[AfrICANN-discuss] Re: [bestbits] Your key ICANN issues as a user

Mwendwa Kivuva Kivuva at transworldafrica.com
Fri Jun 20 17:34:35 SAST 2014

ICANN should move beyong RHETORIC to Support the Domain Name Industry in
Underserved Regions. This talk has gone on for too long, wuth nil results.
Out of approximately 1,000 ICANN accredited domain name registrars exist,
only 7 are based and operate in Africa.
1.     Internet Solutions (IS)  based in South Africa.
2.     Kheweul.com is based in Senegal primarily targeting the francophone
region in Africa.
3.     AfriRegister based in Burundi
4.     Ghana dot com a parent of the first internet service provider of
Ghana NCS. Seems to operate primarily in Ghana.
5.     Genious Communications is based in Morocco
6.     Diamatrix also based in South
7.     Web4Africa based in Ghana

The barriers to entry as ICANN accredited registrar are beyond the reach of
many startups, forcing capital flight from the continent because end users
are forced to seek DNS services from without the continent.

Warm Regards

Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya

"There are some men who lift the age they inhabit, till all men walk on
higher ground in that lifetime." - Maxwell Anderson

On 20 June 2014 17:14, Gunela Astbrink <g.astbrink at gsa.com.au> wrote:

> Thanks for your offer, Nnenna.
> I agree - all stakeholders need to be considered. This includes people
> with disability - one billion people globally.
> The domain name industry has a great opportunity to raise awareness and
> support web accessibility (based on established international W3C
> guidelines) for people with disability. This can be done by ccTLDs as well
> as by registries and registrars when provisioning new domain names.
> Regards,
> Gunela
> Tracy F. Hackshaw @ Google said the following on 20/06/14 02:28 :
>> Awesome Nnenna!
>> ICANN needs recognize the specific needs, and respond accordingly, of
>> its stakeholders ... ALL of them ... And not only by Geographic location
>> or by "Professional" affiliation.
>> As an example ... The unique needs of and challenges faced by Small
>> Island Developing States (2014 is the UN International Year of Small
>> Island Developing States), Landlocked and Least Developed Countries
>> requires specific attention and best fit solutions.
>> One solution cannot fit all.
>> Thanks for any help you can provide to get this message out.
>> ------
>> Rgds,
>> Tracy
>> On Jun 19, 2014 1:36 PM, "Nnenna Nwakanma" <nnenna75 at gmail.com
>> <mailto:nnenna75 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     Hi there
>>     ICANN is holding its second At-Large Summit  (ATLAS) next week,
>>     during ICANN 50 in London.
>>     I will be doing a brief keynote speech "as a user".
>>     Just checking with you, from where you are, what are your key issues
>>     that you think ICANN should be made to understand?
>>     I will do what is possible to take the message along, to the measure
>>     of my ability.
>>     The ATLAS holds Tuesday.
>>     Cheers
>>     Nnenna
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