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

Victor Ndonnang ndonnang at isoc-cameroon.org
Fri Jun 20 23:39:10 SAST 2014

+1 Mwendwa,


I made the same constant during the first African DNS Forum last year in
South Africa. The “one size fits all” ICANN RAA needs improvements and takes
into account others regions economic and legal environments. This is not
only a business issue; It has an impact on end users too. The domain name is
a foundation of the online presence; making domain name access easy and
affordable to end users supports the development of local Internet content
and services. Underserved or developing regions Internet end users have the
right to easily choose between a ccTLD or gTLD domain name for their online


Hope Nnenna’s voice will accelerate the change process already initiated by
ICANN with the publication of this report:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-05-14-en .

Wishing you the best.




De : africann-bounces at afrinic.net [mailto:africann-bounces at afrinic.net] De
la part de Mwendwa Kivuva
Envoyé : Friday, June 20, 2014 11:35 AM
À : Gunela Astbrink
Cc : Discussion List on African Internet Governance Forum;
bestbits at lists.bestbits.net> members; africann at afrinic.net; Nnenna
Nwakanma; AfriCS-IG; Governance; Tracy F. Hackshaw @ Google
Objet : [AfrICANN-discuss] Re: [bestbits] Your key ICANN issues as a user


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.


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.



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.



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