What can African registries and registrars do to grow the domain name business in Africa? What role can the African governments play to empower registries and registrars? What can be learnt from successful registries and registrars operating outside Africa and adapted to strengthen their African counterparts? How can cross-border collaborations be setup to strengthen the African DNS Industry? What policies can be implemented to ensure a robust domain name industry? What are the processes that should be implemented to support a structured ccTLD framework? What are the provisions that should exist in order to ensue trust amongst registrants?
These are some of the many questions that are planned for discussion at the first Africa DNS Forum to be held July 12-13, 2013, in Durban, South Africa, just prior to the ICANN 47 event the following week. The DNS Forum is organized by AfTLD and sponsored by the Internet Society and ICANN and is looking to be quite a good event with a program agenda very focused on how to grow business usage of the Internet within Africa.
I (Dan York) will be there attending the event and am looking forward to speaking with people from the region. I’ll be moderating one of the panels and will also be looking to talk to people informally about DNSSEC and how we can get more African ccTLDs using DNSSEC. I’ll also be encouraging people to attend the DNSSEC workshops that will be part of the ICANN 47 event the following week.
If you are already planning to be in Durban for ICANN 47 I’d encourage you to come a few days early and attend this DNS Forum. Registration is open to all interested.