Sophia Bekele Blocked by AUC from ITU event over Dotafrica Dispute

In an ongoing controversy that involves ICANN being in favor of South Africa’s ZA Central Registry NPC as the managers of the Dot .Africa gTLD, another applicant appears to have been barred from an International Telecommunication Union(ITU) event. Sophia Bekele, an Ethiopian entrepreneur, is a business and corporate executive, an International entrepreneur, corporate governance…   …

Liberalising Internet Governance: ICANN and the role of governments

“ICANN’s mission is stewardship and operational stability, not the defence of its existence or the preservation of the status quo.” Stuart Lynn, ICANN President, Feb 2002 There has been much debate this month among internet circles about the future of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Much of this was discussed at …

The Internet is a ‘SHE’ – Sophia Bekele says at a KeyNote on ICT Girls day event by ITU

“The internet is being utilized more by women, where women are increasing their rights, representation, and participation. The social media we frequently use, today, they are more used by women than men. In this case, we have already added to the statistics. How many in this room are on Social Media?” Says Sophia Bekele Sophia …

ITU Report:By 2013, 11.7M Kms of fibre and microwave backbone transmission networks was available in 5 global regions

Trends in Telecommunication Reform Special Edition: 4th Generation Regulation The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is pleased to present this special edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform which spotlights the theme “Fourth-Generation Regulation: Driving Digital Communications Ahead”. The changes in  markets, business dynamics and consumer behaviours coupled with the rapid development …

Rwanda: DotConnectAfrica Trust raises over a million USD for its commitment to transform Africa

It’s hard to see commitment to projects especially in emerging markets like Africa. Africa has been long identified as a new frontier location for investors looking to put great  projects that mostly focus on ICT. More recently there has been an increase of the number of mega-proposals and plans to build smart cities. More than …

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 …

A digital cold war?

THE International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has always prided itself on being one of the most pragmatic organisations of the United Nations. Engineers, after all, speak a similar language, regardless where they come from. Even during the digital cold war they managed to overcome their differences and negotiate the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR), a binding global …