You Will Soon Be Able To Register Your Own DotAfrica Domain Name

25 years after the world wide web was created and 30 years after the first domain name was registered, Africa now has it's own unique domain, dotAfrica, written as .africa, "fully and wholly owned by Africa" (as opposed to who?).

Although, that's not saying much, seeing as there are no dotNorthAmericas or dotSouthAmericas floating around. There are dotAsia and dotEU domain extensions, but they're not wildly popular.

My guess would be that it's because each country already has their own customized domain extensions. But that didn't stop the African Union Assembly who announced the domain launch on Tuesday at their 29th ordinary session in Ethiopia.

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(Photo: African Union)

(Photo: African Union)

According to a press release from the African Union:

"DotAfrica will bring the continent together as an internet community under one umbrella and create an opportunity to forge a unique online identity which will associate products, services and or information with the continent and the people of Africa.

The domain is an African initiative created by Africans for Africans and the worldwide audience of companies, organizations and individuals interested in, associated with and connected with the African community and markets. "

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That feels like a whole lot of pressure on a domain, but African internet professionals (what?) argued that DotAfrica should be operated by Africans for the benefit of the entire continent. Okay.

As of May 2017, there were about 5 million domain names associated with Africa with a total annual value of $52 million; this represents only 1% of the generic top-level domains registered worldwide. Out of the 1.4 million generic domains registered in Africa, 1.2 million are .com domains.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) has now approved the General Availability phase on 4 July 2017 for the public to apply for dotAfrica domain names. A portal will be made available soon.

(Photo: African Union)

(Photo: African Union)

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