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Agenda


All times shown are Saudi Local Time (UTC+3.00)

Technical Track

TIME SESSION NAME DESCRIPTION AND SPEAKER RECORDINGS
11.00 – 11.45 Opening Ceremony

Master of Ceremony: Baher Esmat | Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement – Middle East & Managing Director – Middle East & Africa, ICANN (MEA)

Speakers:

  • Mohammed bin Saud AlTamimi | Governor, CITC
  • Göran Marby | President and CEO, ICANN
  • Manal Ismail | GAC Chair, ICANN
Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio
11.45 – 12.30 Keynote: The DNS of Tomorrow

This session will provide insight into:

  • The current DNS landscape and ecosystem
  • Emerging standards such as DNS over HTTPS (DoH), and DNS over TLS (DoT) amongst others, and their effect on the DNS
  • Emerging technologies and their effect on the DNS

Speakers: David Conrad | Chief Technology Officer, ICANN

Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio
12.30 – 14.00 Break
14.00 – 15.00 Panel: Growing Demand for DNS Security

Industry expert speakers will be sharing their experiences in keeping the DNS secure and resilient from deploying DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), to discussing the latest DNS security trends and related efforts to mitigate threats to the DNS.

Speakers:

Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio
15.00 – 15.30 Presentation: Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR)

ICANN’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) project is a system for studying and reporting on domain name registration and security threat (domain abuse) behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries, both generic and country codes. The presentation will look at the purpose of DAAR in analyzing security threat activity that can then be later used by the ICANN community to facilitate informed policy decisions.

Speaker:Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob | Lead Security, Stability, and Resiliency Specialist, ICANN

Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio

 

 

 

Domain Industry Track

TIME SESSION NAME DESCRIPTION AND SPEAKERS RECORDINGS
11.00 – 11.30 Presentation: The Origin and Growth of New gTLDs

This presentation will look at the origin of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) since 2012, their introduction into the DNS, and the ongoing policy development process in relation to the subsequent round of new gTLDs.

Speaker: Rafik Dammak | Manager, NTT Ltd.

Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio
11.30 – 12.30 Panel: The Domain Name Business: What Does it Look Like?

The diverse panel of industry experts will bring their perspectives on the domain name industry as it stands today; and the growth opportunities possible in providing new and innovative services.

Speakers:

  • Mukesh Chulani | gTLD Accounts Senior Manager, ICANN (Moderator)
  • Michelle Neylon | CEO and Founder, Blacknight
  • Munir Badr | Founder and CEO, AE Server
  • Raedene McGary | Chief Operating Officer, Uni Naming and Registry
  • Tom Barrett | President, EnCirca Inc.
Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio
12.30 – 14.00 Break
14.00 – 15.00 Panel: The Challenges Facing the Regional Domain Name Industry

The diverse expert panel will look into the challenges facing the domain name industry in the Middle East, and share their insight and best practices from their experiences in their field and locations.

Speakers:

  • Seher Sagiroglu | GSE Regional Specialist for Middle East and Africa, ICANN (Moderator)
  • Abdelrahman Almarzouqi | Director of Cybersecurity, TRA UAE (.AE)
  • Amr Elsadr | Policy Consultant – Registry Services, Uni Naming and Registry
  • Giovanni Seppia | External Relations Manager, EURid
  • Mohammad Zeidan | General Manager – MENA, GoDaddy Registry
Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio
15.00 – 15.30 Presentation: Approaches to Mitigating DNS Abuse

This session intends to shed light on the focus and goals of the recently established DNS Abuse Institute by the Public Interest Registry (PIR); the operator of .ORG.

Speakers: Graeme Bunton | Director, DNS Abuse Institute, Public Interest Registry (PIR)

Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio

 

 

IDNs / Universal Acceptance Track

TIME SESSION NAME DESCRIPTION AND SPEAKERS RECORDINGS
11.00 – 12.30 Moderator: Fahd Batayneh | Stakeholder Engagement Sr. Manager – Middle East, ICANN
11.00 – 11.30 Presentation: The Journey for Supporting the Arabic Language in Domain Names

SaudiNIC share’s their experience over the years in supporting the Arabic language’s use in domain names.

Speaker: Ali Alhoshaiyan | DNS Researcher, CITC

11.30 – 12.00 Presentation: The IDN World Report 2020

Key findings from the IDN World Report 2020 will be presented.

Speaker: Emily Taylor | Director, Oxford Internet Labs (OXIL)

Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio
12.00 – 12.30 Presentation: IDN Variant Top-Level Domains

This presentation will explain what Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Variant TLDs are, and share insights into the work undertaken by ICANN organization and the ICANN community.

Speaker: Sarmad Hussain | Senior Director, IDN and UA Programs, ICANN

12.30 – 14.00 Break
14.00 – 15.30 Panel: Universal Acceptance Challenges and Solutions

The panel will provide an update on ongoing efforts to address the Universal Acceptance of all domain names and email addresses. It will also look at ways the regional community can contribute to these efforts. 

The Domain Name System (DNS) has changed dramatically over the last decade. There are now more than 1,200 active generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and some of these include domains that use non-Latin scripts and that are longer than three characters (e.g. .ไทย, .شبكة, .SPORT). 

Universal Acceptance is a cornerstone to a digitally inclusive Internet by ensuring all domain names and email addresses – in any language, script, or character length (e.g., .عرب .рф, .PHOTOGRAPHY) – are accepted equally by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems.

Speakers:

Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio
15.30 – 15.45 Closing Ceremony

Speakers:

  • Raed Al-Fayez | Deputy governor for Information Technology and Emerging Technologies, CITC
  • Baher Esmat | Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement – Middle East & Managing Director – Middle East & Africa, ICANN
Video
Arabic Audio
English Audio
Turkish Audio

 

 

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.