New revelations from the DCA vs. ICANN IRP documents that were released recently provide new details which could have serious consequences for ZACR’s application for the hotly contested .africa gTLD.
The documents include Sophia Bekele’s (DotConnectAfrica’s - DCA’s - executive director) expert testimony and the Second Memorial on the Merits by DCA's legal representatives, an international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which represents DCA in the DCA vs. ICANN IRP, on how the .Africa new gTLD application was processed.
The lack of endorsements to ZACR seem also apparent, and also details that ICANN played a big role in supporting ZACR’s application against the rules of engagement where ICANN was supposed to be a referee. The redacted document states
“ICANN not only advised
Source: CIO East Africa
The African Union’s Convention on the Establishment of a Credible Legal Framework for Cyber Security in Africa (AUCC) – which seeks to intensify the fight against cybercrime across Africa in light of rising incidences of cybercrime – has been the focus of debate recently.
In view of this and to further shed light on online security issues in Africa, CIO East Africa sought the views of Ms Sophia Bekele, an internet security expert and international policy advisor over internet and ICT. Below are excerpts:
1. As regards the state of online freedom in Africa, what are the major issues surrounding online freedom of expression in Africa? What is the best way to empower users to stay safe online while protecting their freedom of expression?
Technology-wise, Africa is
“it is important that any new Internet Expansion Initiative such as the new gTLD program be seen as an important test of mettle for ICANN, and for this organization that is under (the IANA) contract to the United States Government to deliver such a new gTLD program successfully. Any failure will be roundly seen as ICANN’s inability to demonstrate to the global community of nations that it is a competent U.S.-based institution that can handle Global Internet Governance and question why this status quo must be preserved.”
DotConnectAfrica an organization that is reputed for a 6 year composite program to set up a registry recently has written an appeal letter to the US Congress, addressing Honorable Senator John ‘Jay’ Rockefeller IV Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Com
Based on the way business proposals go, company acquisitions and eventual implementation of plans that are anticipated determine the success or failure of a project. Again the partnership involved in crafting the management and maintenance of a project greatly influences every pertinent growth or stunting of a business.
For instance most government lead projects have failed especially in Africa because people believe that it’s the per-requisite of the government to take care of the running and offloading of any losses. In the private sector, the burden of loss squarely lies on the shoulders of the investor. This is the main reason why most privately led mega-projects have tended to succeed in the due course.
The internet is one major business that has greatly influenced how the world tre
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