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Domain Name System (DNS)

Africa DNS Forum: Taking Stock and Planning Ahead

The 5th Africa Domain Names System (DNS) Forum was successfully closed on 28 July after three days of insightful reflections on the Africa DNS Industry and the business opportunities it can provide. This forum follows on the success of previous fora that have taken place in Africa over the past few years – namely South Africa in 2013, Nigeria in 2014, Kenya in 2015, and Morocco in 2016. 
 
Organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Society, and Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD) and hosted by the Tanzania Network Information Centre (TzNIC), this year’s event was held under the theme “Taking stock of the Africa DNS Industry and planning ahead.” The official opening of the event was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Works, Transport, and Communications of Tanzania, Acting Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Chairperson of TISPA, Chairperson of TzNIC, the Africa VP Stakeholder for Engagement from ICANN, and the Internet Society. The session received major media coverage followed by a media briefing round-table for all the organizing partners and one-to-one interviews in English and Swahili.
 
The Internet Society staff participated in a number of panel discussions over the course of the 3 days and provided live-streaming support for the entire event. The event was remotely followed by 2160 unique views on Livestream and 392 unique views on Facebook live.
 
ZACR who manage the. Za and. Africa Top Level Domain Names also contributed to the DNS Forum by delegating the domain name “dnsforum.africa” to the event which was used for the event website http://dnsforum.africa .
 
During the meeting, the Africa DNS Market Report was launched. The report highlights the strengths and weaknesses in the Domain Name Service (DNS) sector in Africa, develops recommendations on how to maximize opportunities available and address identified challenges, and explores options for monitoring the growth, development, and emerging needs of the DNS market in Africa. One of the main takeaways of the meeting was the need to create working groups to deal with emerging issues relating to DNS in Africa such as blockchain, payment gateways, DNS Observatory, and localization of the DNS Forums.

You can learn more about the Africa DNS Forum here.

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Building Trust Domain Name System (DNS) Improving Technical Security

Collaborative security is how we build that trust in the Internet's infrastructure – Remarks at the Africa DNS Forum 2016

Today Kathy Brown spoke as part of the formal opening session of the Africa DNS Forum 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.   You are invited to read her remarks below, to read our Collaborative Security framework and to join with us in working to create a more open and trusted Internet.


Thank you, for inviting me to speak on this opening panel. I want to acknowledge and thank my dear colleague Dawit Bekele and to the African Bureau staff.  I am sure you appreciated as I do, the extraordinary work of Michuki, Kevin and Betel at this meeting. 

As we all know, The Internet is an open, distributed system –an ecosystem of multiple, overlaying networks, devices, applications, people, commercial and governmental interests. It is capable of supporting a wide range of demands for its use. There is no limitation on the applications or services that make use of it.

The network of networks that is the Internet is global in reach; any endpoint of the Internet can address any other end points.  AND it supports permission-less innovation.

This general purpose, global network has already changed the world; it is changing Africa.

But above all, the Internet is a shining example of partnership. It is a partnership in action:

  • It takes all of us to make the Internet what it is.
  • It needs multiple voices to guide it and sustain it.
  • It benefits from the involvement of different stakeholders.
  • It’s a shared resource that spans the globe.

And, as a reflection of the Internet Society’s own beliefs, the Internet is there for everyone, everywhere.

This central idea of partnership goes to the very heart of the Internet and is what gives it its strength.

This Africa DNS Forum is the result of this kind thriving partnership – in this case between 3 organizations (ICANN, AFrican Top Level Domain Association, ISOC).

It is a realization of how strong partnerships and a collaborative foundation have the ability to achieve significant goals.

As part of the African Technical community, you are the champions of the kind of bottom up collaboration and cooperation that is the Internet Way. As Africa continues to make further strides in building its Internet economy, we must help our governments and our business partners understand and adopt this collaborative approach because it is vital for success –  in all matters of Internet Governance.

So, let’s focus on security.

Cybersecurity is a leading issue on the global Internet agenda, including in Africa. I was most impressed by the security experts at this Forum who spoke at the last breakout session. I hope I can build here on their on-the-ground understanding of what Africa needs for Africa.

