210 Mauritius Government Websites Threatened in 2013

9 years, 10 months ago - July 29, 2013
Internet: 210 Government Websites Threatened
The top-level domain. Mu is once more in duscussion . If the state does not pay, by August 31, the amount due to Internet Direct Ltd. since 2000, the 210 gates of government under gov.mu, may no longer be operational.

This is the ultimatum by Internet Direct Ltd.. The amount due is a few hundred thousand rupees. The Minister of Information Technology and Communication (ICT) Tassarajen Chedumbrum Pillay says he will never let Internet Direct Ltd. "hijack the government."

According to Internet Direct Ltd, this amount has been accumulated over the years since 2000, when the state to start using the field gov.mu for the creation of its websites. The bills were sent to different departments, Rs 3000 per year for each website. But no invoice was settled. Thus, Internet Direct Ltd. uses its lawyers and state money to pay him his due before the deadline of August 31. Otherwise, all areas under gov.mu, representing all ministries and government portal will no longer be operational.

The first level domain ownership. Mu called ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain), has been debated for several years. For the base, ƒc'est Internet Direct Ltd which owns the title of top-level domain. Mu. This responsibility has been assigned by the international authority, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) in 1995, part of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the supreme regulator of the Internet worldwide .

In 2009, a MOU was signed between Yann Kwok, owner of Internet Direct Ltd, and the Mauritian government "without any financial agreement." They should be responsible for managing the top-level domain. Internet Direct Ltd had agreed to cooperate with the government. In a tentative agreement, renewable on the ownership of a domain name after meeting with Dr. Paul Twomey, CEO of ICANN.

In 2012, things took a different turn. The agreement is not renewed. The Ministry of ICT and the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) make a request for a change of administration in the field. Mu. Internet Direct Ltd but there objected. Phil Regnauld, Systems Architect & Trainer at the University of Oregon, USA, was invited to Mauritius last year to find a compromise. A consultative workshop work was organized by the Ministry of ICT, but nothing has been found so far.

Contacted Yann Kwok said: "I confirm that departments using domain names mu owe much money to Internet Direct Ltd... We contacted them in February for payment, but they told us to give them six months. Most recently, the National Computer Board told us that he would not pay anything. Internet Direct Ltd provides the deadline of August 31 for payment. Otherwise, we will no longer offer our services and making all government sites inoperable. My men of laws addressing this matter. "

Minister Pillay Tassarajen Chedumbrum did not mince his words: "It is totally false. Yann Kwok must assume his remarks. He can not threaten the government, let alone take him hostage. " As the President of the National Computer Board, Suraj Ramgoolam, he declined to comment.

Text by Faits sur Maurice

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