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Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

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DCA has called for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN, following the final IRP ruling.  Here is DCA Trust's response   after the ICANN board's resolution and interpretation of the IRP report. The DCA response contained most of the points that would have addressed some of the recent developments on ICANN' reaction to the IRP ruling and public comments. Immediately after the IRP Ruling ICANN was found to have redacted most of the incriminating details, the contents of ICANN’s role in failing DCA before the Initiation evaluation. The report in summary is well detailed in this 3 series blog. John Jeffrey,  ICANN’s Counsel wrote a  Blog titled “.AFRICA IRP Declaration – Clearing Up Some Facts” , which was was meant to explain the reasons behind the redactions and reaction of public opi

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

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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

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 17 undi...

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 ov

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

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

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

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"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
Africa Union Tyranny of .africa and the African Community Circus

Africa Union Tyranny of .africa and the African Community Circus

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

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

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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 was one of the largest meetings ever. However aside from the normal attendance this was also set as a platform for the much awaited GAC advice on applications that were presented. This follows the GAC early warnings that GAC Members issued on November 20, 2012, and applicants and GAC Members have been exchanging information with the aim of reaching an understanding or agreement on concerns raised, wherever possible. GAC had issued 242 early warnings to new gTLD

DotConnectAfrica says horrified and scandalized by the Independent Objector’s statements.

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DCA says it will not accept a negative outcome of the GNP Evaluation if it were demonstrated that such an outcome has been unduly influenced by the views expressed by the ICANN Independent Objector    Even as the results of the Initial Evaluation and the outcome of the evaluation conducted by other specialized ICANN panels are being awaited, we wish to lodge an official complaint to report what we believe is a possible conspiracy of traducement and Campaign of Objection against the .Africa new gTLD application submitted by DotConnectAfrica Trust (Application ID: 1-1165-42560).  In the latest posting on their website, DotConnectAfrica have penned a new complaint to ICANN “to Report a Possible Conspiracy of Traducement & Campaign of Objection against the .Africa new gTLD Application sub