[menog] The Fourth Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum to Take Place in Cairo, Egypt

Fahd Batayneh fahd.batayneh at icann.org
Wed May 10 12:43:50 UTC 2017


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN<https://www.icann.org/>), in partnership with the Internet Society (ISOC<http://www.internetsociety.org/>), is organizing the fourth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum<http://cairo2017.mednsf.org/en/>. The event, hosted by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA<http://www.tra.gov.eg/en/SitePages/default.aspx>) of Egypt, will take place on 22 and 23 May under the theme "Strengthening Digitial Presence in the Middle East".

The Forum will cover topics related to the global domain marketplace, with regional perspectives from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and new industry trends resulting from the introduction of over 1000 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Other topics to be covered will include the regional digital economy, hosting businesses and entrepreneurship in Egypt, and the role of women in the tech industry.

Cherine Chalaby, Vice-Chairman of the ICANN Board, and Akram Atallah, President of ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD), will be giving keynote speeches at the forum's opening session. The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser El-Kady<http://www.mcit.gov.eg/Minister_Biography> will also address the audience at the opening ceremony along with officials from the NTRA and ISOC.

The objective of this annual event is to bring together interested parties from the region 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. The forum provides participants with an opportunity to:

  *   Interact with ICANN leadership and industry experts on recent developments and top trends in the global domain industry
  *   Discuss various business, technical and policy aspects of the domain industry
  *   Learn about new approaches to establish and expand commercial online presence

This edition of the Middle East DNS Forum builds on the previous forums held across the region, namely in the UAE (2014), Jordan (2015) and Tunisia (2016). By holding the forum in different parts of the Middle East, ICANN aims to provide equal opportunity to inform the region's different communities about the domain industry and engage with them on how best to strengthen the Middle East's digital presence.

ICANN is committed to helping develop a stronger and dynamic regional domain industry, and we look forward to this fourth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum.

The agenda<http://cairo2017.mednsf.org/en/agenda/> and full list of speakers<http://cairo2017.mednsf.org/en/speakers/> are available at the forum's website<http://cairo2017.mednsf.org/en/>.

You can register for the event here<https://registration.icann.org/register.php?id=MEDNSFEG2017>.

Remote participation<http://cairo2017.mednsf.org/en/remote-participation/> will be available to those interested in participating, but unable to attend. The link will be provided as the event approaches.
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