Last year, the Internet Society put forth an approach that we call Collaborative Security.  With respect to security challenges, we suggest a mindset with 5 precepts, if you will:

  1. Focus on solutions that build confidence and trust in the Internet and protect opportunity for economic and social prosperity, rather than focusing simply on preventing perceived harm and attacks.
  2. Accept that the security of the Internet is a shared responsibility and that we will only all be secure when we are ensuring we are not just protecting ourselves but our neighbors.
  3. Ensure that security solutions preserve the fundamental open nature of the Internet and fundamental human rights and values (ex. privacy, freedom of expression).
  4. Build flexible solutions that are grounded in experience, developed by consensus and that will evolve to meet whatever new threats emerge.
  5. Target solutions that can be implemented by people at the closest point where they can have the most impact.  Think globally but yet act locally.

This community, the DNS community, has a major role to play in advancing Collaborative Security by making the DNS ecosystem more secure BOTH through the implementation of DNSSEC AND in advocating for technology, practices and vigilance with wider issues 

Indeed, I believe that at the beginning of the 21st century, Africa enjoys an historic opportunity – the possibility to build the Internet that Africa needs for its’ future. To employ best practices to build it better in Africa. To build it stronger in Africa.

Africa has a chance to leapfrog technology and constraints, and to create an Internet that helps to solve local as well as global problems. It has a chance to build and demonstrate what the world is seeking: technology and policy solutions that strike a normative balance that promotes security while also respecting the autonomy of online users.

Together, we need to expand the circle of stakeholders who care about the deployment of an open, trusted, resilient Internet. Who know that we must have an Internet that is BOTH secure and OPEN; where users TRUST that the Internet is a tool for individual and community empowerment and prosperity where access, protection of privacy and of their data is the of the highest priority for governments, business, investors and innovators.

At ISOC, we firmly believe that the Internet needs Africa just as much as Africa needs the Internet.

Collaborative security is how we build that trust in the Internet’s infrastructure.

My hope is that DNS stakeholders here will deepen their collaboration and explore ways to build new and strengthen existing partnerships in order to grow the DNS space in Africa.

As I have said elsewhere, the Internet on the great continent of Africa is at a tipping point. Infrastructure is being built, Internet communities are forming, users are accessing the Internet in greater numbers, investment is starting to happen.  Now is the perfect moment to strengthen this Forum, to confidently embrace the challenges that opportunity presents: greater collaboration on security, faster progress on getting it right, on creating a robust environment for the Internet and for this industry to grow and flourish in Africa.  We at ISOC are excited by the possibilities and grateful to be your partners,

Thank you to all!

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Deploy360 Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)

DNSSEC and DANE Activities at ICANN 55 and Africa DNS Forum in Marrakech March 5-10

ICANN 55 logoStarting this Friday, March 4, I’ll be in Marrakech, Morocco, for a great bit of DNS security discussions at two events:

There will be some great introductions to DNSSEC and DANE – and some outstanding technical presentations on Wednesday.  Two important changes from previous ICANN meetings:

  1. The “DNSSEC For Everybody” tutorial is now on Sunday instead of the usual Monday.
  2. The “DNSSEC Workshop” will be live streamed over YouTube in addition to the usual Adobe Connect (links are included below).

You can also follow along live on most social networks using these hashtags: #AfricaDNSForum, #ICANN55, #DNSSEC.

I also note at the end of the schedule below that I’ll be briefing ICANN staff and interested board members about the MANRS initiative to secure BGP and reduce IP spoofing as part of the Technical Experts Group (TEG) meeting at ICANN 55.

In addition to all of this technical and security work happening at ICANN 55, we at the Internet Society will also be extremely focused on the IANA Stewardship Transition process.  Please read this post from my colleague Konstantinos Komaitis where he explains why this upcoming meeting will be such a critical milestone.

Here are the  main activities – remote participation is available for all of them except one. Do note that all times are Western European Time (WET) which is the same as UTC.


Africa DNS Forum: Panel on DNS Tools

On Saturday, March 5, from 14:00 – 15:30 I will be talking about DNSSEC and DANE in a panel about “DNS and Internet Security Tools: DNSSEC, IPv6 and DANE“. The live stream will be available at:
http://livestream.com/internetsociety/africadnsforum2016


Africa DNS Forum: Panel on emerging trends in DNS security

On Sunday, March 6, from 11:00 – 12:45 my colleague Michuki Mwangi will be moderating a panel on “Emerging Trends in DNS Security“. The live stream will be available at:
http://livestream.com/internetsociety/africadnsforum2016

I will be in the audience listening to what looks to be a great set of panelists.


