Tag: Uniforum

African governments fear ICT policy creation? A case made by dotAfrica

Domains, Governance
Africa in the recent years has become the focus of international business and tech firms looking to pitch and setup in Africa in order to be part of the beneficiaries of the African Market. This past week, iWeek conference in conference in South Africa hosted delegates on internet business. Its reported that stakeholders at the Internet Service Providers’ Association think that  “Development in the digital landscape is a fearsome experience to most African governments, posing the opportunity for business involvement and registrar incubation” In term of policy that reflects an international status, Africa has been taken to lag behind and just mostly use the already ratified rules. This applies to almost any of the industries be it business, law agriculture, international relations and

DotConnectAfrica’s Government Objection sponsored by ICANN – Towards a failure of the New gTLD program

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As a matter of routine to be open the internet community ICANN surprised many by the revelations of its FY14 Operating Plan and Budget . Mind boggling figures are intended to stretch ICANN through its 2014 fiscal year. ICANN indicates that the Projects are also inclusive of funded project activities based on ICANN's strategic priorities as documented in the adopted three year 2013-2015 Strategic Plan. ICANN also expects to cater for an increasing staff capacity perhaps to match the increasing global coverage as ICANN attempts to get a global image. ICANN also posted the relevant budgeting for the meetings that it organizes three times every year. The most critical and visible within the budget allocations were the GAC Spending for the two latest ICANN meetings. ICANN sponsored ...

A delayed evaluation “pass” score for dotAfrica competition a Surprise as DotConnectAfrica refuses to withdraw

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A recent report has been published on the status of the .africa new domain. The fight for .africa web domain continues as ICANN evaluation scores emerge. Sophia Bekele, whose Company, DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Trust was one of the contenders for the .africa gTLD web address name, said: “A lot of progress has been registered during the past six years, especially managing a global promotional campaign to raise awareness about .africa and new gTLDs and the work of ICANN in general; and to also explain to people and different organizations how Africa and Africans would benefit from the introduction of the new gTLD”.  She also said, “a lot of challenges in terms of effort, resources, and communicating the .africa message to enable realignment of fixed mind-sets”, and added that her company was

Why has ICANN not released Initial Evaluation results for Uniforum’s .africa application?

Domains, Governance
Soon ICANN activities and management of the new gTLD program, much as it’s mostly an unchartered destiny is going to reveal just how hard it is to stay neutral in processing different applications. So far some applications have  received their evaluation results earlier than those whose priority numbers come first. Durban South Africa is the latest destination for ICANN international meeting, and conveniently it is in Africa, the home of the most contested gTLD. .Africa was once a very attractive domain that has turned quite unpopular after a sustained and mostly unfair fight between the two principal applicants of the domain name string: DotConnectAfrica Trust from Kenya and Uniforum ZACR from South Africa. What will make this all controversial is not that one applicant is weaker or str
DotConnectAfrica implores the ICANN Board not to consider the Mis-Advised GAC Objection – Requests its application to proceed with the ICANN process

DotConnectAfrica implores the ICANN Board not to consider the Mis-Advised GAC Objection – Requests its application to proceed with the ICANN process

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“We stand by our position that UniForum has not engaged with ‘clean hands’ over the issue of .Africa.   Accepting a GAC Objection Advice against DCA’s application will be against the canons of equity and justice.” ICANN 46  held from 7-11 April 2013 in Beijing China saw the most anticipated process of the new gTLD process that is vetting over 1000 applied for top level domains that are set to forever change and expand the existing namespace. GAC advice according to the Applicant Guide Book is intended to give ICANN advice concerning various applications that it feels need further scrutiny. ICANN officially notified applicants of the publication of GAC Advice on April 18, 2013, triggering the 21-day applicant response period per the Applicant Guidebook Module 3.1. Much as ICANN GAC’s