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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

ICANN’s first DNS-Entrepreneurship roadshow kicks off in EMEA

 The Los Angeles-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has commenced its first-ever Domain Name System (DNS) Roadshow in the Europe, Middle East and Africa, reports ITRealms.

This is coming as the series of workshop DNS-Entrepreneurship Center’s (DNS-EC) enters the second year.

Communications Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at ICANN, Ms Luna Madi said the the DNS-EC, a partnership between ICANN and Egypt's National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), aims to contribute to the evolution of the domain name sector in Africa and the Middle East through a series of workshops. 

According to her, the workshop entitled “SWOT Workshop for National DNS Markets,” serves as seminars aimed at developing expertise in the DNS business related areas, and provide resources to support the implementation of initiatives and projects in this field. 

The Domain Name System (DNS), she said, helps users find their way around the Internet. 

“The DNS matches domain names, which we use to access the Internet, with numeric addresses (IP addresses), which digital devices use to communicate with each other. It’s very much like how a phone book matches names to phone numbers,” she said in a press statement made available to ITRealms.

Equally, ITRealms gathered that four workshops have been planned from this month until the end of the year, 2015, with the first two scheduled to hold this October.

One in Tunis, Tunisia, with the collaboration of partners like the Tunisie Internet (ATI), she said, would take place from Thursday through Friday, 8-9 October 2015.

This, ICANN official said, would be followed by a second workshop, to be hosted by Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) in Doha, Qatar between 11-12 October 2015.

The objective of the workshops, she said, is to construct a Strategic Plan for ccTLD Registry based on a SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) analysis of the country’s DNS market. 

Potential attendees, Madi said would include ccTLD managers, IDN ccTLD manager, and the Registrars/Resellers in the respective countries, stressing the two workshops would be conducted in partnership with EnCirca Domain Name Registrar and Startingdot Registry

“We are very excited about this road show. It comes at just the right time, as the DNS-EC enters its second year and becomes more proactive in addressing the needs of the DNS community by expanding its outreach and building the necessary infrastructure across Africa and the Middle East.”

ITRealms gathered that the DNS Entrepreneurship Center (DNS-EC) which debut in June 2014, during ICANN50 in London, is an important milestone, materializing the plans set out by the Middle East Strategy for ICANN, to serve communities in Africa and the Middle East.
The project is a partnership with Egypt’s NTRA, and is being implemented in three phases – Foundation (1 July 2014-30 June 2015), Launch (1 July 2015-30 June 2017) and Operation (On-going). 
+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) 
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