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The Eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum 2020 Goes Virtual

07-Jul-2020 | Source : ICANN | Visits : 2091
ISTANBUL – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced in a press release that the eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, which was to be held in Dakar/ Senegal under the auspices of Senegal Network Information Center with the support of the government of Senegal, will now be held virtually. This decision was made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The meeting, scheduled for 27-28 July 2020, is an annual open event for stakeholders in the domain name industry in Africa organized by Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD), the Africa Registrar Association (AfRegistrar), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

This year, the Africa DNS Forum has been restructured to adapt to the virtual platform, with a total of four sessions that will be spread over a two-day period. Each session will be two hours long and will cover thematic topics focused on policy, technical, and marketing, as well as emerging issues under the current pandemic and other emergencies.

Holding this meeting virtually will provide the opportunity to test the resilience of the infrastructure in the region. Remote participation will be available through Zoom and live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. To register and learn more about the Africa DNS Forum, please click here.

The first edition of the Forum was held in Durban, South Africa in 2013. Since then the model has been replicated in the Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific regions. The Forum has also been held in Abuja, Nigeria (2014); Nairobi Kenya (2015); Marrakech, Morocco (2016); Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (2017); Cotonou, Benin (2018); and Gaborone, Botswana (2019).

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