DNSSEC For Everybody: A Beginner’s Guide

On Sunday, March 6, we’ll have the regular “DNSSEC For Everybody: A Beginner’s Guide” session from 16:45 – 18:15  where we’ll do our “skit” dramatizing DNS and DNSSEC. If you have been seeking to understand WHY this all matters, do join in to see! You can watch it remotely (or watch the archive later) at:

https://meetings.icann.org/en/marrakech55/schedule/sun-dnssec-everybody

And yes, I’ll be talking about blue smoke as I usually do – and this time I get to have a role in the skit!

NOTE: This session has historically taken place on the Monday afternoon of each ICANN meeting, but it was changed to Sunday as of this meeting as ICANN is in the process of consolidating tutorials on the Sunday of the event.


DNSSEC Implementers Gathering

On Monday, many of us who have been involved with deploying DNSSEC or DANE will travel to a nearby restaurant for the “DNSSEC Implementers Gathering” for food, drink and conversation from 19:00-20:00 IST.

Many thanks to Afilias for sponsoring the event.  This is the one event where there is no remote participation possible.


DNSSEC Workshop

As usual, the main event will be the DNSSEC Workshop on Wednesday, March 9, from 9:00 to 15:15 WET.

Remote participation information, slides, the agenda and more info can be found at:

https://meetings.icann.org/en/marrakech55/schedule/wed-dnssec

At the event the workshop will also be streamed live via YouTube at:

The sessions will be recorded on both YouTube and Adobe Connect if you would like to listen to them later. Slides will be posted to the workshop page before the event begins.

Thank you to Afilias, CIRA, Dyn and SIDN for sponsoring the DNSSEC Workshop series in 2016.

The current agenda includes:

0900-0915 – DNSSEC Workshop Introduction, Program, Deployment Around the World – Counts, Counts, Counts

  • Dan York, Internet Society
0915-0930 – Presentation: Update on the ‘Sunset’ of the DNSSEC Look-aside Validation Registry (DLV)

  • Victoria Risk, Internet Systems Consortium (ISC)
0930-1045 – Panel Discussion: DNSSEC Activities in the African Region

  • Moderator: Mark Elkins, DNS/ZACR
  • Panelists:
    • Alain Aina, AfriNIC
    • Landi Ahmed, KeNIC
    • Alex Corenthin and Khoudia Gueye Sy, .SN
    • Eberhard Lisse, .NA
1045-1100 – Break
1100-1130 –Presentation: DNSSEC SIGNER Switchover

  • Alain Aina, AfriNIC
1130-1200 – Presentation: DNSSEC At Scale

  • Dani Grant, Cloudflare
1200-1230 – Great DNS/DNSSEC Quiz

  • Dan York, Internet Society, presenting questions developed by Roy Ahrens, ICANN
1230-1315 – Lunch Break
1315-1415 – Panel Discussion: DNSSEC and Elliptic Curve Cryptography

  • Moderator and panelist: Dan York, Internet Society
  • Panelists:
    • Geoff Huston, APNIC
    • Jim Galvin, Afilias
    • Ólafur Guðmundsson, CloudFlare
    • Ondřej Surý, CZNIC
1415-1500 – Panel Discussion:  DNSSEC Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover

  • Moderator: Russ Mundy, Parsons
  • Panelists
    • ICANN Root KSK Rollover Design Team members
    • Warren Kumari, Google
1500-1515 – Presentation: DNSSEC – How Can I Help?

  • Russ Mundy, Parsons and Dan York, Internet Society

ICANN Board with Technical Experts Group

After the 6+ hours of the DNSSEC Workshop are over, I’ll then head over to the meeting of the Technical Experts Group (TEG) from 15:30 – 17:00 where will I will be participating in the discussions meant to advise the ICANN staff and interested ICANN Board members about emerging trends in technology.  Toward the end of the session I will be presenting for about 15 minutes on the MANRS initiative to secure BGP and reduce IP spoofing in order to make the Internet’s routing infrastructure more resilient and secure.

Remote participation is available through the links found on the session page:

https://meetings.icann.org/en/marrakech55/schedule/wed-board-technical


If you will be there at either the Africa DNS Forum 2016 or  ICANN 55 please do say hello – you can find me in these sessions… or drop me a note at york@isoc.org and we can arrange a time to connect.

