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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) South African Law Unilaterally Re-Delegates .za
    posted by michael on Friday June 07 2002, @10:26AM

    Contrary to an earlier and more optimistic report that a showdown might be averted, a Reuters article by Brendan Boyle now says that the South African parliament passed an Electronic Communication and Transactions Bill that unilaterally re-delegates .za away from current ccTLD administrator Mike Lawrie. Lawrie is quoted as saying he'd be happy to turn over the unpaid job of administering .za, but only according to the ICANN (IANA?) rules. "If it becomes illegal for me to do the job under South African law and if I am not authorized by ICANN to hand over the administration, the ZA domain will have to shut down until the issue is cleared up," Reuters quotes him as saying.

    The bill's sponsor defended the move as necessary because the management of the Internet could not be left to individuals. "Change is imperative...We need a stable, representative and democratic model of domain naming and allocation in our region," Reuters quotes him as saying. The bill provides for the South African Minister of Communications to appoint a panel to choose a board for a new non-profit company that will take over the ccTLD.

    It's not clear to me if Lawrie's comments regarding a "shut down" are a threat or a prediction, or exactly what he means by a shutdown. If it's pulling the plug on the registry, that could, I suppose, be grounds for saying he's not serving the community adequately and there must be a redelegation?

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    Re: South African Law Unilaterally Re-Delegates .z
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday June 07 2002, @10:42PM (#6997)
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    The above article didn't actually link to the Reuters article AFAICT. CNN seems to have it here, Forbes here. Here's some additional coverage from AllAfrica.com.

    South Africa's Independent Online now reports that current .za administrator Mike Lawrie denies that he would shut down .za. Also see their earlier coverage here and here. Assuming he had said or intended to shut it down, I think what was meant was that he wouldn't turn over the .za database to the South African government without ICANN approval. As ICANN took the Australian government and otherwise somewhat tepid (and allegedly trumped up) public support to take .au away from Robert Elz, I don't think it too likely that Lawrie could have counted on ICANN support. I also suspect that South Africa could (and from the quotes of government officials in the above articles, would) have taken action to obtain the database.

    I don't know what it is that is infecting these southern climes, but I predict it will soon spread northward. -g

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