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Africa Gets Its Own Web Address (bbc.com) 89

Africa now has the unique web address .africa, equivalent to the more familiar .com, following its official launch by the African Union. From a report on BBC: AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hailed its creation as the moment when Africa "got [its] own digital identity." The AU says the .africa domain name will "bring the continent together as an internet community." Addresses can now reflect a company's interest in the whole of Africa. For example, a mobile phone company could create mobile.africa to show its Africa-wide presence, or a travel company could set up travel.africa.
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Africa Gets Its Own Web Address

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  • > (blah).africa

    Too long, didn't type. Why didn't they just steal ".af" (Afghanistan today, but common abbreviation for Africa)?
    • by rvw14 ( 733613 ) on Friday March 10, 2017 @02:07PM (#54014295)
      Time to register imisstherainsdownin.africa
      • by Tempest_2084 ( 605915 ) on Friday March 10, 2017 @02:26PM (#54014435)
        That would be I *bless* the rains down in Africa.
        • That would be I *bless* the rains down in Africa.

          Lol, this is my Dad's favourite song, and for the last 30 years we've been singing 'missed' until Iast year when I was learning to play the song and found the real lyrics. I actually think missed sounds better, as the song has a bit of a sombre tone, about longing and missed opportunities, and missing something huge like the rains in a dry continent sort of resonates with that. Blessed just have the same ring to it.

      • I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Chrome says:

        This site can’t be reached

        This site on the company, organisation or school intranet has the same URL as an external website.

        Try contacting your system administrator.
        ERR_ICANN_NAME_COLLISION

      • by MoogMan ( 442253 )

        lynx.africa

    • Too long, didn't type. Why didn't they just steal ".af" (Afghanistan today, but common abbreviation for Africa)?

      Cause then every domain would be "as fuck", which could possibly cause confusion.

  • An easy way to filter out those Nigerian Prince scam emails!

  • Ouch, just wait till the racists find out. There's going to be some very bad websites out there...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Who exactly are "the racists" that you're referring to?

      Would you consider black Africans who host a website at a .africa domain that promotes anti-white, anti-Asian, anti-Indian, or anti-Amerindian sentiment, for example, as being among "the racists"?

  • Same as .com (Score:5, Informative)

    by barbariccow ( 1476631 ) on Friday March 10, 2017 @01:49PM (#54014129)
    Equivalent to .com? What, we can't say TLD here? Slashdot: catering to the LCD :(
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Good thing you simplified the concept of a TLD to help the Slashdot audience of brain damaged 6 year olds understand that it's "equivalent to the more familiar .com".

  • So who is going to register Iblesstherainsdownin.africa ?

  • what nonsense (Score:4, Insightful)

    by iggymanz ( 596061 ) on Friday March 10, 2017 @01:58PM (#54014217)

    trying to imply there is any kind of unity between the North African Arab countries and the others...yeah right

    • TLDs haven't been used properly anyway. It's a waste.

      But that's what you get when you have the legacy of an American-built, American-centric system, designed with imperfect foresight, and there's too much invested to wipe and reload.

      • we got a good flexible TLD system that people can use in traditional way or with recent additions.

        countries have TLD if they want to use them. the USA put those in a long time ago. And plenty of other product/concept specific ones added if anyone wants to be under them which was international effort

        70 percent of the global internet traffic is carried through the USA anyway, fine that they had historic heavy influence on it. The USA built something great and useful for the world.

        • The USA gave us a dual usage-based / geo-politically based domain system.

          It really ought to be have been solely geo-politically based with a byte or two's worth of flags to indicate content type, and domains restricted to appropriate use.

          [domain].[state/province].[nation].[super-national grouping]. With tiered DNS that assumes most of that for you if you leave it out. And you know what? Something to distinguish the domain from the other parts so you could have arbitrary numbers of sub-domain categorizati

  • Since the only thing (network wise) that comes out of Africa is spam and other crap, blocking this will be 100% perfect compression.

