Tag: IRP

.Africa IRP Panel decision over-rules unfairness in #ICANN bylaws that prevents panel from questioning ICANN Witnesses

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According to a recent update on the .Africa IRP that involves DotConnectAfrica Vs ICANN, the IRP Panel has demanded that all witnesses that are linked to the case must be available to answer the Viva Voce questions during the in-person hearing slated for May. Find more from the detailed coverage below ICANN Must Produce Witnesses, insists DCA vs ICANN .africa Tribunal ICANN wants the .africa Tribunal to Accept Witness Statement on Face value! A new update has emerged from the ICDR-led Independent Review Process (IRP) International Tribunal that is tasked with deciding the legal dispute between DotConnectAfrica Trust and ICANN over the .Africa new gTLD name string. Tribunal’s clarification to key procedural matters on the IRP hearing The latest interim declaration is related to IRP procedu

IRP Documents Reveal African Government Endorsements were for Reserving .africa String for AU and not for AU to apply or designate an applicant for .Africa String

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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
New  procedures to govern DCA Trust Vs ICANN

New procedures to govern DCA Trust Vs ICANN

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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. Read more here DotConnectAfrica therefore 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. In a new ruling on the set of protocols called a ‘procedural order’, DotConnectAfrica have been allowed to request for documents that relate to the .africa communication from ICANN nd other parties that have related directly to the .africa, tha

.Africa is a SHE, says CEO of ICANN

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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

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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