About 140 million Africans are now on the internet. With half of the population under age 15 and 70 percent of the population under 30, social media is becoming an important feature in the continent's development path. Teddy Ruge, lead social media strategist for the World Bank's Connect4Climate campaign and co-founder of Project Diaspora, an online platform for mobilising members of the African diaspora, calls this Africa's "renaissance of access to information".
As earlier reported, the 15 millionth .DE domain name was registered on 18 April, at precisely 12:56 CEST. Maybe the gift for 15 million domains is flowers, as the domain name to take the gong was floristennetzwerk.de, which means “florists’ network.” Every month there is an average of about 50,000 .DE domains registered as .DE cements its position as the world’s largest ccTLD, and second largest TLD overall.
Smart Internet Foundation has filed an application for a new generic top level domain, .ДЕТИ (Russian for "children"). Technical Center of Internet has aided the foundation in completing and filing an application for the domain. It is worth noting that Russian government officials have praised the idea of creating a special domain, .ДЕТИ, for younger Internet users, with Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Russia, backing the initiative in October 2011 at Agency of Strategic Initiatives meeting.
There is no doubt that over the past decade, Africa has come from being the so-called ‘hopeless Continent’ to being a rising star. Profound changes have taken place which has brought about this turnaround. We can count the fact that Africa has come from being the notorious continent with 16 raging wars in 2002, to a continent which is fast achieving peace and stability.
Last week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was forced to extend the deadline for the new gTLD application to April 20th, after the application system crashed and the technical issue which enabled some applicants to see file names and user names that belonged to other applicants.
Africa is set to acquire its own generic top-level domain following a pledge by delegates to back registration of the dotafrica domain during the Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) Summit that ended last week Thursday.
Marina del Rey, California… ICANN has set April 30th as its target date to release the list of applications for new generic top-level domains, specifying who has applied for which domain names.
The .ZA central registry operator, UniForum SA, has been selected by the African Union as its preferred registry operator that will administer the upcoming dotAFRICA Top Level Domain.
dotAfrica is set to be a distinctive pan-African identification for regional online operations when it is opened up for registration.
Sedari announces its co-operation with South Africa's UniForum SA as the organisation leading a pan-African effort supported by the African Union to apply for the dotAfrica top-level domain name (TLD).
Africa looks set to get its own generic top-level domain, .africa, in 2013 if the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) gives the go-ahead, which looks likely. The creation of the new domain could set off a gold rush and create headaches for businesses wanting to protect their brands.
Tremendous anticipation, planning, and work drove toward 12 January, 2012, the day ICANN began accepting applications for new gTLDs. Whether you've applied or not, your next question might be: "It's after 12 January. What happens next?"
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