The 5th Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum is being organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in partnership with the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD). The forum, slated for 26th to 28th July 2017 is being hosted by the Tanzania Network Information Centre (tzNIC), at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The theme is “Taking Stock of the Africa DNS Industry and Planning Ahead.”
The forum comes on the heels of the recently released Africa DNS Market Report at ICANN59 in South Africa, the first of its kind in the region, which provided detailed analysis of the DNS market for 54 countries. Recall, the report at its unveiling met with a lot of criticisms from most ccTLD operators. As such, one of the highlights of the forum will be a session dedicated to discussing the report and determining the key outcomes and next steps. Other topics to be covered during panel discussions will include securing the African DNS, legal issues affecting African registries, registrars and resellers, IPv6 deployment, and emerging trends in the DNS industry.
The objective of this annual event is to bring together interested parties from Africa and world experts in the field to share experiences and update the audience on new developments in the domain industry on both a global and regional level.
This year’s forum follows on success of the preceding forums, which were held in Durban, South Africa (2013), Abuja, Nigeria (2014), Nairobi, Kenya (2015) and Marrakech, Morocco (2016). By holding the forum in different parts of Africa, ICANN aims to provide equal opportunities to regional stake-holders, inform the continent’s different communities about the domain industry and engage with attendees on how best to strengthen Africa’s digital presence.
ICANN supports the development of a stronger and more dynamic regional domain industry and we look forward to this fifth edition of the Africa DNS Forum.