Is the Risk Real With the New gTLD Program?

It’s late in the new gTLD day and the program looks to be inching ever closer to the finish line. Yet last minute hiccups seem to be a recurring theme for this ambitious project to expand the Internet namespace far beyond the 300 odd active TLDs in existence today (counting generics and country codes). A …

NEPAD presentation of .africa history at ICANN Durban, seen as massive misrepresentation

“African government delegates were finally complaining they were coerced into ‘AU position’ and stating that they have no reason to object to DCA or a competitive bid for Africa”. DotConnectAfrica has emerged as the first firm to show interest of the project dotAfrica (.africa). . This was explicitly reported to the delegates attending the AfriSIG …

Uniforum’s Pass questioned African Union’s move; critisized for misleading ICANN

African Union Commission blamed for breaking the rules to support its preferred applicant against transparent procedures Uniforum’s pass has come out as a controversial move based on the timing and announcements of the application status. Uniforum evaluation dubbed at 307 has waited until DotConnectAfrica’s evaluation of 1005 to announce a “pass” by ICANN and DCA …

Who Are the True Multi-Stakeholders in ICANN?

During ICANN Durban, I attended the Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) 10 year anniversary celebrations.   ICANN Chairman, Dr Steve Crocker, was on hand to congratulate the ccNSO on their 10 years and revered them as the “true multi-stakeholders in ICANN”.   Post Durban, I was reviewing notes and I came across a similar …

Scam as ICANN Sponsors Members of Government (GAC)

Includes the African Batch! On 22 August 2013, the ICANN Board approved the FY14 Operating Plan and Budget.  The document describes the planned core operations and project activities, aligned with the required funding, for the 2014 fiscal year.  These funded project activities are based on ICANN’s strategic priorities as documented in the adopted three year …

African ministers seal internet deal to accelerate broadband

Ministers from six African countries have come to an agreement to accelerate broadband access across Sub-Saharan Africa. Government ministers from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia met during the weekend in Botswana to discuss general points for consideration to expand internet access across the countries. Nonofo E Molefhi, minister of transport and communication for …