  • Having done so, I can now conclude my reading of TFS with a proud sense of accomplishment, though I never finished it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    nigeria just got assigned .scam domain

  • by TroII ( 4484479 ) on Friday March 10, 2017 @02:25PM (#54014429)

    I wish them luck, but I'm not sure it makes a lot of sense to be creating yet another top-level domain.

    For example, a mobile phone company could create mobile.africa to show its Africa-wide presence, or a travel company could set up travel.africa.

    So they'll sell off a few hundred generic words to speculators, but I predict few others will be buying in. Many of the new gTLDs created over the past couple of years are either shutting down, or jacking up domain prices [domainincite.com] into the multi-hundred dollar per year range just to stay in operation. Keeping a TLD alive isn't cheap, and it turns out there's not much demand for all of this namespace after all. When you can't amortize your TLD's infrastructure cost across millions of customers, you wind up having to price each domain so high that nobody's going to buy one.

    • So the gTLDs are a total slum and surprisingly expensive? I'm even more impressed.
    • It makes no more or less sense than the .eu TLD.

      It makes a shitload more sense than every other TLD that has come out in the past 3 years.

  • I assume travel.africa and mobile.africa became parked domains within an hour of this article coming out.
  • by Motherfucking Shit ( 636021 ) on Friday March 10, 2017 @02:53PM (#54014635) Journal

    # host 0abaa55f4b4b5f8a9a55d1fe33f49a.africa
    0abaa55f4b4b5f8a9a55d1fe33f49a.africa has address 127.0.53.53
    0abaa55f4b4b5f8a9a55d1fe33f49a.africa mail is handled by 10 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.africa.

    Great, they have some wildcard garbage going on instead of properly returning NXDOMAIN.

    • by Zak3056 ( 69287 )

      At least their wildcard bullshit points at localhost, which is better than some ad server, or some malware hosting site (but I repeat myself). It would be worse.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's a top level domain. Which is pedantic on some level but...sigh. Whatever, this stopped being news for nerds a while ago.

  • by rahvin112 ( 446269 ) on Friday March 10, 2017 @04:35PM (#54015305)

    Africa didn't get its own web address. Some company registered the Africa Top Level Domain (TLD). This company has total control over the TLD and likely has no relationship to the continent or any of the countries in it. In all likelyhood the registrant for the TLD is a European or American company hoping to make big bucks charging people to use the TLD. In 10 years 99.999999999% of the domains on this TLD will not even involve an African company or individual.

    • by nyet ( 19118 )

      I don't know where /. gets their editors, but they're definitely getting dumber and dumber as the years go by.

    • by WML MUNSON ( 895262 ) on Friday March 10, 2017 @08:39PM (#54016341)

      Africa didn't get its own web address. Some company registered the Africa Top Level Domain (TLD). This company has total control over the TLD and likely has no relationship to the continent or any of the countries in it. In all likelyhood the registrant for the TLD is a European or American company hoping to make big bucks charging people to use the TLD. In 10 years 99.999999999% of the domains on this TLD will not even involve an African company or individual.

      You don't have a clue. A cursory Google search would tell you that it's operated by a South African company (ZACR), which was awarded control by ICANN following a lengthy legal dispute with a Kenyan competitor (DCA).

    • . In 10 years 99.999999999% of the domains on this TLD will not even involve an African company or individual.

      In 10 years there'll probably be as many .africa domains as there are now.
      I was working in China when the .asia TLD was released and the discussion was had about whether we register a bunch of names to secure them. We decided it was a gimmick and didn't bother, and it turns out everyone else must've thought the same thing. You see the odd .asia domain from time to time, but for the size of the continent, and the amount of business they do, they are almost non-existent.

  • I guess it was too much trouble to list the fucking domain in the summary, eh?

  • He can call it www.iwasbornin.africa!

    I know, I know, but it is funny.
  • You guys hire complete morons now, huh?

    Also, grats on the clickbait tactic of not telling us what the TLD actually is in the headline.

    You suck.

  • Yeah, let's separate everybody just like the great old world. This is going to make it easier to make virtual borders. Wonderful. That's all we need. /s

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