Welcome 2013 – The Year of Internet Governance: A New Year’s Message from our Executive Director of DotConnectAfrica Trust

Welcome to 2013! As we inaugurate a new year, I decided to peer through what may be ahead of us in 2013, and here is what I would share with you.
DotConnectAfrica’s New Years wish:

MegaTrends, Black Swans, People Power, Rules of engagement



What we predict:

CyberCrime, IG Political Theater,  Cyber War,
Zero day-attacks, Boundary breaking, Raising the bar

What will continue:

Net activism, Euro-zone collapse,  Mobile centric everything, E-commerce everything, Content Portal


What will be challenged:


Common Knowledge, IG Clowns,Unholy alliances,
IG Romanticizing
Multilaterals, G-Zero World
The only thing for sure the year 2013 promises to be, is  a year of uncertainty and big challenges. expect a fireball of controversy.

Despite, we will continue to keep our promise!
Recalling our 2012 resolution to you:
We  had the following list:
  1. We will continue our yes2dotafrica campaign;
  2. We will apply for the .africa gTLD with ICANN;
  3. We will fight special interest groups that will put obstacles towards our goals for .africa & ICANN;
  4. We will do this and more on your behalf;
  5. We will thus continue to keep our promises to you!

We have done all of the above and more

We have engaged with United States Congress for internet freedom for all, we have campaigned and spread the news for an free and open internet using all available platforms we have from Africa, to Europe to Canada.

We have also campaigned globally making the case for .africa and representing your interest. When faced with unreasonable challenges, we have also fought for what is right and succeeded. Most importantly, we have had many victories!

A number of significant victories were achieved that hold DCA’s principles in 2012,  to include the UN Declaration for Human Rights for Free Speech, the significant, landmark opposition to Internet Regulation by WCIT-12 conference, and for our .africa, defeat of our opponents on the .dotafrica string issue, when ICANN approved our change request.

All with your support!

Our 2013 Resolution is simple:
a free and open
.africa and internet!


A Thank You Note for our Supporters!

I want to extend a deserving and sincere thank you for all the

Global Advisory Leadership Team of DCA who have provided moral support as well as championed key victories that DCA scored this year, either behind the scenes or publicly.

I would also like to thank and recognize the efforts of our key partners from Africa and globally in this successful journey DCA made in 2012, SafariCom, CentralNic, Fincom,

our Pan African Organizations and Government Partners to include Kenya, Ethiopia and many others who traveled the journey and stayed the course with us.

Without your support, we know our mission and campaign for internet freedom, free speech, as well as our efforts of six years for a free and open .africa would have been compromised.  Herein we have just re-stated our 2013 resolution.


Therefore, wishing each and every one of you and your families a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2013.

Sophia Bekele Hilton ICANN Prague

God Bless Africa & the World!



Sophia BekeleFounder/Executive Director


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