[AfrICANN-discuss] It’s like that in life, there are always bad players and bad losers!

Adamou Nacer adamou.nacer at gmail.com
Sat Oct 13 19:29:19 SAST 2012

if this is the case, the conflict is clear and Mr Silber must resign 
from the ICANN's new gTLD Program Committee.
Is there an ICANN rule to avoid this kind of situation?

Le 13/10/2012 16:53, Lerato a écrit :
> You do not seem to understand what you are talking about. The fact 
> that ZADNA has endorsed UniForum's new gTLD application, and Mike 
> Silber, an ICANN Board Member from South Africa who is also a serving 
> director of South Africa's Domain Names Authority - the ZADNA; and 
> also a member of the new gTLD Program Committee of ICANN is a clear 
> Conflict of Interest situation for him since he would be expected to 
> participate in the decision-making over a new gTLD that the ZADNA has 
> endorsed, and by implication, which he has also endorsed by the mere 
> fact that he is a ZADNA director.
> --Lerato Ma
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>     *From:* "ngabo at pop.co.za" <ngabo at pop.co.za>
>     *To:* africann at afrinic.net
>     *Sent:* Saturday, October 13, 2012 2:19 AM
>     *Subject:* Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] It’s like that in life, there
>     are always bad players and bad losers!
>     On Fri, 2012-10-12 at 18:19 -0700, Lerato wrote:
>     "I'm sure the ICANN Board will check the allegations...
>     >                  If the ICANN Board checks the allegations and
>     accepts that they are true why should you favour UniForum? 
>     Irrespective of the fact that you think that the letters are so
>     cloak and dagger, and desperate, why should you condone the fact
>     that ICANN Board members that have conflicting interests are going
>     to sit down in the new gTLD Program Committee to preside over new
>     gTLD decision-making?
>     >
>     You assume that the conflict allegations are actual truth.
>     Someone told me that the Internet never forgets, now there appears
>     to be a lot of truth in that.
>     Mr. Mike Silber, "former director of UniForum SA" - I have been
>     unable to find any evidence to support this claim.
>     In my research, it looks to me that ZADNA and UniForum are
>     completely separate organisations.
>     It seems ZADNA is a creation of the South African government via
>     their Electronic Communications and Transactions Act of 2002. "In
>     18 May 2007, the Minister of Communications published a public
>     notice officially giving .za DNA the full assumption of management
>     of .za in terms of section 59 of the ECT Act)."
>     Uniforum seems to have been around much longer. I found "UniForum
>     SA (originally /usr/group/) in 1988. During 1995 UniForum SA were
>     delegated the responsibility of administrating the co.za domain
>     registry"
>     ZADNA's mandate:
>     "65.(1) The Authority must­ (a) administer and manage the .za
>     domain name space;"
>     It seems ZADNA wants a Central Registry and that is why Mr. Chris
>     Disspain company was consulted... nothing to do with the new gTLD
>     process.
>     Since then, two things appear to be happening at Uniforum, they
>     have applied for the "africa" gTLD and perhaps due to their size,
>     are becoming the "South Africa Central Registry (ZACR)". There is
>     no suggestion that one event is dependant on the other. It also
>     looks like the gTLD "africa" race started before the ZACR change.
>     ZADNA (the government rule maker) seems to be on the outside of
>     this ZACR (the actor) change - which make governance sense.
>     This didn't take long to research.
>                     ---------------------
>     When I see two parties running for the same goal and one party
>     starts throwing mud at the other - I tend to support the other. Go
>     read the subject line...
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