On Mission to Operate DotAfrica gTLD Serving Diverse Needs and Purposes
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DotConnectAfrica is a non profit and non partisan organization which was incorporated in Mauritius to sponsor, establish and operate a .africa Top Level Domain name registry with global recognition and regional significance dedicated to the needs of the Pan-African and African constituency.
The Mission of DotConnectAfrica
• To sponsor, establish and operate a regional internet namespace with global recognition and regional significance, dedicated to the needs of the Pan-African and African constituency.
• To reinvest surpluses in socio-technological advancement initiatives relevant to the Pan-Africa and African constituency;
• To operate under a viable not-for-profit initiative that is a technically advanced, world-class TLD registry for the Pan-Africa and African constituency
.africa is a unique opportunity for Africa to enter the domain name industry and marketplace by hosting the first gTLD registry on the continent. It's a domain that will go long way in helping bridge the digital between Africa and the rest of the world. A .africa domain will be a mark of identity that you are entering African "territory" on the cyberspace while also showing your Pan African outlook in your businesses, projects or ideas.
Millions of Africans are waiting impatiently to join the "trillion dollar marketplace" that's the internet, and with all the sensible domains having been snapped in the existing gTLDs and with many ccTLDs not fulfilling the market needs of many African internet users, a .africa TLD provides Africans a fresh start to register highly descriptive generic domains to brand their businesses, initiatives, ideas and creativity online and to reach markets beyond their countries thus facilitating intra-African ecommerce.
DotAfrica provides brands, commercial interests, NGOs, inter-governmental organizations an opportunity to express their Pan-African outlook when entering new markets/regions in the continent.
Through .africa , we will achieve a more cohesive and meaningful "african union" on the internet and show millions of Africans the true dividends of coming together and building a unified identity.
Through .africa, DotConnectAfrica seeks to bring global best practices in TLD management and domain registration and use to the African continent, and through this help boost African ccTLDs and jumpstart the DNS industry on the continent.
DotConnectAfrica delegates were among more than 1,700 people from around the world that attended the just concluded ICANN 48 International Meeting that took place in Buenos Aires Argentina from November 17, 2013 to November 21, 2013. more»
DCA was invited as a delegate to the international high-level conference that was held in Rwanda from October 28 to 31. The conference was attended by over 1,500 delegates and Seven African Heads of State including among others Presidents of Kenya, Uganda, Gabon, and Burkina Faso. more»
In the letter dated August 2, 2013 the Company asks the AU leadership to "review and investigate the role that the AU has played in directly supporting one particular bid and campaigning against another, in the .Africa internet domain and how this has come to be." more»
The AfIGF conference was organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the IGF Secretariat in cooperation with the Kenyan government among other stakeholders. more»
A delayed evaluation "pass" score for .Africa competition, as DotConnectAfrica refuses to withdraw before Accountability Hearing The fight for .africa web domain continues as ICANN evaluation scores emerge. more»
The week-long event which started on 14th July comprised of various different sessions open to individuals and representatives of the various ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy. more»
This is a complete unabridged version of the comment/questions raised by Ms. Sophia Bekele, Executive Director and CEO of DotConnectAfrica Trust, at the ICANN-47 Public Forum Meeting in Durban, Republic of South Africa on 18th July 2013. more»
The Forum is aimed at the implementation of the ICANN Africa Strategy, which was developed in 2012 by the African Internet Community. The event was organized as a partnership between AfTLD, the Internet Society, and ICANN. more»
The Initial Evaluation result for DotConnectAfrica Trust's application for the .Africa domain name string with prioritization draw number 1005 was released by the ICANN new gTLD Customer Service Centre on Thursday, 4th July 2013. more»
DotConnectAfrica Registry Services (Kenya) Ltd. ('DCA Registry Services') participated in a rigorous two-day training programme on DNSSEC that was conducted at the AFRALTI Nairobi on 11–12 June, 2013. KeNIC, the manager of the .ke ccTLD extension and organizer of the training programme, had also sent invitations to ISOC Kenya Chapter members who also participated. more»
DotConnectAfrica Trust's independent new gTLD application for the .Africa name string was directly affected by a GAC Objection Advice; and following the public notification procedure, DCA Trust was given a 21-day period to respond officially to the GAC Policy Advice pertaining to its .Africa application. more»
DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust), the contending applicant that submitted an independent bid for the .Africa new generic Top-Level Domain name, recently submitted another response to the ICANN Board of Directors to defend the GAC Objection Advice that was issued against its .Africa new gTLD application by the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) body within ICANN. more»
The DotConnectAfrica Trust delegation led by its Executive Director/CEO, Ms. Bekele participated and contributed at various sessions of the ICANN 46 International Meeting held in Beijing China from 7th - 11th April 2013. more»
The 11th Innovation Africa Digital Summit with the theme: "National Broadband Strategies and Agendas: Acceleration and Alignment" was held in Addis Ababa the capital city of Ethiopia from 19thto 21st March 2013. more»
