[AfrICANN-discuss] Breaking News: DotConnectAfrica Trust Wins
Resounding Victory against ICANN in IRP Accountability
mje at posix.co.za
Mon Jul 13 15:18:17 UTC 2015
On Mon, 2015-07-13 at 14:36 +0000, Badru Ntege wrote:
> On 7/13/15, 4:29 PM, "Mark Elkins" <mje at posix.co.za> wrote:
> >The ZACR application has already passed the Geographic panel. The
> >requirement here was to have at least 60% acceptance (letters of
> >support) from the 54 African countries. As the ZACR passed - they must
> >have 60% (more like over 85% I believe). Strangely enough, DCA still
> >insists that ZACR has zero letters.... although I believe the opposite
> >to be more probable.
> >There can only be one letter from any one country.
> >It is therefore mathematically impossible for DCA to pass.
> >The DCA can only further delay the process. I believe the inevitable is
> >that ZACR will continue with the Delegation. ZACR has already signed the
> >contract with ICANN to run AFRICA.
> So it¹s just a matter of going through the process unless DCA suggests
> that the governments were coerced to give the letters of support.
That should be unlightly...
At an African Ministerial conference (Oliver Tambo meeting - next to OR
Tambo - Johannesburg International Airport) - The Ministers of Africa
agreed that it would be good to have "AFRICA" as a gTLD... for Africa.
That they would empower the African Union to manage this process...
The African Union consequently went out to tender on this....
The ZACR won this AU tender...
DCA refused to join the tender process...
... so I'm not sure which African governments would be coerced.. as they
collectively agreed upon this to begin with. Even Morocco (not an AU
Member) has agreed in writing to ZACR managing "AFRICA".
ie - this is what African Governments agreed to and the path they
elected to pursue.
> I think the court victory if that is what it can be called seems to be the
> best that can happen for DCA. The process should continue to its eventual
> end which seems to favor ZACR.
> #WE NEED our .africa
The worse though, is the damage to ICANN's reputation, the GAC and
potentially the IANA Transition.
Mark James ELKINS - Posix Systems - (South) Africa
mje at posix.co.za Tel: +27.128070590 Cell: +27.826010496
For fast, reliable, low cost Internet in ZA: https://ftth.posix.co.za
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