.AfricaThe launch of the .africa East Africa Campaign                                   1bn people,                       ...
1.  Theme for .Africa campaign2.  State of the African Internet usage3.  The vision of .africa domain4.  The need for Afri...
Official launch of the dotafrica East Africa Campaign.:.    Announce our three “ Yes” to a “.africa” campaign”.   Announci...
My passionwww.sophiabekele.com                              UNICT, UNGAID, UNECA, AU                       AITEC East Afri...
Information Society               to        Internet SocietyComputer Science is no more about computersthan astronomy is a...
OpportunitiesThe global Economy is reforming• Affordable internet, phone, pc devises, prices, CapEx Vs. OpEx,  NGN• Web 2....
A Paradigm shift - Convergence OpportunitiesInternet use has exploded globally  • more than 300% since 2000  • 1.4 million...
AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
A Common Vision Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.                                ...
aitec.africa                     paynet.africa                          mobilemoney.africa                 lagos.africasaf...
Status of TLDsThere are presently 21 gTLDs in the root zoneThere were eight that predate ICANN:   .com .edu .gov .int .mil...
Need for Africa-specific domain• Currently, Internet users in the Pan-Africa and  African region only have the option of u...
Strengthening ccTLds/Regional TLDs• Offering of second level domain names by cross  marketing of domain names such as .za....
Who is DotConnectAfrica ?The Mission•   To sponsor, establish and operate a continental    Internet namespace with global ...
Organizational StructureIs to be made up of different sponsor organizations:   • Sponsor Members   • Co-sponsor Members   ...
Interested Sponsor Members & Co-Sponsors•   African Union (AU)•   Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)•   African Developm...
Organizational Structure, cont’d.Members will make up of Board of Directors•   The BOD will be advised on policy matters b...
Governance & Representation of Community•   The governance of the .Africa Organization is to be driven thru    a multistak...
DCA Governance Structure  Key Pan                       Board of Directors   African                                      ...
Achievments to date• Introduction to Regional Key African organs, and  Governments• Endorsements by the African Union, Eco...
Our promise of putting .africaon the global digital map                   Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 – www.dotconnecta...
.africa - the first African           TLD to be sponsored at an           International European           event – Brussel...
Challenges!• Political - continental project• Adaption from existing gTlds, .com, .org    • Branding    • Cost    • Access...
Challenges!•   Other African groupings that have resisted our applications•   A substantial misrepresentation of our initi...
Why support the DCA initiative!• Early applicants to the .Africa name to ICANN• Early endorsements from the continental po...
NEXT STEPS!• Host country Identification in progress• Registry selection in progress• Awaiting for ICANN to issue the appl...
"yea" or "nayyea" or "nay" on           Internet Governance – The Policy Divide          How many participants think “.afr...
One Club Policy - Global policy                             Your African Mobile Identity                         Contact u...
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Dotafrica Presentation A I T E C 2010 Launch Of The Dotafrica Campaign Kenya

  1. 1. .AfricaThe launch of the .africa East Africa Campaign 1bn people, 54 countries, 1domain By Sophia Bekele Executive Director DotConnectAfrica Former Policy Advisor, ICANN
  2. 2. 1. Theme for .Africa campaign2. State of the African Internet usage3. The vision of .africa domain4. The need for Africa Specific Domain5. Strengthening ccTLDs –impact of .africa domain6. Who is DotConnectAfrica?7. Organizational Structure8. Governance Representation & Community9. Achievements/Challenges10. How do u get involved, aside from being a consumer?11. Next Step for you! • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  3. 3. Official launch of the dotafrica East Africa Campaign.:. Announce our three “ Yes” to a “.africa” campaign”. Announcing the progress we have made. Launch our New website. Ways to get the DCA vision at continental and global level.. Strengthen our governance structure by adding key stakeholders that has contribution power. Mobilization of African Thought Leaders. Publication of a research of the demand for ‘.africa’ name.. Road show and amplification of ”.africa” to ensure endorsement and scalability.. Raising Civil Society Awareness and submit the Manifest to public consultation.. Retreat in Mombasa March 2011, post application to ICANN. • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  4. 4. My passionwww.sophiabekele.com UNICT, UNGAID, UNECA, AU AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  5. 