[AfrICANN-discuss] The Independent Objector weighs in on .africa

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Fri Mar 15 04:59:03 SAST 2013

For the first time i am reading a clear and specific writeup on .Africa. We
are now closer to the end of the road where only one can pass. I hope those
that could not make it will take it in good faith  and not act like prime
minister of a country who recently lost election and calls the elected
criminals :-)

<snip> The first applicant is UniForum SA (NPC) trading as Registry.Africa,
a “not for profit company” which has been appointed by the African Union to
be the registry provider for the “.Africa” gTLD. The second applicant is
DotConnectAfrica Trust, “an independent, non-profit and non-partisan
organization”. The latter application has been subject to numerous
comments, notably regarding its lack of support from the African community.

On 14 Mar 2013 03:09, "McTim" <dogwallah at gmail.com> wrote:

> http://www.independent-objector-newgtlds.org/english-version/the-independent-objector-s-comments-on-controversial-applications/africa-general-comment/
> Some interesting bits:
> "Given that the African Union Commission, representing the large
> majority of African States, has issued an early warning, it seems
> unlikely that the applicant DotConnectAfrica Trust will meet
> requirements to pass the Geographic Names Panel review."
> .
> .
> ".As for his possibility to object on the community ground and only if
> both applications pass the review of the Geographic Names Panel and
> can’t reach an agreement, the IO was of the opinion that an objection
> against the application for a new gTLD string “.Africa” submitted by
> DotConnectAfrica Trust could be warranted."
> and not surprisingly:
> "IMPORTANT GENERAL REMARK: The applicant DotConnectAfrica Trust deemed
> it useful to put into doubt my impartiality and independence. I wish
> to make clear that my inclination not to lodge an objection to their
> application is by no means the result of what can be seen as an
> attempt to intimidate me."
> It's a good read, and the DCA and UniForum replies to his initial
> assessment are included at the bottom.
> --
> Cheers,
> McTim
> "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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