Archive for October, 2012

 

Agreement Signed to Expand L-Root Servers Across Africa

Posted October 19th, 2012


From ICANN News & Press

ICANN and the Africa Network Information Center (AFRINIC) have signed an agreement pledging to work collaboratively to identify additional potential locations for the expansion of L-Root anycast instances in Africa.

The placement of instances of root servers is important to the infrastructure of the Internet in Africa.

“This agreement comes in at a perfect time here in Toronto when ICANN has unveiled a new initiative to increase presence and participation across our region” said Adiel Akplogan, AFRINIC’s Chief Executive Officer. “Besides policy related discussions and participation, Africa needs to strengthen the resiliency of its Internet Infrastructure in order to attract local contents investments.”

“This very important agreement is a further reflection of the hard work of the Africa stakeholders and their spirit of engagement” said Fadi Chehadé, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN. “Our commitment to this sort of cooperative effort is framed by the initiative of the Africa Support Working Group, which is aimed at increasing African participation in ICANN.”

The Africa Support Working Group presented its three year initiative during ICANN‘s 45th public meeting in Toronto, Canada. The agreement between AfriNIC and ICANN marks the first implementation of the Africa Strategy.

Under the signed agreement, AFRINIC is willing to help ICANN strengthen the resilience of the DNS further by helping to identify potential additional physical locations that host L-Root.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Say It Ain’t So, Lance

Posted October 18th, 2012


From Wall Street Journal

Lance Armstrong Gets Dumped

Commercial fallout from doping allegations against Lance Armstrong hit Wednesday, as Nike Inc., RadioShack Corp., Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the makers  of Trek bikes and Giro helmets, and others distanced themselves from the former cycling champ.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a blistering report accusing seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of being at the center of “a massive team doping scheme, more extensive than any previously revealed in professional sports history.”

Nike was particularly harsh, citing what it described as insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade.

The clothing and footwear company said it would continue to support Mr. Armstrong’s cancer charity and carry Livestrong- branded products. The Lance Armstrong Foundation, known as Livestrong, for years has had a partnership with Nike, allowing it to license the Livestrong brand for a collection of clothing, shoes and other merchandise. Mr. Armstrong in the past made appearances at retailers and trade shows on Nike’s behalf, to promote the Livestrong line.

Analysts say Livestrong branded products—profits from which go to the charity—represent a tiny portion of Nike’s $25 billion in revenue.

For the full skinny go HERE.

 

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