correction to domain news story

correction to domain news story

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 17:23:03 +1000 (EST)
Hi all

Paul Wilson, Director General, APNIC, has emailed to
correct a story that appeared in the news, noting it was
‘misleading and incorrect’.

The story was:
Africa Finalises Strategy to Control Own Website Addresses
African countries are set to control their own website
addresses and stop paying to Europe and the US for the
right to own website names. This move is being made
possible by the impending launch of the African Network
Information Centre (AfriNIC), which has been created to
administer domain names on the continent.

Paul’s email to me, in full, noted that:
“AfriNIC is in formation as a Regional Internet Address
Registry (RIR) with no responsibility for domain names.
Like other RIRs, it will be responsible for allocation and
management of IP addresses and related resources, but NOT
for domain names or website URLs, at either the country
code or global level.

“Furthermore, it is not the case, as implied here, that
AfriNIC represents some kind of "breakaway" from EU or USA.

“AfriNIC is in fact being established with full support of
the other RIRs, namely APNIC (RIR for the Asia Pacific
region), ARIN (North America), LACNIC (Latin America), and
RIPE NCC (Europe). Those RIRs have voluntarily contributed
substantial resources towards the establishment of AfriNIC,
and have recently signed an MoU with AfriNIC for a further
cash contribution of USD$100,000.

“Like so many other initiatives within the Internet
community, AfriNIC has come about through open cooperative
activities. It is not an initiative of the UN, ITU, ICANN
or any other "top down" body; but rather of the African
Internet community itself, supported by their peers around
the world.”

Paul Wilson
Director General

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Received on Fri Oct 03 2003 - 00:00:00 UTC

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