by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE availability for registration of domain names within the recently-launched dotAfrica (.africa) geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) is helping enable a new, transparent Africa powered by information.
This is according to an industry executive as the continent marked Africa Day on Friday.
Lucky Masilela, Chief Executive Officer of the Registry Africa, said the information society that .africa was fostering to bring about on the “Bright Continent” could help Africans realise the African Union’s theme for Africa Day 2018, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”
In line with the theme, Masilela said Africans were realising the narrative of corruption and negativity associated with the continent for many decades did not have to accompany the African experience as Africa moved further into the 21st century.
“When people have access to information from varied sources, they are less likely to tolerate the misinformation that is a hallmark of corrupt societies,” he said.
“Societies built on transparency and easy access to information are free societies not tainted by the stain of corruption. They’re the kind of societies .africa is helping to build on this continent.”
The .africa gTLD, hailed as the home of the continent in world wide web, is helping achieve a free, open and prosperous Africa, he added.
“The .africa gTLD represents our hopes as Africans for a corruption-free continent.”
Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union) on May 25, 1963.
The .africa gTLD is endorsed by the African Union Commission (AUC) and furthermore enjoys widespread support from leading African organisations.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or the digital revolution, is one that is being powered by information and the World Wide Web provides seamless and rapid access to such,” Masilela meanwhile said.
However, Masilela said the internet had to be more affordable, organised and accessible.
The official said initiatives like .africa, which have already resulted in just under 16 000 .africa domain names registered, helped empower people with information.
– CAJ News