Forum at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Business, Mobile
Sophia Bekele who has been called a Rock Star of Internet Tech was recently in the Haas School of Business in the University of California, Berkeley, as the featured keynote speaker of the 2015 Africa Business Forum. Below is a short preview of how the event happened and the key points that were given to the audience. "I was appointed as a policy advisor to ICANN when I came across this opportunity and asked what can I do for Africa? and thought I should bring this domain to Africa. I then anchored our campaign on 3 KEY principles. To brand Africa on the internet with the various products and services; to host the infrastructure & services in Africa so as to build capacity, as well as encourage Africans to purchase .africa domain and pay an African company instead of the current .com...

.Africa is a SHE, says CEO of ICANN

Domains, Governance
During the ICANN 50 Press Conference in London the ICANN president was fielding questions from Journalists, and in a demonstration of ICANN accountability process, Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN used .africa as an example that the ICANN process must be followed.    Reports Domainingafrica  The  .africa string was also a subject that has been mentioned quite severally during the ICANN 50 meeting that started from 22-26 June 2014, by the AUC and the competition losing patience over the ICANN process.   The ICANN president noted DotConnectAfrica's  "right" to file for IRP stating that: "Similarly the Africa where single applicant has filed an IRP she decided that this is her right and it her right and we should let her pursue her right even if the whole African Union has a different view her

Tribunal freezes ICANN processing on .africa: Independent Review Panel Rules in favor of DotConnectAfrica

Domains
A complaint by an organisation competing for the .africa geographic top-level domain (gTLD) has halted the launch of the internet name, which was planned to be unveiled early June by ZACR. DotConnectAfrica won an injunction when the Independent Review Panel ruled yesterday that ICANN should not carry on processing .africa until it has ruled on a complaint filed. This will allow the Panel time to consider arguments from DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust) and ICANN on DCA Trust’s claims regarding the .AFRICA TLD. The win stems from the fact that DCA received an Injunction it requested in its IRP Proceedings in an arbitration process against ICANN (‘DCA Trust vs. ICANN’) governed by the International Dispute Resolution Procedures of the ICDR based in New York and the Supplementary Procedur
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 dom

Bloomberg TV: Sophia Bekele featured in “African Women to Watch”

Governance, Internet
“Fearless, Competitive and Visionary Leaders of our time. We celebrate a new generation of African Women, closing the gender gap and shaping the continent’s political, social and economic landscape” says Bloomberg in its special TV Women to Watch FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) – Nov. 15, 2013 – “Africa is blooming and this is the time to tell the Africa story from the African perspective” , says Bloomberg TV Africa, which is avidly covering contemporary developments that are shaping the new and emerging Africa and producing a new TV Special “Women To Watch” which presents the stories and initiatives led by a new crop of “Inspiring, Visionary, African Women Leaders and Pioneers”.In its TV Special program, Bloomberg TV featured our own Sophia Bekele, who is Founder and Exe