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Africa’s Internet Wealth Threatened by Proceedings and Corruption | Government. & Politics

ALAN SUDERMAN, FRANK BAJAK, RODNEY MUHUMUZA AP communication

Uganda, Kampala (AP) —Outsiders have long benefited from Africa’s abundant gold, diamonds and even people. There is no difference in digital resources.

Millions of Internet addresses assigned to Africa are also fraudulent, including insider tactics linked to former top employees of nonprofits that assign continental addresses. Instead of servicing Africa’s Internet development, many have benefited spammers and scammers, while others have satisfied China’s desire for pornography and gambling.

The new leadership of the non-profit organization AFRINIC is working to regain the lost address. However, legal objections by well-financed Chinese businessmen threaten the very existence of the body.

The businessman is Lu Heng, a Hong Kong-based arbitrage specialist. Under the dispute, he acquired 6.2 million African addresses between 2013 and 2016. This is about 5% of the total continent, more than Kenya.

Internet service providers and other providers to which AFRINIC assigns IP address blocks do not purchase them. They pay membership fees to cover administrative fees that are intentionally kept low. But that left a lot of room for the transplant.

AFRINIC did not claim a transplant when he canceled Lu’s address, which is currently worth about $ 150 million, saying his company did not contribute enough to Africa’s interests. Lou counterattacked. In late July, his lawyer persuaded a judge in Mauritius, home of AFRICNIC, to freeze his bank account. His company has also filed a $ 80 million defamation claim against AFRINIC and its new CEO.

Africa’s Internet Wealth Threatened by Proceedings and Corruption | Government. & Politics

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