DotAfrica Organization

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Founded: June 21, 2004
Founder(s): Nii Quaynor
Website: dotafrica.org
Key People
Nii Quaynor
Pierre Ouedraogo

The DotAfrica Organization Limited (DotAfrica.org) was a group interested in the development of a new .africa TLD. Nii Quaynor launched DotAfrica.org on June 21, 2004[1] for use by the African Union Commission's DotAfrica Task Force as a community resource.[2] Pierre Ouedraogo serves as the site's contact person.[3] The organization is committed to the development of the Internet within the African continent and has enumerated the following specific missions:

  • To sponsor, establish and operate a regional Internet namespace with global recognition and regional significance. The namespace is dedicated to the needs of the Pan-African Internet community.
  • To reinvest surpluses in socio-technological advancement initiatives relevant to the Pan-African Internet community.
  • To operate a successful not-for-profit initiative that is a technically sound, leading edge TLD registry for the Pan-African Internet community.[4]

The DotAfrica Organization does not intend to apply for the .africa TLD itself; it is simply a technical forum for the discussion of the TLD.[5]

Allegations from DCA

DotAfrica Organization and DotAfrica.org have come under scrutiny from DotConnectAfrica, who claims that the organization is no longer a serious contender for .africa, and that it is a hollow shell that has been abandoned by its founder (Quaynor) for more financially sustainable prospects. DCA also argues that the DotAfrica Organization's proposal supports a Ghanaian-sponsored agenda.[6]

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