AGENDA

We would like to express our gratitude to members of the Middle East DNS Forum Program Committee (PC) for working on the agenda, and for their valuable contributions along the way.

28 March 2022

09:00 - 10:30 UTC

Gaining an Edge in the Domain Name Industry
Middle East DNS Forum 2022 Pre-Webinar

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Across the Middle East, country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) are revamping their policies as they evolve to a registry/registrar model, which segregates the priorities of registry and registrar. This means the registry can focus on the daily operations of running the TLD and ensuring effective policies are in place, while registrars can focus on business and marketing.

This webinar will address how this model works in the context of ccTLDs and why it’s important for your business. We will discuss how fostering competition nurtures growth in the local domain name market and, ultimately, benefits the end user. This webinar also will address some of the common challenges faced by ccTLDs and share ideas on how to tackle them. You’ll come away with a better understanding of your unique competitive advantages and how to succeed in the domain name industry.

MODERATOR:

Baher Esmat | Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement - Middle East and Managing Director Middle East and Africa, ICANN

SPEAKERS:

Mohammed Mubarak Al Falasi | Manager of Digital Resources, Telecommunication and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA)

Munir Badr | Founder and CEO, AEserver.com

Noora Almannai | Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Engineer, TRA Bahrain (.BH and .البحرين Registry)

Regina Fuchsová | Regional Manager Central Europe, EURid

16 May 2022

08:00 - 08:10 UTC

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A short note by ICANN org welcoming attendees to the forum.

SPEAKER:

Sally Costerton | Senior Advisor to President and SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN

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The keynote will address top trends in the broader technology landscape that will undoubtedly alter the future in which we all live, work, and play. While the rates of adoption of these technologies in different parts of the world vary, each of these trends will eventually impact everyone, everywhere. Some of these trends will make an impact in small ways that may be subtle and hidden from our eyes. Others may make an impact in such profound ways that we would be best served by gaining a keen understanding of the potential of such technologies. The presentation will also highlight how these trends intersect the threads and threats in which ICANN – as an ecosystem – has an interest.

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KINDNS is a program in which DNS operators can enroll to voluntarily adhere to a predefined set of operational best practices. This presentation provides more details about the program, its benefits, and how to share your knowledge.

09:30 - 10:00 UTC

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This session will start by a presentation on decentralized domain names. It will then move to a panel discussion about blockchain and its similarities/differences with the domain name system. The panel will share perspectives on the potential impact of blockchain on the domain name system, and discuss the pros and cons of blockchain based domains from both the business and technical angels.

MODERATOR:

Jothan Frakes | CEO, Private Label Registrar

SPEAKERS:

Stéphane Bortzmeyer | Research and Development Expert Engineer, Afnic (.fr Registry)

Tom Barrett | President, Encirca Inc.

17 May 2022

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DNSSEC strengthens authentication in DNS using digital signatures based on public key cryptography. With DNSSEC, it's not DNS queries and responses themselves that are cryptographically signed, but rather DNS data itself is signed by the owner of the data. ICANN organizes numerous workshops and seminars annually, dedicated to training stakeholders in the Middle East and Africa on the importance of DNSSEC; both signing and validation. This talk will shed light on some of the stakeholder experiences.

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This panel will describe what today's regional domain name industry looks like and examine its evolution over time. Panelists who hail from the region and beyond will share their observations. The discussion will center on today’s  business opportunities and challenges, and will share thoughts on the way forward.

MODERATOR:

Mukesh Chulani | GDD Programs Director, ICANN

SPEAKERS:

Hesham Alhammad | Director, SaudiNIC (.SA)

Raedene McGary | Vice President, Registry Services, Tucows

Rishi Maudhub | Commercial Director, EMEA, CentralNIC

09:30 - 10:00 UTC

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This panel will start with a presentation explaining DNS Abuse and the work undertaken at ICANN. It will then share experiences from three different DNS Abuse initiatives.

MODERATOR:

Patrick Jones | Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN

SPEAKERS:

Garth Miller | Project Manager, CoCCA Registry Services (NZ) Limited

Graeme Bunton | Executive Director, DNS Abuse Institute

Lars Steffen | Director eco International, eco – Association of the Internet Industry

18 May 2022

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There has been a push for legislation revolving around the Internet in the Middle East over the last decade, particularly around privacy. This presentation will touch upon some recent regional legislation and explore its effect on the domain name system.

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DNS resolution is done either by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or by public DNS resolvers. The session will discuss the pros and cons of each resolution method from the end user’s perspective. It will also highlight experiences of public DNS services, what benefits they bring to consumers and businesses, and whether there are any policy / regulatory implications of using them.

 

MODERATOR:

Adiel Akplogan | Vice-President for Technical engagement, ICANN

SPEAKERS:

Bill Woodcock | Executive Director, Packet Clearing House (PCH)

Geoff Huston | Chief Scientist, Asia-Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC)

Vladimír Čunát | Core Developer of Knot Resolver, CZ.NIC

09:30 - 10:00 UTC

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IDNs and the Universal Acceptance (UA) of domain names are two important topics for a truly multilingual Internet. This session will start with a presentation highlighting EURid's latest IDN World Report, and then feed into a panel discussion that will cover the ICANN’s work on IDNs and UA, and the current efforts of the UA Steering Group (UASG). Specifically, we will hear from the Measurement working group on their findings with regard to the growth of UA awareness globally, and hear from a local UA initiative on their work pushing for UA of domain names.

SPEAKERS:

Nabil Benamar | Chair, Measurement Working Group, Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Sarika Gulyani | Chair, India Universal Acceptance Local Initiative

Sarmad Hussain | Senior Director, IDNs and UA Programs, ICANN

11:30 - 11:35 UTC

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Thank attendees for their attendance, and conclude the forum.

SPEAKER:

Baher Esmat | Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement - Middle East and Managing Director Middle East and Africa, ICANN