ZA and .africa showcased at Middle East DNS Forum
The Middle East DNS Forum is currently taking place in Dubai, UAE, and is hosted by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE. Jointly organised by ICANN and ISOC, the forum serves as an invaluable networking opportunity for the DNS industry.
Delegates from governments, ccTLD and gTLD Registries, Registrars, and commerce are attending the meeting with the aim of building bridges and sharing experiences between interested parties in the region and global experts in the DNS field.
The ZA Central Registry (ZACR), the Registry Operator for the .co.za; net.za; web.za and org.za second level domains (SLDs); as well as the .za regulator – the ZA Domain Authority (ZADNA) – are in attendance after being invited to the meeting by ICANN.
According to Vika Mpisane, CEO of ZADNA: “We have spent a great deal of effort on positioning the .ZA Top Level Domain (TLD) as both an operational excellence centre and thought leader in the DNS industry. That .ZA was invited to the Middle East DNS Forum bears testimony to this. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight .ZA and the many initiatives it is involved in.”
He added: “Events like this also help us to better understand developments in the Middle Eastern and non-ASCII domain name communities.”
The Internet now has variations that allow non-ASCII language in the form of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) scripts to be part of Top Level Domains. This demands that Domain Name Regulators and Registry Operators have a better understanding of the non-ASCII domains so that all stakeholders can play their part in supporting the global Internet and ensure its security and stability.
The ZACR, for its part, is not only involved in the African Union Commission (AUC) led .Africa initiative but also in the .Durban, .CapeTown and .Joburg initiatives.
The ZACR is one of the few ccTLDs that have managed to take advantage of the ICANN new gTLD process by accepting the reality of offering alternative domain products that compliment and enhance the .ZA product offering.
The Middle East DNS forum will cover topics such as New gTLDs, Registry strategies for domain name growth, the role of ccTLDs in strengthening the domain name industry at national and international level, Registrar accreditation in a borderless environment, and Registrar strategies in a competitive environment. The program will also include sessions on three main tracks: ‘Business’, ‘Policy’ and ‘Technical’ where participants will have the chance to come together in small groups and have open discussions around issues of interest in each of the three tracks.
“With the Internet and Domain Name Space opening up to new entrants, it is important for the Internet community to collaborate in ways that will make all users comfortable while being assured of their security in cyberspace,” concluded Mr Mpisane.