Group mentality and ICANN GAC Advice: Another case of African misdirected and treacherous destiny

. Is Africa falling to another trap of group mentality and uninformed choices? Traditionally nations and especially when taken as continents have been known to take collective decisions. Just recently in the WCIT Dubai, there was mass failure of the delegates to agree on a treaty that had been crafted to replace the existing International …

Blueprints for ICT Success: IESC Namibia

Recently Namibia embarked on an exciting initiative to equip schools with education technology based on the Intel Learning Series. I was lucky to be selected to lead an Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) team to support the Ministry of Education by providing additional teacher and technical resources for two of the first 23 schools to …

2012: A Year in Review, End of Year Message from DotConnectAfrica

“As Executive Director of DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust) and spearhead of the Yes2DotAfrica Campaign, it gives me great pleasure to send this end of year message at Christmas to our entire Pan-African constituency and global community of supporters and well-wishers all over the world.” —Sophia Bekele 2012 was truly and eventful and memorable year. It …

African Internet Exchange project scales to Localize Traffic

Eight African countries have begun setting up Internet exchange points as part of an ambitious project by the Internet Society and the African Union Commission, aimed at improving interconnectivity between countries and reducing connectivity costs. Africa has been plagued by high Internet costs because most of the exchange points are in Europe. Several finer optic …

DotConnectAfrica receives 17 GAC Early Warnings – Who is intruding in Who’s .africa?

ICANN has posted 242 early warnings thought the governmental advisory group GAC. These warnings were lodged by organizations interested in the new gTLD applications. .. Africa which has 17 new gTLD applications coincidentally has 17 early warnings on the .africa application with 16 from different countries and one from the newest member of the GAC, …

Dr. Bitange Ndemo the Kenyan ICT Permanent Secretary leads an IT revolution

A recent article I read by LosAngeles times, California USA, celebrated PS Ndemo’s  achievements in Internet Revolution in Africa:  “Since Bitange Ndemo got Kenya hooked up to high-speed Internet, there has been no stopping his cyber-progress. A ‘Silicon Savannah’ is now flourishing” Kenya is known as a powerhouse in Africa for many developments in the agriculture, health, business …