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04 April 2015      Internet industry updates, policy trends, tips, and news on Africa...   







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"No Legal Basis for IANA Transition": A Post-Mortem Analysis of Senate Committee Hearing 



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From fire detectors to SMS fundraisers: meet Africa's top 10 innovators of 2015 

The African Innovation Foundation has just named the continent's top 10 entrepreneurs through its annual Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA).   [ Full Read....]
Why You Should Ge t in on Africa's Mobile Revolution N ow

Africa is now the world's second largest mobile phone market and is setting the worldwide pace for mobile-based product innovation. The fastest-growing African companies tend to operate in the information and communications technology space..  [Read more]
#AfricaDay: Celebrate the Continent of Digital Opportunity

DotConnectAfrica joins the Africa people and the world at large to celebrate Africa Day, an annual commemoration of the 1963 founding Fathers of Africa [Read more]
 What is up at DCA?
Miss.Africa announces 2015 Seed Funding Tech Initiative for women in Africa

Miss.Africa Initiative led by DCA Academy, is announcing a Seed Fund in Africa that will a small grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase their digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles.


To apply, please follow the instructions in the link below and send an Expression of Interest  (EOI) to the email

: [Read more]   

Un fonds pour impliquer davantage de femmes dans les TIC [Miss.Africa Seed Fund on SCIDEV magazine: A fund to involve more women in ICT]

Un fonds de 5000 dollars (un peu plus de 2,5 millions de FCFA) est disponible pour encourager les femmes et les jeunes filles africaines ? s'int?resser aux sciences, ? la technologie, ? l'ing?nierie et aux math?matiques (STEM). [Plus d'infos] 
Miss.Africa program Success Report
Bernice Wangu
The Miss.Africa Program continues to promote success in our industry.  Amongst recent of our interns, Bernice Wangu who successfully completed the program is now a Content Editor at Mzoori

Our outgoing Miss.Africa Intern Miss
Linda Ayodi 
Linda Ayodi, has also completed her program, and is returning to campus to complete her undergraduate.

Miss.Africa continuously admits new interns


Congressman G. K. Butterfield,  Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at the Tech 2020 launch
DotConnectAfrica Trust joined, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at the launch of CBC TECH 2020 , a new initiative aimed at engaging the tech sector in increasing African-American representation and inclusion in the industry [More]


DCA Members, Seen and Heard 

Mike Macharia CEO Seven Sea Technologies outlines Kenya's roadmap to strategic ICT Innovation: Bridging the ICT Divide. 
Michael Macharia has been cover featured in the latest internationally renown Management Magazine.  He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and true entrepreneur founded Seven Seas Technology Group at the age of 25 and has steered the Group as founder and CEO to what it is today through innovation, vision, commitment and passion [More]

Harry Hare

Harry Hare - DotConnectAfrica
DEMO Africa: We expect these numbers to go up again this year which is extremely encouraging as it clearly shows that more and more African entrepreneurs are getting enthusiastic about being part of Africa's entrepreneurship revolution." [More]

Salim Amin: Africa24 Media hosted the Mohamed Amin Africa Media Awards (MAAMAs) to celebrate the best of Africa's TV content. The Awards, named after the legendary videographer and photographer, Mo Ami n[More] 


  Phil Corwin -DotConnectAfrica  
Philip Corwin, founder of Virtualaw LLC in Washington and testified ............. where...on behalf of domain industry trade group Internet Commerce Association. See Statement   here



DCA Founder and CEO presented a motivating and catalyzing keynote speech at the UC Berkeley HaaS School of Business which discussed the effects of embracing the mobile technology in all the platforms,because everything is gravitating towards the mobile devices [More]
Condolence Message for Ms. Anitha Soni and Family

DotConnectAfrica Trust joins the family and friends to mourn the loss of one of our friends and biggest supporter, a beautiful soul, full of life and brilliance, Ms. Anitha Soni.


Anitha Soni, was instrumental in the rebranding of South Africa and, as chairwoman of Brand South Africa, consolidated efforts to reform South Africa's image domestically and internationally.


We will never forget the image of her gentle and bright face. May God give her eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain. [more] 

DCA local Activities Updates:
  • DotCOnnectAfrica Comments on the African Union Declaration on Internet Governance
  • DotConnectAfrica attends the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Launch of #CBCTECH2020, at Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE -- Montpelier Room, Washington, DC  20540
  • Founder of DCA Trust was invited to deliver a Keynote speech at the ELearning Conference in Addis Ababa Ethiopia in May 20-22 2015, event is co-organised by the African Union and hosted by the Government of Ethiopia, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology at the Africa Union Head Quarters.
  • DCA delegates attended the Discussion on Freedom of Expression in the Digital Context organized by the Article19 at the Nailab on April 14 2015
  • DCA attended the Breakfast Launch of the MSc in Information Systems Security Course in Strathmore University on March 17th 2015
  • DCA Participated in the ICT Innovation Forum & Expo at KICC Nairobi. The forum was a thought leadership and decision making forum, that brought  together top echelons of decisions makers in the innovation ecosystem. [more]  
ICANN Brief -  FOCUS on IANA Transition 

House votes to defund Internet giveaway-again  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced an amendment that will prevent the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using settlements to funnel money to third-party groups. The amendment passed by voice vote. [more]

Congress to ICANN: Approve .Amazon as proof of accountability, before IANA Transition.
"ICANN can demonstrate to Congress that it is accountable to the global community, independent of governmental interference, and respectful of international trademark law; such a demonstration is crucial before the IANA functions transition." U.S. House of Representatives Votes 'YES 'Once Again to Deny IANA Transition Funds [more]

#SubCommTech Votes on Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the Future of the Internet

The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today announced that it will vote on H.R. 805, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters Act.[more]

ICANN GAC new gTLD interference gets fresh Congressional attention 
The ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) articulation and handling of several new top level domains has received under the ICANN new gTLD release has received a new critical but worrisome analysis from the US congressional Committees [more]