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April, 2013

“Not so fast Jack” Says DotConnectAfrica to .africa delegation

“The .Africa domain name string is nowhere near delegation by ICANN and any talk of starting to plan and prepare for the launching of the new gTLD by UniForum is almost like living in a fool’s paradise.” In a new stinging rejoinder characteristic of their regular press releases, DotConnectAfrica an applicant for the .africa string […]

ICANN set to open Istanbul Hub

Infrastructure, growing technology sector, proximity to Europe, Middle-East and Africa make Istanbul ideal location Istanbul, Turkey… ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé has announced the organization will open its first hub office in Istanbul, Turkey. The announcement marks a significant moment in the evolution of ICANN as it prepares to spread its operational […]

Africa Union Tyranny of .africa and the African Community Circus

“The GAC shall provide advice and communicate issues and views to the ICANN Board. The GAC is not a decision making body. Such advice given by the GAC shall be without prejudice to the responsibilities of any public authority with regard to the bodies and activities of ICANN, including the Supporting Organisations and Councils.” GAC Principle […]

ICANN GAC Ignores Kenya’s Advice on DotConnectAfrica’s .africa application

Kenya said AU’s Process on .africa was not transparent and do not want to agree to any GAC advise on DotConnectAfrica’s application, however consensus was reached says the GAC report.  How? ICANN concluded its 46th meeting held in Beijing China last week, some of the highlights of the meeting as per the announcements is that it […]

Understanding the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Regions

What really results from deploying open data apps in the society and particularly in grass-root communities? Why then should we encourage the technology community to explore the business and revenue opportunities that are presented by open data? On what evidential basis,are we demanding from the government (and other organizations) to maintain open data portals? While […]

Spammers Piggyback on Boston Marathon Attack

Cybercriminals don’t hesitate when they see an opportunity to spread malware. Not even when it means exploiting as horrific an event as the Boston Marathon bombing. There’s nothing new about this, of course. From big news events like Osama Bin Laden’s death, to lightweight showbiz stories — anything about Emma Watson, for example — cybercriminals […]

ICANN in Beijing, China: IDNs to win big in the new gTLD process.

Internationalized domain names (IDNs) which  are  Internet domain names containing  at least one label that is displayed in software applications, in whole or in part, in a language-specific script or alphabet, such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Tamil or the Latin alphabet-based characters with diacritics, such as French. They are stored in the Domain Name System […]

The New gTLDs from ICANN Are Coming: Plan, Don’t Panic

By now, brand owners are probably aware of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). They may have received literature from various sources about recording trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse and preparing for the first deployment of new gTLDs. There is no cause for alarm yet, […]

2.7 billion users active on Internet, ICT now more affordable

ABOUT 2.7 billion people, almost 40 per cent of the world’s populations across the seven continents of Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, Australia and Antarctica are now on the Internet. Today, the world has about seven billion people, with two/third of the population now with mobile phones, according to World Bank statistics. Indeed, […]

Sophia Bekele: An Ethiopian woman fighting for .africa, a new generic Top-Level Domain

Sophia Bekele: A lone voice crying in the African wilderness and fighting for the delegation of the .africa (pronounced ‘DotAfrica’) new generic Top-Level Domain. Here are some of the highlights of Ms. Bekele from the coverage by theReporter She has been on various forums discussing and presenting on the DNS Industry and its benefits to […]