[AfrICANN-discuss] [***SPAM***] Africa and new gTLD?

Vika Mpisane vika at zadna.org.za
Mon Jun 18 14:39:01 SAST 2012

Seun, the debate about the suitability of generic domains like .university
will take a long time to subside. There are credible arguments both for &
against such gTLDs. It's possible that an association of universities may
successfully object to .university as I don't think the .university
application is from such an association/s. Of course, there may be a
challenge against a successful objection seeing the .university application
is not a community application.

In essence, those in favor of new gTLDs based their arguments on choice,
competition & consumer trust. ICANN's own premise is based on these factors.
Yet whether or not .university provides any more choice, competition & trust
to universities is not clear. Only time will tellŠ


From:  Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>
Reply-To:  <africann at afrinic.net>
Date:  Monday 18 June 2012 1:11 PM
To:  <africann at afrinic.net>
Subject:  Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] [***SPAM***] Africa and new gTLD?

On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM, McTim <dogwallah at gmail.com> wrote:
> +1
> I also like John Levine's reply about this topic on another list:
> "A reasonable interpretation of the lack of African applicants is that
> people looked at the substantial cost and dubious benefits of a vanity TLD
> and everyone who wasn't already drunk on ICANN kool-aid came to a rational
> decision that their limited funds would better be spent elsewhere. "
I think this is an application subject to approval as i am really interested
on those that finally get cleared. I see application  for extension like
university, anthem, allstate...these are very critical words that could
cause lot of segregation of the Internet, companies such as dstv, dotafrica,
mnet, etc are ok as that is a brand name, university for instance is a world
brand that should not be played with!

If finally approved i wonder how signing up for the domain will look like.
Looks like ICANN is looking for funds all the way, Since there is already
ccTLD even if the extension must be created(for reasons i currently don't
know) then let it be within the ccTLD and not at gTLD level. Which i think
is already inplace that is why we have  .university.ng(equivalent to
edu.ng), .allstate.us <http://allstate.us> (equivalent to gov.us
<http://gov.us> )  etc.....   Alhough while googling i realized that of US
is .gov and not ccTLD like Nigeria .gov.ng (it may just me alone, but it
seems some things have gone wrong in the past)

Well perhaps there are other perspective of this whole thing that i don't
yet understand but with my current understanding, these are un-neccessary

Its also interesting to note that there was one request from west Africa ;)
> -- 

> Seun Ojedeji,
> Federal University Oye-Ekiti
> web:      http://www.fuoye.edu.ng
> Mobile: +2348035233535
> alt email:  <http://goog_1872880453> seun.ojedeji at fuoye.edu.ng

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