And … if you want to get started with DNSSEC and DANE, please visit our Start Here page to find resources that can help!

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Domain Name System (DNS)

Réservez ces dates! 4ème édition du forum de système de noms de domaine africain (DNS) en Mars 2016

Rejoignez-nous pour les 3 jours de partage d’informations, d’apprentissage et de networking à l’occasion de la 4ème édition du forum de système de noms de domaine africain de l’an 2016!

Date: 4-6 mars 2016
Pays: Marrakech, Maroc

Qu’est-ce le forum de système de noms de domaine africain?

Le forum de système de noms de domaine africain est un évènement annuel ouvert pour toutes les parties prenantes de l’industrie de noms de domaine en Afrique, organisé par l’organisation des domaines africaines de premier niveau (AfTLD), la Société pour l’attribution des noms de domaine et des numéros sur Internet (ICANN) et l’Internet Society.

L’objectif de cet évènement de 3 jours est d’aider l’industrie de noms de domaine africain en Afrique à se développer à une vitesse compétitive et à assurer que le continent soit sur un pied d’égalité avec le reste du monde.

Qui devrait y participer?

Les registres, les opérateurs de registre, les revendeurs, ceux qui se sont enregistrés, les experts de système de noms, les représentants de Gouvernements, les décideurs politiques provenant de la région africaine et d’au-delà ainsi que les entrepreneurs intéressés à investir dans le cadre du nom de domaine africain. L’évènement sera co-hébergé avec ICANN 55.

Pourquoi y participer?

Plus de 200 personnes issues des milieux technique, commercial et gouvernemental de l’Afrique entière prendront part à ce forum  à multiples parties prenantes. Lors de ces réunions se tiendront plusieurs discussions intéressantes mettant en évidence les opportunités de l’industrie  de noms de domaine en Afrique. Cette version représentera la 4ème édition du forum venant après les éditions de Durban, en Afrique du Sud (2013), d’Abuja, au Nigeria (2014) et de Nairobi, au Kenya (2015). 

Rejoignez-nous et contribuez votre part pour l’avenir de l’Industrie de noms de domaine en Afrique !

Pour plus de renseignement merci de visiter ici

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Domain Name System (DNS)

Save the date! 4th Africa DNS Forum in March 2016

Join us for the 3 days of sharing, learning and networking at the 4th Africa Domain Name System- DNS Forum 2016!

Date: 4-6 March 2016
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Venue: Hotel Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa
Event page:  https://dev.internetsociety.org/events/africa-domain-name-system-dns-forum-2016

What is the Africa DNS Forum?

The Africa Domain Name System Forum is an annual open event for stakeholders in the Domain Name Industry in Africa organized by Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Society. The objective of the three-day event is to help the African domain name industry in Africa to grow at a competitive rate and ensure that the continent is on par with the rest of the world.

Who should attend?

Registries, registrars, resellers, registrants DNS experts, government representatives, policy makers from the African region and beyond as well as entrepreneurs interested in investing in the African Domain Name space. The event will be co-hosted with ICANN 55.

Why should you attend?

More that 200 technical people, business people and government representatives drawn from all over Africa will take part in this multi stakeholder Forum where they will be leading interesting discussions highlighting opportunities in the African Domain Name industry. This will be the fourth African DNS Forum following events in Durban, South Africa (2013), Abuja, Nigeria (2014) and Nairobi, Kenya (2015).

So Join us and make your contributions to the future of the African DNS Industry! 

For more information please visit the event website.

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Open Internet Standards Technology

Taking the Internet for Granted

The availability of the Internet, the ubiquity of IP, is something the current generation of ICT professionals takes for granted. Having global reach when their applications and services are connected to the Internet is something that is as logical as the sun coming up in the morning and setting at night. It’s a sign of success, but also has consequences for the future.

Last week I visited Nairobi, Kenya to attend the African DNS forum, the Nairobi Intercommunity 2015 Hub, and to have conversations with students and innovators. What follows are some impressions from my visit to the United States International University in Nairobi where Prof. Meoli Kashorda from the Kenya Education Network (KENET) invited about 300 university students from 24 universities around the country for a public lecture about the Internet.

