African Internet Resources Threatened by Lawsuit and Corruption





By ALAN SUDERMAN, FRANK BAJAK and RODNEY MUHUMUZA
Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Outsiders have long benefited from Africa’s wealth of gold, diamonds and even people. Digital sources have proven to be no different. Millions of internet addresses assigned to Africa have been targeted, some fraudulently, including through insider machinations linked to an employee of the nonprofit organization that assigns the continent’s addresses. Instead of serving Africa’s internet development, many have taken advantage of spammers and scammers, while others are satisfying China’s hunger for pornography and gambling. New leadership at the Nonprofit Registry for Africa is working to recover the lost addresses. But a legal challenge by a deeply rooted Chinese businessman threatens the very existence of the body.




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