[AfrICANN-discuss] Breaking News: DotConnectAfrica Trust Wins Resounding Victory against ICANN in IRP Accountability

Victor Ndonnang ndonnang at nvconsulting.biz
Mon Jul 13 16:28:59 UTC 2015

+1 Mark,
This is definitely an important damage to ICANN/GAC-Advice governance model and reinforce the USA's requirement of less governments intervention in ICANN post IANA-transition.

ICANN should have left the DCA's application follow the entire review process and fail/pass without the intervention of the GAC-Advice and others. The GAC has to learn from this and improve its way of producing advice. 

Thanks to DCA for reminding to ICANN's GAC and Board that every ICANN's decision should always be taken in strict respect of its bylaws/policies and not to please any entity or government. 

Good luck to the .africa moving forward. And a reminder to the challengers (DCA and ZACR)...Africans want .africa to be operated by Africans for Africa. I hope both of you share the same ideal despite all...
Best regards,

Victor Ndonnang
~Sent from my iPhone~

> On Jul 13, 2015, at 11:18, Mark Elkins <mje at posix.co.za> wrote:
>> 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
> Agreed.
> The worse though, is the damage to ICANN's reputation, the GAC and
> potentially the IANA Transition.
>> Regards
> -- 
> Mark James ELKINS  -  Posix Systems - (South) Africa
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