[AfrICANN-discuss] Africa Domain Name System Forum to be held in Durban, South Africa, 12-13 July 2013

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Tue May 14 17:13:43 SAST 2013

Source : http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2013/05/africa-domain-name-system-forum-to-be-held-in-durban-south-africa-12-13-july-2013/

 DURBAN, South-Africa, May 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/

The Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum will be held on 12 – 13 
July 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The event aims to establish a 
platform for the DNS community across Africa and to advance the domain 
name industry and domain name registrations on the continent. 

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Over the years, the Internet Society 
(http://www.internetsociety.org), AfTLD, and ICANN have supported the 
continued development and growth of Country Code Top Level Domains 
(ccTLDs) in Africa through capacity building and technical support. 
Despite the support, the growth and sustainability of African ccTLDs and
 adoption of new technologies remains very low as compared to other 
regions of the world. To identify the bottlenecks that are keeping the 
industry from growing and the actions that can catalyze its growth, the 
three organizations determined the need for a forum to discuss these 
regional DNS issues. 

The DNS Forum will foster cross-border collaboration between 
registries, registrars, registrants, DNS experts, Government 
representatives, and policy makers. Topics covered during the 1 ½ day 
event include trends, opportunities, and challenges of the DNS industry;
 strategies for registries and registrars; legal issues with 
cross-border domain registrations; ways Governments can support domain 
name growth; and benefits of standardizing accreditation to attract more
 cross-border registrars and registrations.   

“The Internet Society’s African Regional Bureau has been working to 
strengthen the ccTLDs in Africa by improving sustainability, encouraging
 the implementation of automation solutions at ccTLDs, and promoting the
 use of technology such as DNSSEC at registries,” said Dawit Bekele, 
Internet Society Regional Bureau Director for Africa. “We are pleased to
 join together with AfTLD and ICANN to host this multi-stakeholder forum
 where participants can share experiences, gain new insights, and 
establish new business relationships with organizations from within and 
outside the continent. Such a forum is important to bring growth in the 
African domain name industry.”

Pierre S. Dandjinou, ICANN Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement 
for Africa, commented, “ICANN is partnering with other players in the 
region to implement its Africa strategy, which was developed in 2012 by 
the African community. Thus, this DNS Forum in Durban, as a partnership 
between AfTLD and the Internet Society and as a pre-conference event to 
the ICANN meeting, is another milestone that builds on the MIGworks 
event in Addis in March 2013, which sought to pave the way for the 
development of the DNS industry in Africa and to empower the African 
community for an increased accreditation of registrars from the 
continent. I believe the new gTLD program will help grow this industry 
on a global and regional level, and we hope that African business 
players can be part of this growing industry as much as they can. ICANN 
will present in this event several programs to support and incubate new 
business players in Africa to benefit out of the growing potential in 
this continent.”

“By working with and building on our partnerships in running the DNS 
Forum, AfTLD’s objective is to build on our thriving capacity building 
activities for ccTLDs in Africa so as to improve the DNS in Africa and 
the sustainability of ccTLDs,” said Dr. Paulos Nyirenda, President of 
AfTLD.  “The DNS Forum will present a great opportunity for players in 
the domain industry to learn and to foster new and established 
relationships, including those among ccTLDs, registries, registrars, 
operators, policy makers and end users.” 

For more information and to register for the Africa DNS Forum, visit:  http://aftld.org/afdnsforum

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