I first saw the extension .Africa I kind of chuckled. .Africa, so we are making extensions out of all seven continents too? Well, Africa is referred to more than most countries in that continent. The more I think about it the more it makes more sense, “Africa” is easier to identify for most people in the world than the more obscure country names. Certainly, I think all of the geo locations in Africa should be allocated to their respective countries. Egypt.Africa, Sudan.Africa, hmmm I don’t know about South Africa..? South.Africa or SouthAfrica.Africa?
DotConnectAfrica (DCA) seems to be the leading organization that is vying to run the .Africa registry. Sophia Bekele, BS, MBA and Policy Advisor to ICANN is the Executive Director. Below is her vision with DCA’s vision for .Africa and African Internet policy and infrastructure.
“DotConnectAfrica (DCA) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization based in Africa, inspired to come to fruition to coordinate the implementation of the .Africa initiative. At the same time, to address the lack of adequate internet policy in Africa and and acknowledgment of the impact of the policy in widening the gaps of the digital divide.”
.Africa will be very interesting to watch grow as still only a small percentage of the population is online in Africa. Good luck to Ms. Sophia Bekele in her efforts for African Internet integration.