Yan Kwok

Do you know who is Yan Kwok?

I propose that all Mauritians bloggers and all those who has some interest in the internet and related technology should know of Yan KWOK. I only met him a couple of times in 1997. Hats off to him for what he has done when he was still a student in Cape Town. If I am not mistaken all of you who are using the .mu are contributing to Yan KWOK’s  wealth.

Through linkedin, I managed to trace him up.

The question I am asking myself is: Does Mauritius need persons of his competence and experience? Why have the authorities of Mauritius acted in such a manner to keep  Yan KWOK away from Mauritius?

Yes indeed, we need brains and drive for our country to prosper. So Mauritius needs the competency and experience of people the like of Yan.

I am of opinion that the authorities have been unfair to Yan. He was foresighted enough during his university days to see potential in making some money out of the then upcoming ICANN whilst all the government authorities ,I presume were completely out of the picture.Should Yan be penalized for his business acumen  and initiative?

I move that the authorities in spite of the ego and arrogance that they hold would do well to recognize Yan’s deeds and publicly welcome him to put his knowledge to the service of the nation. Perhaps, then. the action could be set as an example for our bright stars evolving in the world to come home to set up shop.


#1 clive on 03.03.07 at 5:10 pm

What does the authorities mean when they said they need a competent authority to manage the .mu domain??? Isn’t that arrogant and self egoism? Did the competent authority in the past even bother about the .mu domain?

Do you think the authorities will lower themselves to publicly welcome Yan?? Whose brains have ever been welcomed in this country?

#2 joseph on 03.04.07 at 2:22 pm

The authorities now know and realized that they have no power to change the rules set by ICANN. Why do they have to maintain the arrogance? .mu domain they could argue was their due, but that is not the case… Too late…If we were then asleep! I am aware that the authorities have tried to turn the table to their side without success.
Magnanimous is what I am urging the authorities to be…by being magnanimous you are not lowering yourself, instead you are showing your positive attitude, your willingness to go forward, to recognize your past short comings, your abundance mentality…Future oriented…
Let us hope

#3 Olivier on 03.05.07 at 4:25 am

Please give some context as to what happened.

I have gathered from the blog post that Yan Kwok (who by the way has an impressive linkedin profile!) owned the right to the .mu TLD and that ownership has recently been contested by “the authorities”.

Who is “the authorities”? As far as .mu is concerned, isn’t it Yan Kwok who is the Registry? Evindently “the authorities” didn’t know much about domain name registering before jumping the gun. Is that a case of a left-hand unaware of what the right-hand’s doing? Or rather incompetence?

What was the backslash?

BTW, I work at Tucows, a Registrar affiliated with ICANN.

#4 Victor on 03.06.07 at 9:44 pm

It is the story of a son who through education becomes more “intelligent” than his father and exploits his ignorance.
.mu belongs to all mauritians and not only to Yan Knok.

#5 joseph on 03.07.07 at 8:37 pm

Every body has the right to .mu, however the administration of .mu belongs the the person who obtained the rights when it was time to bid for it. Too bad that the authorities did not react in time. The window is now closed.Mauritius is not the only country in that situation. Do you know who administers .uk and who collects the registration fees for it? Why in the uk they use co.uk instead of .uk only? Why co.za is used in South Africa instead of .za?

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