DotConnectAfrica Trust Official Public Comments for the ICANN Evaluation Panel on the Application Submitted by UNIFORUM ZA Central Registry for the .Africa Generic Top-Level Domain Name
September 27, 2012
COMMENT SUBMITTED BY DOTCONNECTAFRICA TRUST on The New gTLD Application Comments Forum
Pursuant to Section 188.8.131.52 (‘Comment Period’) of the new gTLD Applicant’s Guidebook that allows public comments to be posted on any submitted application during the Application Comment Period, DCA Trust had reviewed the public portions of the application for .AFRICA submitted by UniForum ZA Central Registry (Application ID: 1-1243-89583) and formally submitted certain comments on the posted application materials of UniForum during the public comments period of the new gTLD Program Time-Table.
It is anticipated that these comments will be made available to the ICANN Evaluation Panels performing the Initial Evaluation Reviews, and would be noted, verified and analyzed with a view to disqualifying or failing the UniForum application for .AFRICA gTLD string name.
We believe that it is our duty to bring these important information and issues to the attention of the ICANN Evaluation and that our comments will be taken into thorough consideration during the evaluation process because we rightly believe that the UniForum application fails to meet the criteria of the new gTLD program established by the guidebook in many important respects.
The various public comments relate to different subjects, and can be assessed via these links below.
(1)Background Screening /Legal
Manifest inconsistencies – Mission & Purpose Click here to read more
Oversight Role to Illegitimate Entity Click here to read more
Crooked Legal & Executive Responsibility Click here to read more
(2) Geographic Name Evaluation Panel/ Endorsement
The issues of UNIFORUM Endorsement Click here to read more
AU Discouraged Competition for.Africa
Not an African Community Application Click here to read more
AU DotAfrica Taskforce Violated Ethics Click here to read more
AU Cannot Re-designate Registry Function
Illegal Contract between AU and UNIFORUM
AU Cannot appoint Registry Operator
(4) Financial Capability
Understated Registry COI Amount (comment 1of2) Click here to read more
COI Not Enough for Critical Registry Function (2of2)
On Unit Selling Price of Domain Names
Possible Conflict in Business Model
DCA Trust has endeavoured to submit the above public Comments in a prescribed manner. The pieces of evidence that we have presented are based on our assessment of the published parts of UniForum’s application which we have cited in this document, coupled with other pubic communication and documents such as official Communiqué released by the African Union Commission or the AU RFP document that was publicly circulated. (see also below)
We therefore look forward to the actions that will be undertaken by the ICANN Evaluation against UniForum ZA Central Registry on account of the infractions and other illegitimate actions that they have committed contrary to the new gTLD program of ICANN.
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