5. Information Society to Internet SocietyComputer Science is no more about computersthan astronomy is about telescopes. - E.W. Dijkstra AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  6. 6. OpportunitiesThe global Economy is reforming• Affordable internet, phone, pc devises, prices, CapEx Vs. OpEx, NGN• Web 2.0 (social tipping point); Viral ; Cloud computing• where one has a convergence of 70% of the planet bring universal access and democracy of information• Interesting business models and consumer reach and increase in productivity expand knowledge , creation capacity, advances In science and health. AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  7. 7. A Paradigm shift - Convergence OpportunitiesInternet use has exploded globally • more than 300% since 2000 • 1.4 million Internet users • 3.6 billion people use mobile telephony just over half of the world’s populationThis intersection– where users access theInternet from their mobilephones – maps arevolutionary digital paradigmshift AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  8. 8. AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  9. 9. A Common Vision Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  10. 10. aitec.africa paynet.africa mobilemoney.africa lagos.africasafaricom.africa tourism.africa Si.africa sunmicro.africa pesapal.africamisys.africa copycat.africa sevenseas.africa UnitedBank.africavisa.africa salamon.ug.africasafaricom.co.ke.africaCOMESA.africa ecobank.africa citibank.africa Iveri.africab Renaissancecapital.africa webtribe.africa Cybercrime.africa allafrica.africa chamberofcommerce.africa KDN.africa wildlife.africa icann.africa banking.africa eac.africa microfinance.africa cooking.africa shoes.africa Intrepid Data.africa mobicash.africaUSAID.afri gatesfoundation.afric dgi.africa.africa 2020 .africa GrameenFoundation.africa • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  11. 11. Status of TLDsThere are presently 21 gTLDs in the root zoneThere were eight that predate ICANN: .com .edu .gov .int .mil .net .org .arpaSeven were added in a round starting .aero .biz .coop .info .museum .name .pro . PostSix were added in a round starting in 2004 .asia .cat .jobs .mobi .tel .travel (soon to be added)Experience in past rounds has been factored into current new gTLDPanningccTLDs are currently allocated per reference to the ISO3166-1 list (e.g..cn for China, .gr for Greece) IDN ccTLDs being added via IDN ccTLD fast TrackProcess • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  12. 12. Need for Africa-specific domain• Currently, Internet users in the Pan-Africa and African region only have the option of utilizing a generic TLD (gTLD) whose registrants are dominated by US and European individuals and businesses, or country-code TLDs (ccTLDs) that are intended for local use• Current gTLDs also tend to focus on a vertical group (e.g. commercial entities, network providers, organizations , etc.) within the global Internet, “.Africa” will embrace a horizontal perspective with a clear brand to reach and enrich the broad global community. • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  13. 13. Strengthening ccTLds/Regional TLDs• Offering of second level domain names by cross marketing of domain names such as .za.africa; .co.ke.africa; .et.africa; ug.africa ; .ng.africa; .EAC, .COMESA• Elevation of ccTLDs to Continental and Global Identity inherent in the Africa name• Supporting goal of regional /continental integration of National countries (ccTLDs)• “Noting else in the world…not all the armies in the world …is so powerful as an idea whose time has come” and .africa is that idea & here to stay. Victor Hugo • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  14. 14. Who is DotConnectAfrica ?The Mission• To sponsor, establish and operate a continental Internet namespace with global recognition and regional significance, dedicated to the needs of the Pan-African and African Internet community.• To operate a viable and technically advanced TLD registry for the Pan-Africa and African community.• To reinvest partial surpluses in socio-technological advancement initiatives relevant to the Pan-Africa and African Internet community; and • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  15. 15. Organizational StructureIs to be made up of different sponsor organizations: • Sponsor Members • Co-sponsor Members • Businesses • Non-profit - NGOs • Other relevant community organizations in the region • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  16. 16. Interested Sponsor Members & Co-Sponsors• African Union (AU)• Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)• African Development Bank (ADB)• Other Pan-African Organizations• African Private Sector Actors• African Non-Profits• African Internet Actors• National ICT Policy organs • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  17. 17. Organizational Structure, cont’d.Members will make up of Board of Directors• The BOD will be advised on policy matters by an Advisory Council• AC will be populated by one representative from each co-Sponsor organization.