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Press Release
25 August

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San Francisco:  Web 2.0 meets Yes2dotAfrica!  

Start-Up Success

Bridging the Digital Divide

Sophia Bekele - @ Web 2.0   


Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O'Reilly Media, Inc. and UBM TechWeb, showcases the latest Web 2.0 business models, development paradigms, products, and design strategies for the builders of the next-generation Web. This annual multi-track conference brings together people, ideas, connections, contacts, products, and companies to foster stronger Web 2.0 communities. Web 2.0 Expo events occur in San Francisco and New York and feature influential keynotes and speakers, detailed workshops, a Startup Showcase, an Expo show floor, and rich networking events.


The Yes2dotAfrca campaign was among the participant, and made very good impression in presenting its goals and missions.


DCA was approached and interviewed by Bob Walsh and Patrick Foley who frequently cover start-ups at Web 2.0 and was asked to present its activities to their regular audiences ....  


Published 06/15/2011

Jun 14, 2011 01:04 pm | [email protected]
(Bob Walsh/Patrick Foley)


This week, Bob and Pat talk with Sophia Bekele, executive director of Dot Connect Africa, an initiative to add .africa as a top level domain of the Internet. This is no mere technical discussion - The stakes are high in this Internet land rush: who will control .africa and what will this mean for the continent's ...



In brief, Sophia responded to questions and discussed the following 

  • Helping the cause of a new industry, to say "Yes2newgTLDs" for ICANN and not only" Yes2dotAfrica"
  • What is meant by controversial strings?
  • Creating billion dollar industry to build a new market economy based on competition
  • What does .africa mean for the US, why should we say Yes2dotAfrica?
  • What happens to the money from .africa?
  • Next software technologies in Africa
  • being that glue to .africa
  • Finally telling US audience to connect with Africa via PanAfrican Social Media Infrastructure that DCA has built re:afrca, .afrique, and .afriqya,  to act as a gateway to news on Africa

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