In a room bursting with ambition, I spoke about Internet architecture and talked about the Internet Invariants. I think that a majority of the students – only one of which had not used the Internet in the hour proceeding the meeting – had not really appreciated the foundational nature of the innovative freedom of the Internet. That, when they develop an application and want to deploy it on the Internet, they do not have to ask anybody for permission; that their application has instant global reach; and that, in order to maintain those properties, real work is being done in the policy and technical spheres.

I talked about Open Standards as technical building blocks and the fact that in some cases collaboration through standardization may bring competitive advantage. Or put differently, that the Internet is about competition where possible and collaboration where needed. I took some time to explain the workings of the IETF and talked about the Code Match initiative that is currently being developed. Code Match is a dating service between specifications and developers that has a great potential to draw in young talents.

While the Internet’s plumbing may not directly be on the radar of these students, it is definitely on the radar of our KENET host, Prof. Kashorda. At the end of the session he offered a travel grant for a talented student to attend a future IETF. I strongly believe that these sorts of initiatives are helping to create a mindset that the Internet’s invariants will not be invariants when they are not being maintained. This is the sort of initiative that strengthens the global and local Internet community.

Deep bow.

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Domain Name System (DNS)

Africa seeks to grow DNS business, consumer usage

On July 6th, 200 techies, business people and government representatives gathered in Nairobi, for the third Africa Domain Name System Forum, seeking to deepen engagement and grow interest in the region.

The participants, drawn from 28 countries, tackled issues such as: how do we make the forum more business oriented? How do we attract more participants? And how do we grow the overall usage and interest in DNS services?

The well-attended forum was opened by Eng. Francis Wangusi, Director General, Communications Authority of Kenya, and a keynote speech by Mr. Olaf Kolkman, CTO at the Internet Society.  


In his keynote address, Kolkman took the participants through security and DNS and why it is important for registry operators to embrace it. He also highlighted trust issues and what happens when users lose trust in service providers. The technically in depth speech emphasised the role of security in DNS growth.

A panel comprising the following notable Africans highlighted the opening ceremony:

  • Dr. Paulos Nyirenda  (President Africa Top Level Domains Organization),
  • Dawit Bekele (Director of the Internet Society’s African Regional Bureau),
  • Pierre Dandjinou  (Vice President Stakeholder Engagement ICANN).

In his speech, Mr. Wangusi welcomed the participants, highlighting the support the Communications Authority gives to the meeting. Moreover, Bekele highlighted the opportunities presented by the Internet in Africa, and the progress the continent has made.

“More and more Africans are also getting the Internet as indicated in the Internet Development and Internet Governance in Africa Report that the Internet Society released last month. The report indicates that from 2009 to 2014, Internet penetration in Africa grew 4 folds from 5% to 20%,” Bekele said in his speech. “This tremendous success has allowed Africa to shrink its gap with the rest of the world. Some countries, such as Kenya, are not only closing the gap but reaching connectivity and penetration levels that have nothing to envy from the developed world.”

The theme: “The future of Africa’s Domain Name Industry; Opportunities and Challenges”, seemed to befit the meeting with the first topic after the opening ceremony dealing with strategies for growing the African Domain Name Reseller market.


The issue of cost has dominated DNS conversations in Africa, and in this forum, participants explored the issue of cost versus competition in increasing reseller domain name sales for ccTLDs.

Participants discussed whether having a healthy competitive registrar market can lead to increased domain name sales or whether cost is a major factor. The discussions indicated that a balance of cost, marketing and technical resilience was important in increasing and sustaining sales.

In marketing, Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR, the .za registry shared examples of how registrar involvement in marketing campaigns, advertising and providing value proposition for users had helped the .za registry in increasing sales and uptake for the ccTLD and the new gTLDs for the cities of Cape Town (.capetown), Durban (.durban) and Joburg (.joburg).

The afternoon of the second day of the meeting included two concurrent sessions. One of the sessions focused on Marketing strategies for registries and registrars and this session was moderated by Mr. Andrew Mack of PIR who shared his experience of marketing the .ngo and .ong top level domains, and Mr. Ali Hussein from the Kenyan IT and DNS industry. The second concurrent session focused on DNSSEC and was moderated by Mr. Yaovi Atohun of ICANN with Mr. Olaf Kolkman and Mr. Mark Elkins sharing their experience on technical management and design of DNSSEC architecture for ccTLD registries.

