Sunday, September 25, 2011

South Africa: .ORG.ZA Policy Development Workshop Scheduled for October

A policy development workshop of the members of .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) will be convened on 4th, 2011 for the .org.za namespace, South Africa's domain space for non-commercial organisations, including but not limited to charities, NGOs, Section 21 companies, trade and industry associations, trade unions, political parties and religious organisations.

The purpose of the workshop is to address challenges facing the org.za administrator regarding the use of org.za domain names to run commercial websites, and the eligibility of certain organisations to register org.za domain names.

The org.za administrator first proposed amendments to the org.za terms and conditions (“the org.za policy”) in late 2009. Following a ZADNA public consultation process which closed in February 2010, the proposed changes did not receive any support and were subsequently not implemented.

The org.za administrator is now seeking clarity and guidance from ZADNA due to increasing challenges concerning eligibility to register org.za domain names and the use thereof for commercial purposes. ZADNA invited its members and the South African public to attend the workshop and provide input before ZADNA makes a final decision on the new .ORG.ZA T&C. .The ORG.ZA domain space is administered by Internet Solutions.
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