BNA on Internet transition by US Ambassador Sepulveda and US DoC Assistant Secretary Strickling

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Celebrating and Protecting the Global Internet By Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State & Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce   The U.S. government, working through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), has played a critical role in the stewardship of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).  But now is the time to transition that role, based on the success and maturation of the multistakeholder…

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Corporate Governance and International Policy expert Sophia Bekele shares her view on the future of online Security in Africa

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Source: CIO East Africa The AU’s Convention on the Establishment of a Credible Legal Framework for Cyber Security in Africa (AUCC) has been the focus of debate recently. DotConnectAfrica was among the first organizations to comment and highlight several issues on the draft legislation In view of this and to further shed light on online security issues in Africa, CIO East Africa editor Mike Ouma sought the views of Ms Sophia Bekele, an international policy advisor on ICT and internet issues. Below are excerpts: As regards the state of online…

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HOW TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO IPv6 AND KEEP YOUR BUSINESS CONNECTED

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The Internet is evolving—and so should your business. So for your business to move forward and tap into the ever-expanding universe of Internet users and network-enabled devices, it’s critical that you learn how to make the transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). Sign up today for Verisign’s exclusive online IPv6 webcast and learn the critical steps your organization must take to not only make a seamless transition—but to keep your business world connected. At Verisign we help connect people and businesses to the websites that have shaped the world.…

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88mph: The VC Firm Investing In Africa’s Tech Startups

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This story was featured in Ventures Africa magazine’s February/March Edition…. A global network of experienced entrepreneurs prepare to invest the time and money required to give Africa’s most promising early stage tech companies the head start they need. VENTURES AFRICA – A small group of Cape Town-based mobile tech start-ups are next in line to take part in the 88mph programme, which has already given some of Nairobi’s mobile web businesses a major boost. Founded by Kresten Buch, 88mph is an early stage start-up fund combined with a three-month accelerator programme…

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Africa hungry for homegrown online content

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(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…

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Zodiac Prepares for Chinese New gTLDs, Announces “Chinese Advisory Services” for New gTLD Applicants

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April 02, 2013, Zodiac Holdings Limited (“Zodiac”), the largest Chinese TLD applicant, is pleased to announce that 6 of its new gTLD applications have successfully passed the Initial Evaluation. The results for八卦 (gossip) and 集团 (conglomerate) were announced on March 23, 2013 and 网店 (online shop), 商城 (mall), 我爱你 (i-love-you) and 娱乐 (entertainment) were announced on March 30, 2013. “Applications that pass Initial Evaluation may be eligible to proceed to contracting with the execution of the Registry Agreement as early as 23 April 2013.”, according to ICANN. Zodiac looks forward to…

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gTLD: The Impact of 524 Words on the Global Branding World

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ADOTAS – There are specific 542 dictionary words applied for as generic top-level domain as ICANN gTLDs at an average cost of million dollars each. What will these dictionary words achieve as cyber brands, what power will they exert on new and established brands and who will be the new winners or losers in this global race? Which dictionary words will win gold, silver or bronze medal as top level domain names?  Each one of the 542 proposed dictionary word top-level domains will be analyzed and categorized in a special…

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Samsung and Google Extending Their Reach In Africa

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As Google announces its White Space plans in the Republic of South Africa, Samsung too is extending its operations across the the continent. Apple’s investments in Africa are more limited. Who will win the race for the next emerging electronics market? Google has announced experiments that will allow it to test and commercialize unused parts of the radio spectrum. It’s particularly interesting in light of Google’s expansion of its fiber network in Kansas. Google began expanding its Africa operations a couple of years back, and translating its search engine into…

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Internet addresses coming closer to being more international

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Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The agency in charge of Internet addresses says it’s given preliminary approval for 27 new suffixes — all in Chinese, Arabic and other languages besides English. But there are some familiar names among the applicants on the initial list, among them: Verisign Amazon Wal-Mart Samsung They are the first approved out of nearly 2,000 bids submitted last year. The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers previously said it was reviewing the non-English bids first. ICANN expects additional approvals in the coming weeks. Did your…

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Facebook and Google Create Walled Gardens for Web Newcomers Overseas

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With more than half the people in the world still not online, Facebook and Google are waging a battle to make sure that Internet newcomers get their first tastes of the Web from them. Each company is persuading wireless carriers in poor countries to offer customers free or very cheap online access that is limited to stripped-down versions of the Web giants’ sites. The idea is that once these new users get some experience in a walled garden of Facebook or Google, they will want more Internet access and pay…

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