Both Refuse to Withdraw:
In what is to be the next online real estate grab, gTLD applicants at ICANN objected by GAC continue to fight for their rights.
ICANN has released the latest NGPC Action on GAC Durban Advice on New gTLDs, according to that report, the NGPC indicated it would take action on the advice concerning the .amazon string at a future meeting. Meanwhile, Amazon is not backing down from ICANN or the GAC .
DotConnectAfrica has also been reported to proceed with its bid to have .africa. In a summary analysis, The Reporter Daily provided an up to date investigative report on the status of the dotafrica (.africa) project and the complicated issues that DCA has been subjected to in its application regarding Governmental Support saying:
“A delayed evaluation “pass” score f
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 more
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 17 undi...
DotConnectAfrica’s objection application treatment at ICANN and the hands through which the application passed, makes for a very interesting governance case at ICANN. Owing to the highlighted conflict of interest cases in the past, its hard to determine how transparent and impartial it remained in determining the application's destiny.
At ICANN Board Level:
Advice that was given indirectly to Africa Union by the Board Chair: “While ICANN is not able to offer the specific relief requested in the Communiqué, the robust protections built into the New gTLD Program afford the African Union (and its individual member states), through the Government Advisory Committee, the opportunity to raise concerns that an applicant is seen as potentially sensitive or problematic, or provide direct advic
CentralNic, a registry partner with DotConnectAfrica for the ‘.africa registry’ has formally announced its plans for a September IPO on the AIM Market (“AIM”) of the London Stock Exchange.
“CentralNic is a registry service provider which supports top level domains (“TLDs” such as .la) and second level domains (“SLDs” such as .uk.com), distributing and powering domain names that end with those TLDs and SLDs, such as www.artweek.la and www.avon.uk.com
“CentralNic uses its in-house developed IT platform to provide the domain name system (“DNS”) infrastructure and distribute its own portfolio of domain names and for third party owners of TLDs and SLDs (also known as “registry operators”)
“CentralNic distributes to a global network or “registrars” (retailers such as GoDaddy and Network Solut
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 stron
Two new gTLD applicants face a similar type of response from both the GAC that gave a controversial GAC Objection Advice which claimed to have reached consensus on .africa application and .gcc. Both applicants responded ICANN concerning their applications.
DotConnectAfrica particularly addressed several important issues that ought to have been considered before the most recent report by the New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC). In their initial response, DCA said:
We totally disagree with it, and would like to repudiate and reject it in the strongest possible terms. From the outset, we would like to urge the esteemed Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers not to accept this iniquitous, tendentious and inequitable GAC Objection Advice, and to complet
“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 advi
"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 has refuted claims by the CEO of its competitor Uniforum ZACR who announced albeit prematurely that they were ready to go on with .africa.
Reacting to a statement “Now we are finally moving out of the application phase, thanks to government support, and are ready to start planning the launch and marketing of the new local domain names.” By Neil Dundas in an interview titled “New local domains see breakthrough”with ITWEB South Africa. DotConnectAfrica have
"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 1
Following the article written on Kenya’s position being ignored at GAC, the former Vice chair at GAC Ms. Alice Munyua has reportedly forwarded a 12th April 2012,a letter that was written by Kenya Minister of ICT Mr. Samuel Poghisio as defense.
However the contents of the letter that have been forwarded are essentially an extension of the various declarations on ICT in Africa that are now being used to validate the support of African
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