• A proceeds Steering Committee (PROSCOM) will be created and appointed by the Board to oversee the allocation of surplus proceeds from registry operations. • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  18. 18. Governance & Representation of Community• The governance of the .Africa Organization is to be driven thru a multistakeholder representation and augmented by regional and international expertise.• Having direct and close involvement of many Governments, Businesses , NGO’s ensures a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the operational and policy management of a TLD registry in the Pan-Africa and Africa region.• Governance model is to be adapted from the Africa’s development policy model augmented with other geo –TLD names. The .Africa Organization intends to operate openly & transparently.• Public Policy consideration will include direct input from policy makers , therefore consulting with the AU/ECA/ADB on policy matters. • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  19. 19. DCA Governance Structure Key Pan Board of Directors African CO-SponsorSponsor Org members• AU Chairman’s• UNECA • Businesses Advisory• ADB • Internet orgs Council • IT org, • Teleco • NGO CEO • Non-profit, • Other relevant Functional VPs Africa-based Customer orgs Marketing & Admin Bus Dev Support Staff • Governments • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  20. 20. Achievments to date• Introduction to Regional Key African organs, and Governments• Endorsements by the African Union, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and 20% of African Govt• Travel Across Africa campaigning, 8 African countries since February• Established website with informative content showing progress and prototype• Established Newsletter to communicate status/activities• Established presence on social media sites, Twitter, Facebook , creating that “generation .africa”• Mailing list of 600 & growing since February 2010• Substantial Relevant African Media coverage• Official Sponsors at ICANN 38 Brussels- The 1st African TLD to sponsor International conference; EAIGF Kampala Uganda; AITEC ICT Summit Nairobi • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  21. 21. Our promise of putting .africaon the global digital map Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  22. 22. .africa - the first African TLD to be sponsored at an International European event – Brussels ICANN 38AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  23. 23. Challenges!• Political - continental project• Adaption from existing gTlds, .com, .org • Branding • Cost • Access to internet • Good Infrastructure • Capacity building/training • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  24. 24. Challenges!• Other African groupings that have resisted our applications• A substantial misrepresentation of our initiative • PRIVATE SECTOR; • U.S BASED; • not an “ICANN” establishment; • belongs to “individual” • fake endorsement s• Not being invited to relevant internet community platforms to represent ourselves properly• Blocked from posting to relevant community forums so as not to share our work• GeoPolitics of African countries, which would want host/registry in own countries• Threaten our early endorsements • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  25. 25. Why support the DCA initiative!• Early applicants to the .Africa name to ICANN• Early endorsements from the continental policy makers• Early endorsements from other stakeholders• Diaspora Africans who are committed to the continent bring transfer of knowledge & technology• Multi-stakeholder governance model – Best Practice• Non-Profit/Non-Partisan organization • (DCA is a TRUST registered in neutral country Mauritius• Open/transparent initiative - over 15 Press Releases since February 2010 disclosing our activities.• Inclusive cross marketing opportunity for ccTLDs• Support new African based gTLDs• Team committed to building “generation.africa”• Team committed to branding Africa in positive light AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org• Africa
  26. 26. NEXT STEPS!• Host country Identification in progress• Registry selection in progress• Awaiting for ICANN to issue the application of TLDs, mid March• Assemble a Working group • Develop Ideas/discuss issues • Champions in each region – • 6 regions ( EAC, COMESA, IGAD, SADC, ECOWAS, CCAS) • Hold our ongoing policy discussion • Africa AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  27. 27. "yea" or "nayyea" or "nay" on Internet Governance – The Policy Divide How many participants think “.africa” is a great idea? "yea" or "nay" AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2 010 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  28. 28. One Club Policy - Global policy Your African Mobile Identity Contact us at: Support@dotconnectafrica.orgDotConnectAfrica.org
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