Security, resilience and redundancy is a key issue in the public’s decision to buy a certain domain. An example was given of how the .ke registry was offline for five hours because the person who could help was in a different time zone. The parties involved in bringing the registry back up shared the steps they took and lessons learnt.

On the same issue of emerging trends in DNS security, DNS Africa shared their experience in implementing registry failover, redundancy and disaster recovery with emphasis that there are documents detailing how to bring the registry back up, in case of any outage.

The evening of the second day was concluded with a Gala dinner at which the Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Technology (which had endorsed the event) – Mr. Joseph Tiampat ole Musuni was in attendance and thanked the audience for attending the DNS Forum.


On the last day, the highlight was a discussion on the multistakeholder model, who are the various stakeholders at the country level, ICANN level and the current debate on IANA Transition and what it means to Africa.

During the closing ceremony, optimism was expressed that DNS business in Africa will get better as more investment in infrastructure reaches more areas in the various countries. The online platform registered more than 1,000 unique visits, and there were more than 260 wifi users with the Internet peaking at 360mbps. Liquid Telecom sponsored connectivity for the event providing 1 Gbps connectivity with both IPv4 and IPv6 available. Liquid also hosted the DNS Forum delegates at their offices and organized a tour of the massive East Africa Data Center on the evening of the final day.

The forum was hosted by KENIC and organized in partnership with the Internet Society, the AFTLD and ICANN.

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Growing the Internet

Starts Monday: Third Africa DNS Forum to Take Place in Nairobi

Technology experts from Africa and beyond will gather in Nairobi between July 6th and 8th, for the third Africa Domain Name System Forum.

This year, the event has brought together experts in the domain name industry, business experts and policy makers, seeking to explore ways to grow Africa’s Domain Name Space. The meeting will build on the success of the inaugural DNS forum in 2013 in Durban and the follow up event in Abuja last year.

Under the theme: The future of Africa’s Domain Name Industry; Opportunities and challenges”, the event is hosted by KENIC, in partnership with the Africa Top Level Domain ( AFTLD), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( ICANN) and the Internet Society (ISOC).

The event will discuss issues regarding securing Africa’s domain name space, growing African registries, increasing reseller domain name sales, success stories in marketing country code Top Level Domains, and emerging trends in DNS security, among other topics.

The opening session is likely to elicit debate and set the tone for the three-day discussion, given the speakers on the panel. The speakers on the panel include:

  • Dr. Paulos Nyirenda- President Africa Top Level Domains Organization
  • Dr. Dawit Bekele- Internet Society, Director of the African Regional Bureau
  • Mr. Pierre Dandjinou- Vice President Stakeholder Engagement ICANN
  • Eng. Francis W. Wangusi- MBS- Director General, Communications Authority of Kenya
  • Mr. Joseph Tiampati Ole Musuni- Principal Secretary, Ministry for Information and Communication of Kenya

Africa’s DNS industry is stymied by several challenges and the forum provides an avenue to foster cross-border collaborations between registries, registrars, registrants, and other stake holders as well as provide a forum for the entire domain name industry and community to interact, share and learn from each other and from similar organizations from within and outside the continent.

Photo: "It's all ones and zeros" © Ivan Plata CC BY-NC 2.0
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Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)

The 3rd Africa DNS forum comes to Kenya

This year, the 3rd Africa DNS forum will be hosted by the Kenya Network Information Center (KENIC), from 6-8 July 2015, at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi, under the theme: “The future of Africa’s Domain Name Industry; Opportunities and challenges”.

The Africa DNS Forum is a yearly event organized under the Internet Society Africa Regional Bureau’s ccTLD and DNSSEC program. The main objective of the ccTLD and DNSSEC program is to improve the technical and governance operation levels in African ccTLD registries. A ccTLD study on African registries is also being carried out under the program this year.

The forum which is in its 3rd year following successful forums in Durban, South Africa (2013), and Abuja, Nigeria (2014), is organized in partnership with the Africa Top Level Domain (AFTLD) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The Africa DNS Forum brings together ccTLD registries, registrars, and stakeholders from Africa and around the world to share, learn, interact and discuss ways of how the African Domain Name Space can be improved.

More information

More about the event
Information on the Agenda will be made available in the coming weeks
For more information, please email: info@dnsforum.or.ke