DCA Registry Services makes its voice heard at the ICANN Africa Strategy Addis Ababa

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PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 10, 2013 – DCA Registry Services and its UK Technical Partner CentralNic participated in the just ended African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance (http://www.africanncommunity.org/ index.php/component/rseventspro/event/1) 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. source

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Is .com the 212 area code of domains? Experts say alternative suffixes are for cyber-squatters

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The World Wide Web is getting wider with the addition of new top-level domains this year, but experts say businesses and marketers may find that grabbing new options won’t do much good. The .com ending for Internet addresses still rules. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as Icann, the nonprofit that oversees domain-name systems, plans to introduce more extensions in mid-2013. source

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African Union Cybersquatting a Continental Top Level Domain “.africa”

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Africa has made the news once again, in the technology sector and as the most attractive continent in the world in terms of technology and business. It’s clearly the next emerging market with top tech and blue chip firms jostling to set up regional head quarters. In the technology frontier and especially the internet and domain related businesses, Africa is smack in the center of a simmering row between two organizations that are applying to get the go ahead from ICANN to set up and manage the African registry under…

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US-Congress receives request from DotConnectAfrica for a new gTLD Ombudsman to investigate and report on the existing illegality and irregularities on .africa

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The new ICANN gTLD process has received quite unlikely request from an applicant for .africa string DotConnectAfrica which is headquartered in Mauritius, but has a strong base of representation in Kenya, Addis Ababa, California and the United Kingdom. DotConnectAfrica has applied to set up the registry in the Kenyan capital should ICANN delegate it to the applicant. source

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Group mentality and ICANN GAC Advice: Another case of African misdirected and treacherous destiny

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Is Africa falling to another trap of group mentality and uninformed choices? Traditionally nations and especially when taken as continents have been known to take collective decisions. Just recently in the WCIT Dubai, there was mass failure of the delegates to agree on a treaty that had been crafted to replace the existing International Telecommunications Regulations that last so any substantive amendments in the 80’s. source

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ICANN approves Internet domain expansion in 2013

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Hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival “.com” should be available for people and businesses to use by the end of the year, the head of an Internet oversight agency said Monday. The initial ones, expected in mid-2013, will likely be in Chinese and other languages besides English, said Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. source

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DotConnectAfrica writes 4th letter to ICANN, calling ICANN Ombudsman’s conclusion “Convenient’ and ‘No Brainer’

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DotConnectAfrica has taken a swipe at the delay of ICANN to check into the detailed issues of the conflict of interest,  and has made apparent its impatience in the pace at which ICANN is dealing with its whistle blowing, in its 4th letter to ICANN dated January 31st, 2013 “However, we write to express our lack of dissatisfaction with the report of the Ombudsman to the extent that no recommendation was made by the Ombudsman regarding any future Conflict of Interests” and continued that “In our estimation, this remains a…

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ICANN publishes the new gTLD contention sets identified by the string similarity review

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ICANN has published the contention sets identified by the string similarity review for applications submitted as part of the new gTLD Program. The full list of contention sets are posted here: PDF [162 KB], CSV [65 KB] or from the Applicants’ Corner page on the new gTLD microsite.  source

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The Next Steps for U.S. Internet Regulation

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Brookings, the D.C.-based think tank, just published The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century, the last word to date on Internet regulation written by telecom experts Robert Litan and Hal Singer. If you’re interested in the subject, this is a must-read. For those of you who lack time or attention span to delve deeply, fret not: Litan and Singer wrap up the issues in less than 100 pages. source

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Fallout From Contention Sets: .Law/.Lawyer; .Hotel/.Hotels; .Car/.Cars & Many More

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Now that ICANN has stuck to its guns and only placed 4 new gTLD’s strings that look confusingly similar into contention sets, rather than those that sound identical, such as .inc and .ink or those that have the same meaning like .Law and .Lawyer or those that are singular and plurals of the same word, we now know what we will get when the new gTLD’s roll out and in part its going to be a very a tough marketing road for some of the strings. source

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