Mr. Buruchara's has amassed an invaluable leadership experience in numerous innovation-focused governmental and private sector organizations and his extensive experience in emerging economies throughout his career, and it is hoped that he will bring this to bear positively on the work of the ICANN GAC. more»
The Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA), an initiative of DotConnectAfrica that was Unveiled at ICANN 49 Public Forum in Toronto Canada and seeking to partner with ICANN and the African Businesses in a multi-stakeholder model of IG was invited to present its ideas at the just concluded African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance meeting held at the UNECA Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6-8 March 2013. more»
DCA Registry Services and its UK Technical Partner CentralNic participated in the just ended African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance meeting held at the UNECA Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6-8 March 2013, where it played a part among other African organizations like African IGF, AfriNIC, AFTLD, ISOC Africa, and the ATU and ITU. more»
2012 was truly and eventful and memorable year. It was a year of many firsts and though Africa is recovering from the natural disasters faced in 2011 as well as leadership changes all over the world, we had some positive land marks as well. more»
DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA) in its mover to secure the .africa string in order to set up the first ever African based gTLD registry has participated in the ICANN New gTLD Prioritization Draw held in Los Angeles. Monday, December 17th. 2012. more»
The Baku IGF comes at a time when major changes are happening to the internet and telecommunications landscape. For example ICANN is currently evaluating over 1390 applications that were made during this year's new gTLD program. more»
The confirmation of this patiently-awaited development was communicated to DCA Trust by the ICANN new gTLD Customer Services Team on the eve of the ICANN-45 International Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. more»
DotConnectAfrica Trust, one of the principal applicants for the .Africa new gTLD name string and promoter of the Yes2DotAfrica Campaign, participated in the recently concluded ICANN-45 International Meeting that took place in Toronto, Ontario Canada. more»
DCA Trust has been participating in the ICANN Global Community and attending the ICANN International Meetings regularly and actively within the past few years. DCA Trust is also a new gTLD applicant, and has submitted an application for the .Africa generic Top-Level Domain. more»
The annual East African Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) event was held recently at the Jacaranda Hotel Nairobi. It was preceded by the Kenya IGF that was held at the same venue a fortnight ago. more»
ICANN 44 meetings come at a very crucial time that is preceded by the recent BIG reveal of the 1930 new gTLD applications, an opportune time for the applicants to deliberate about their applications as well as the future that is beckoning. more»
The attention of DCA Trust has been drawn to a posted news item on the AfricaInOneSpace website titled: "ICANN Agrees ... There is only one applicant for .Africa". In order to guard against the insidious effect of any mass media manipulation that the 'AfricaInOneSpace' team might already be engaging in, we wish to issue the following clarification for the avoidance of doubt regarding the string DCA Trust applied for, and to reassure the supporters of DCA's new gTLD application. more»
DCA believes that setting-up a world-class registry system infrastructure that is physically located in Africa will be an important 'criticality' to the unconditional success of the DotAfrica generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) project. more»
The recent legislation that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would enable the U.S. government bar (read 'veto') any move to put the governance and regulation of the Internet under the UN represents. more»
Delegates from all parts of the world gathered in San Jose Costa Rica. The host country in Central America, Costa Rica (which means "Rich Coast") has an interesting history having constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. more»
Sophia Bekele has been in the news if not for promoting Dot Connect Africa's bid for the Dot Africa geographical gTLD then in a controversial statement about the same. For the last 3 years she has been clear about one thing, Dot Connect Africa (DCA) is better positioned to manage the Dot Africa domain and they will put in a strong bid for the same. more»
As Executive Director of DotConnectAfrica (DCA) 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 well-wishers all over the world. more»
DotConnectAfrica Organization(DCA), which intends to manage and implement the ".africa" generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) if its application to ICANN early next year is successful, has stated that it would work closely with the continent's country code Top Level Domain registries to help enhance their uptake and use. more»
In Africa, control of the .africa domain name is at the centre of a tussle between the Africa Union Commission and outfits such as the DotConnectAfrica (DCA). The following is and interview with DCA's Executive Director, Sophia Bekele. more»
The 42nd international meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took place in Dakar, Senegal, at the Le Meridien President hotel. The meeting was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Senegal and was well-attended by government leaders and executives of ICANN, and various stakeholders. more»
DotConnectAfrica participated in the recent ICANN Public Forum organized on Thursday 27th October 2011 and used the opportunity to express its opinion on a range of issues that are of concern to the ICANN global and African publics. more»