DotConnectAfrica

DotConnectAfrica

On Mission to Operate DotAfrica gTLD Serving Diverse Needs and Purposes
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About

DotConnectAfrica Trust is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organization that is based in Port Louis, Mauritius (Reg ID. CT8710DCA90) with its registry operations located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Its main charitable objects are: (a) for the advancement of education in information technology to the African society; and (b) in connection with (a) to provide the African society with a continental Internet domain name to have access to Internet services for the people of Africa as a purpose beneficial to the public in general.

DotConnectAfrica, through its affiliate DCA Registry Services Ltd., intends to channel surplus resources gained from the .Africa registry operation to sponsor foundations that will cater to various charitable projects including the already launched miss.africa and generation.africa, as well as capacity building for African ccTLDs, with the general objective of improving the African Internet and business landscape.

Company Updates

DotConnectAfrica Delegates Attend the Kenya Internet Governance Forum

The annual forum focused on ICT Synergy and sessions discussing policies enabling access such as improving cost and quality of internet services, Net Neutrality, Cyber security, DNSSEC which has become a major factor in utilizing ICT services. more»

Sophia Bekele Weighs in on Obama's August US-Africa Leader Summit at the NYF Africa

The forum focused on transformation: unlocking the competitiveness of the African economy through building value chains around the transformation of the continent's natural resources, including its human capital. In knowledge economies, such as those in the western world, education is the foundation of economic competitiveness and global prosperity - and is inseparable from the development of human capital. more»

DotConnectAfrica's Expert Selected to Attend the Hague Institute of Global Justice

The Hague Institute for Global Justice invited together renowned academics and practitioners from representing four sectors (government, civil society, the private sector and international organizations) and a range of countries to discuss critical challenges in and policy recommendations for the global governance of cyberspace in a successful three-day conference on the future of cyber governance, seeks to generate innovative, multi-stakeholder solutions to pressing governance challenges. more»

DotConnectAfrica Delegates Attend the KHRC Internet & Human Rights Breakfast Roundtable in Nairobi

This is the second meeting held by Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) in partnership with other civil society organizations and stakeholders. more»

DotConnectAfrica's Executive Director Sophia Bekele Keynote Remarks for the ITU's Girl's ICT Day

Sophia Bekele the DCA Executive Director was invited to give a Key Note speech at the annual Girl's ICT day on 24th April 2014 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU). more»

Internet Business Council for Africa Participates at the EU-Africa 2014 Business Forum, Brussels

Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA) delegates attended the EU-Africa 2014 Business Forum today at a crucial time in the relations between Europe and Africa. more»

DotConnectAfrica Statement Regarding NTIA's Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Function

The NTIA's responsibility includes the procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root zone file - the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains - as well as serving as the historic steward of the DNS. more»

Staying in the ARENA

Before the end of the first month of inaugurating yet another new year, I thought I will say few words on what to look forward to at DCA and beyond and why my message is about staying in the ARENA more»

DotConnectAfrica Trust Takes Its Case With ICANN to Independent Review Process (IRP) Panel

On Jan. 10, 2014, DCA Trust submitted an Amended Notice of Independent Review Process ("IRP") to the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). DCA Trust sent its Notice of IRP in October 2013. more»

2013: A Year in Review, End of Year Message from DotConnectAfrica

As 2013 draws to a close it is worth looking back at where we have been and consider what 2014 will bring. As usual for DCA, it has been a year of intense activity to ensure that our promise to Africa stands. more»

DotConnectAfrica Trust Attends ICANN 48 International Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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»

DotConnectAfrica Attends Transform Africa 2013 Summit in Rwanda

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»

DCA Trust Raises Ethical Questions, Writes to Newly Elected African Union Leaders on .africa Debacle

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»

DCA Registry Services Kenya Participates in 2nd African IGF - Updates its .africa Bid

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»

DotConnectAfrica Refuses to Withdraw its Application for .Africa before Accountability Hearing

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»

DotConnectAfrica Trust Attends the ICANN-47 International Meeting In Durban South Africa

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»

Comments and Questions by DCA Trust on .Africa at the ICANN-47 Public Forum, Durban SA

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»

DCA Registry Services Contribute to Second Africa DNS Forum, Durban, SA

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»

Update on Initial Evaluation Result for .Africa Application

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 Participates in ICANN DNSSEC Training at AFRALTI Nairobi

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 gTLD Application Update and Current Engagements with the U.S.Congress

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 Responds to ICANN GAC Objection Advice on Its .Africa Application

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»

DotConnectAfrica Participates at the ICANN 46 International Meeting in Beijing, China

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»

DotConnectAfrica Clarified Its .africa Bid at the Innovation Africa Digital Summit in Addis Ababa

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»

Sammy Buruchara, Former Chairman of DCA Appointed as the Kenyan GAC Advisor to ICANN

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»

IBCA Called for Inclusion of African Businesses at ICANN Africa Strategy Meeting in Addis Abeba

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 Participates in ICANN Africa Strategy Meeting, Addis Ababa

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

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 Participates in ICANN Lottery Draw Ranking 1005 for .africa - A Historic Milestone

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»

DotConnectAfrica E-Participates at the Baku IGF 2012 - Contributes to ITU Changes

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»

ICANN Approves the Change Request Made by DotConnectAfrica Trust for Its .Africa

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 Participates in ICANN-45 Toronto, Unveils New IBCA Initiative at ICANN Public Forum

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»

Comments by DCA TRUST on ICANN Multi-Stakeholder Model and DCA's Contribution to ICANN Africa

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»

DotConnectAfrica Clarifies Its .africa Bid at EAIGF

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»

DotConnectAfrica Reports Successful ICANN 44 at Prague, Czech Republic

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»

DCA Trust and UniForum SA Have Both Applied for the Same 'Africa' Geographic Name String

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 Announces the Establishment of a World-Class Registry System Infrastructure in Nairobi, Kenya

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»

Internet Governance Update: Battle Royale Is Here

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»

DotConnectAfrica Participates at ICANN 43 In Costa Rica, the "Rich Coast"

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»

"Governments have a role in gTLDs but…" Warns Sophia Bekele

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»

2011: A Year in Review, from the Yes2DotAfrica Campaign

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 Expresses Commitment to Work with African ccTLDs

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»

An Interview with DotConnectAfrica's Executive Director, Sophia Bekele

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»

Yes2dotAfrica Campaign Triumphs at ICANN-42 Meeting in Dakar Senegal

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 Executive Briefing Note at the ICANN-42 Public Forum Meeting at Dakar, Senegal

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»

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