ZACR creates dotAfrica litigation portal


The US-based legal proceedings delaying the general availability of the dotAfrica ('.africa') generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) have taken a step towards transparency with the launch by the South Africa central registry (ZACR) of a dedicated litigation portal. The ZACR is the African Union Commission's preferred registry operator for the dotAfrica gTLD and also has more than the 60 percent required support from individual African governments. ZACR, Africa's largest registry operator, furthermore has a legally-binding ICANN Registry Agreement dating from March 2014.

On 12 April, the Central District Court of California granted a preliminary injunction in favour of DCA which prevents the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from immediately delegating the rights to the dotAfrica gTLD to the ZACR. This temporary ruling meant that domain names ending with .africa cannot be offered for registration by the ZACR and its registrar partners.
Source: Telecompaper 28 June 2016