The Accountability Issue 

October, 2015

From the Editor

I am almost certain that you hear the phrase #accountability and #transparency quite often, and especially now that the systems and organizations gear more toward efficiency and ethics.

'Accountability' remains to be one trending word globally, looking at recent accountability meltdowns at FIFA, Volkswagen, Carnegie Hall board, ICANN, WIPO.

Close to home, #DCATrust became the prevailing party in July 10 2015 after the IRP Panel ruling that concluded over a year and a half of review, on the .Africa domain application. The Panel ruled that #ICANN had indeed erred it not following its own bylaws.  This also occurs at a time time when the multistakeholder community at ICANN is looking to create a model that will fit into the specification of the NTIA in order to test if ICANN could become and independent organization, but will that happen?

Accountability is an integral part of governance, on the African perspective, the 2015 Ibrahim Governance paints a gloomy picture, is Africa Rising?

On Africa rising, we are looking at boosting a winning STEM program in Africa, Apply for the Miss.Africa 2015 Seed Funding Tech Initiative for women in Africa

As everyone tries to find the meaning of accountability, ask yourself are you for or against?

Thomas Kamanzi, Newsletter Editor
What is up at DCA? 

DotConnectAfrica Trust Wins Resounding Victory against ICANN in IRP Accountability  

July 10, 2015:   In a landmark decision, an Independent Review Process (IRP), at the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) has ruled that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has violated its Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, following an expert determination of an IRP suit that was filed by DotConnectAfrica Trust in October 2013 to challenge an ICANN Board decision at the American Arbitration Association (AAA), New York, USA. [read more]

Media Coverage of the DCA Vs ICANN IRP win
Get more internet reports DCA vs ICANN IRP here; 
Bekele with Dean of Faculty of Lincoln University
KEYNOTE: " The Market Has No Morality" Sophia Bekele speaks on Business Ethics and her recent Moral & Legal victory over the global internet governance body, ICANN 
Oakland California,Founder/CEO of DotConnectAfrica Group & CBS International, Sophia Bekele was invited to speak on the subject of Business Ethics at the School of Business, Lincoln University, Oakland California.  She was asked to share her experience and that of her organizations in IT Audits, Corporate Governance and her recent Moral & Legal victory over the global internet governance body the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).  [Read more]
DCA Staff attending to students at the career fair
Local DCA Activities:

DCA Trust attends Strathmore University-Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) Mini Career Fair 2015 Invitation
DotConnectAfrica Trust attended the Strathmore University- Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) Mini Career Fair 2015 and answered questions about initiatives to help the youth through Miss.Africa and
  • DCA Trust participates at the Kenya Internet Governance Forum
  • DCA Trust delegates attend the 3rd Africa DNS forum
Africa Focus 

Oct 5 Progress in governance across Africa has stalled since 2011, with deteriorating safety and lack of economic opportunity overshadowing any gains made on the human rights front especially in resource-rich nations, a survey said on Monday. [Read more]
The Rise Of Silicon Savannah And Africa's Tech Movement:
Nascent as it may be, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) does have a promising tech sector - a growing patchwork of entrepreneurs, startups, and innovation centers coalescing country to country [ read more ]  

Nairobi among 8 World's most innovative Cities:

8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like [ Read more]


Internet Governance Brief -  FOCUS on IANA Transition 
Activities by US Congress on IANA transition

Letter from Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) to ICANN Board to Promote accountablity in IANA Transition Talks [more]
Cruz places hold on Internet transition bill 
House Judiciary Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has placed a hold on legislation designed to increase congressional oversight of the transfer of the domain name system out of U.S. control.
U.S. Delays Giving Up Oversight of Internet Administrator ICANN
The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday delayed for at least a year its plans to give up oversight of a key component of Internet governance.

About DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Group: 
DotConnectAfrica Group makes up an integrative model of various Internet-centered digital products and services encompassing Domain Registry services, that handles Internet TLD registry and DNS businesses; new media and multimedia services as well as mobile applications along with an integrated digital social media platforms and an education platform under DCA Academy, that is managed by the organization.

The group is managed by DCA Trust, 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. 

Through its affiliate DCA Registry Services Ltd, the Trust .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 and, as well as capacity building for African ccTLDs, with the general objective of improving the African Internet and business landscape.

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