DotConnectAfrica (DCA) is an independent non-profit, non-partisan organisation that was founded in 2006. The organization was incorporated in Mauritius to sponsor, establish and operate the proposed new Top Level Domain (TLD) ".africa".DotConnectAfrica has its base of operations in Nairobi, Kenya and headquarters in Port Louis, Mauritius. On April 11, 2013 ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee said that the .africa bid filed by DotConnectAfrica should be rejected. This was a full consensus objection.
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  • Judge hands DotConnectAfrica another bizarre win

    … A California judge just handed ICANN another upset in the interminable legal battle waged against it by unsuccessful .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica. Gary Klausner yesterday admitted he made a mistake when he earlier slapped ICANN with a preliminary injunction preventing .africa being delegated to DCA rival ZA Central Registry, but said his…

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  • Judge throws out DotConnectAfrica’s case against ZACR

    … South African registry ZACR did not engage in a fraudulent conspiracy with ICANN to get its .africa gTLD application approved, a court ruled yesterday. The California judge in the case of DotConnectAfrica vs ICANN and ZACR threw out all of DCA’s claims against ZACR, approving ZACR’s motion to dismiss. The judge said DCA had failed to make…

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  • ZACR wades into .africa lawsuit, tells judge he screwed up

    …. ZACR is now named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which originally only named ICANN and unidentified parties. ICANN has dropped its motion to dismiss the case and last week filed its answer (pdf) to DCA’s complaint, in which it denies any wrongdoing. ICANN appears to be happy to let the judge’s mistake slide, or at least to allow ZACR to burden the risk of potentially pissing him off by highlighting his error. Tweet Tagged: africa, dotconnectafrica, ICANN, lawsuit, new gTLDs, zacr …

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  • It’s open season on ICANN as judge rules new gTLD applicants CAN sue

    … DotConnectAfrica has won a California court ruling that will allow it to continue suing ICANN over its twice-rejected .africa gTLD application. District judge Gary Klausner ruled yesterday that the litigation waiver all applicants had to sign when they applied may be unenforceable. “The Court finds substantial questions as to the Release…

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  • US judge freezes .africa gTLD

    … A US court has blocked ICANN from delegating the .africa gTLD for at least another month. At the request of failed .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica, a California judge handed ICANN a temporary restraining order, enjoining it from “issuing” .africa. The ruling came two days after the ICANN board of directors voted to allow .africa…

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  • DCA fails .africa evaluation

    …”. Oddly, and possibly incorrectly, this status cites the GAC advice as the reason for the failure, rather than the fact that DCA failed its evaluation. Per ICANN practice, no application is truly dead until the applicant withdraws. Related posts: Read that controversial .africa letter Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators ICANN finally publishes THAT .africa letter, makes me look like an idiot …

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  • DCA sues ICANN for fraud, demands cash

    … New gTLD applicants may have signed away all their rights to sue ICANN, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for loose-cannon .dotafrica .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica. The company has filed suit in California, trying to kill off rival ZACR’s application as “fraudulent” and demanding a load of cash from ICANN. The suit was filed January 20…

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  • Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators

    … The African Union and a United Nations commission have formally told ICANN that they don’t support DotConnectAfrica’s bid for .africa. When it comes to showing governmental support, a necessity under ICANN’s rules for a geographic gTLD applications, the UN Economic Commission for Africa was DCA’s only prayer. Company CEO Sophia Bekele had…

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  • More dirty tricks questions raised in .africa saga

    … DotConnectAfrica leaned on a former employee and used suspected astroturf in an unsuccessful attempt to have the Kenyan government support its .africa bid, newly published documents reveal. Evidence to the .africa Independent Review Process case published for the first time by ICANN Monday night shows how DCA CEO Sophia Bekele attempted…

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  • ICANN finally publishes THAT .africa letter, makes me look like an idiot

    … to claims by rival .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica that ICANN treated ZACR preferentially during the evaluation of both applications. It was drafted by ICANN staffer Trang Nguyen around June 25, 2013, and sent to ZACR. It was then edited by ZACR and the AUC, signed by the AUC, and returned to ICANN, whereupon it was forwarded to the new gTLD’s…

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  • ICANN will post more uncensored .africa info

    … exhibits showing exactly what ICANN did to oil the gears for ZACR’s application. Due to Kieren McCarthy’s articles at The Register and ICANN’s subsequent admissions, we know that ICANN staff drafted a letter that the African Union Commission could use to express its support for ZACR in the correct format. However, the IRP exhibits that would give…

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  • uses .africa precedent to challenge .hotels ruling

    … questions about whether the String Similarity Review rules were consistent with the Bylaws, but said that the time to challenge such rules had “long since passed”. In both cases, ICANN followed the rules. Where the two panels declarations diverge is on whether you can win an IRP challenging the implementation of those rules — for DotConnectAfrica…

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