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04 July 2013       Internet industry updates, policy trends, tips, and news on Africa...   







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INDUSTRYIndustry Brief:  New gTLD Update

DomainsBot to Help Professionals Find .PRO Internet Addresses More Easily, RegistryPRO



TLD: WWDC Predictions, NSA Spying Rebuttal, & More, Tech Daily


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ith the ambitious, the failure of one expedient is the suggestion of another; but with the irresolute, defeat usually occasions abandonment of purpose" 

Views/Commentaries On DCA from External blogs


DotConnectAfrica Confident of Win Despite New gTLD Program Committee resolutions on .africa [more]
ICANN Conflicted Board Members made decisions on .africa [more]

DotConnectAfrica implores the ICANN Board not to consider the Mis-Advised GAC Objection:Requests its application to proceed with the ICANN process [more] 
ICANN GAC Ignores Kenya's Advice on DotConnectAfrica's .africa application [more]

GAC advice on gTLDs not binding - ICANN [more]
 Africa Brief
Kenya begins construction of 'silicon' city Konza 

Kinza City Kenya- DotConnectAfrica

Kenya's president has launched a $14.5bn (�9.1bn) project to build a new city intended to be an IT business hub and dubbed "Africa's Silicon Savannah".BBC   [Full Read....]
In a week of trips & 10 observations on Technology in Africa from Eric Schmidt of Google [Read more]
"Nairobi has emerged as a serious tech hub and may become the African leader.
A combination of relatively stable politics, the
British legal system, and a benign climate seem to attract a significant share of foreign investment. Incubators are hosting potential solutions to many problems, including connecting M-Pesa (their mobile money solution on simple phones using SMS) with payment systems for local stores. If they manage to get through the upcoming March elections without significant conflict, they will grow quickly."

Kenya's $10 billion Tech City Launched - Silicon Valley of Africa

Kenya's  $10 billion Silicon Savannah dream has finally become a dream come true true, President Kibaki commissioned the first Technology City in Africa last week before vacating office[more]


How Technology will change Africa in the next five years

It's the morning of January 1, 2018  and Africa is waking up to the New Year. Across the continent, everyone's thinking about what's changed for them over the past year and what they'd like to see in the coming year [more]
Africa hungry for homegrown online content
(CNN) -- Things have never been more exciting in Africa than they are now. The continent's rising economy and burgeoning tech space is all anyone can talk about. At a recent South by Southwest panel, "Africa or Bust! Content, Monetization, Opportunity," it was made clear that mobile and connectivity is also changing the content game.
Reportedly, around 140 million people in Africa have access to the internet, which represents about 13% of the population. That number is set to explode in the next few years. By 2020, internet penetration in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to reach 24.7%.[more]

ICANN Brief -   FOCUS on Africa
Fadi Chehade - DotConnectAfrica
Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN
-ICANN 47 International meeting to be held in Durban SouthAfrica, 14-18 July 2013 [more]

-  ICANN Africa - Pre Durban
The Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum will be held on 12 - 13 July 2013 in Durban, South Africa.[more]

-ICANN begins implementing Africa strategy: The Istanbul office will have an IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) liaison, who will be African and will understand African issues. Many African countries are still struggling with management of country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs).[more]

Africa Strategy in Addis Ababa
In fulfilling its role as a global Internet body working for the public interest, ICANN has embarked on regional engagement plans in a number of developing countries  [more]

-25 Registrars: ICANN CEO Promises to increase the number of ICANN accredited registrars to 25 in Africa.[more]

-IBCA: The Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA) was discussed at the Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Conference at UNECA Center in Addis Ababa.[more]
-CentralNic and AfNic participation:  Representatives of from CentralNIC and AfNIC were happy to speak to the various ccTLD registry delegates and noted their achievements as well as challenges in upgrading their DNS business. [more]
 What is up at DCA?
DotConnectAfrica Congratulates the new President of Kenya, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta [more]
DotConnectAfrica Participates at the ICANN 46 International Meeting in Beijing, China [more] 


DCA Members, Seen and Heard 

 DCA's Recent Commentaries 



- Kicktnet response to dotafrica Reserve name policy Discussions


-New Local Domain Name 

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Justine Chinyata

Chinyanta, Founder & Chairman, Loita Group , South Africa Speaks at the Africa Global Business Forum 2013Dubai, on Doing Business in Africa.


Chima Onyekwere,

DotConnectAfrica-Chima Onyekwere

Chairman of IXPN Board and Member of IXPN Board, organizes  AfPIF 2013 to refocus national and regional IXP growth issues. 



Sophia Bekele at Yale University USA Sophia Bekele, Founder of DCA speaks at Yale University, USA on "Re-imagining Africa: a closer look at Autonomy, Identity and Perspective.
NewAfrican May 2013 Collectors Issue

Also in the May 2013 issue of NewAfrican Magazine UK. Bekele was named one of 50 Trailblazers under 50, 
Made in Africa....>>>
Harry Hare - DotConnectAfrica Harry Hare, Executive Producer, DEMO Africa, organizes second annual DEMO Africa event to be held on 24-25 October 2013  in Nairobi. [more]

Mike Macharia -DotConnectAfrica

Mike Macharia, Group CEO, Seven Seas Technologies, speaks to Meet the Boss, a
How we made it in Africa interview series with business leaders across the continent [more]


DCA local Activities Updates:  

DCA .africa Application Status: DotConnectAfrica Trust Prioritization Draw