[AfrICANN-discuss] AfriNIC embraces Internet challenges in Africa

McTim dogwallah at gmail.com
Tue Feb 9 08:38:44 SAST 2010

HI Richard,

On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 8:51 AM, Richard Omolo <richard.omolo at gmail.com> wrote:
> @SM, to add an ounce of thought to your lines, may I add that hosting and
> management of sites 'outside the region' is still pegged to the 'importation
> culture' we embrace as a 'developing economy'; most of our techies have an
> invested background owing to 'imported knowledge' and thus the magnetism is
> telling. It is still the trust problem as put clearly by Adiel [CEO,
> Afrinic].

I have a different perspective on this.  The main issues, to me, are
cost and legacy.  For example, I got my hotmail address so long ago
that I can't remember when exactly it was (~early to mid 1990's).  I
got my gmail address ~2003.  Neither of these cost me anything to use,
I have no incentive to switch to a .ug or .ke domain.

 I operate from an academic network and believe me even experts
> still announce on 'imported domains'.

and there is nothing wrong with that....government staff are obviously
a different story.  The transnational nature of the Internet means
that consumers find the best services for their needs. Geography is
unimportant in this equation.

> @McTim, to my understanding, posting by Becky is based on reporting excerpt
> loaded by Anne on Adiel's excellent job.

I'm not sure I am understanding what you mean.  The original piece
seems to be here:

ARI just posted a link to a news service where the story also
appeared.  My complaint was with the editorializing, not the


"A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A
route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

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