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A Look Ahead: Highlights of the 2024 ICANN Middle East DNS Forum

02-Apr-2024 | Source : The Internet Corporation for Assigned Name and Numbers (ICANN) | Visits : 468

LOS ANGELES - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Name and Numbers (ICANN) proudly announces the Middle East Domain Name System Forum's (MEDNSF) 10th anniversary, commemorating a decade of fostering innovation, collaboration, and growth in the digital landscape of the Middle East. The forum, co-organized by ICANN and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency of Morocco, will take place 24–25 April 2024 in Rabat, Morocco, and online, a press release stated by ICANN. 

The opening ceremony will feature esteemed speakers, including ICANN Interim President and CEO Sally Costerton, who will deliver the keynote speech. Joining her will be Az-El-Arabe Hassibi, General Director of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency of Morocco, and Baher Esmat, ICANN's Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement – Middle East and Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa, who will deliver the opening remarks.

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the MEDNSF

Since its inception, the MEDNSF has served as a pivotal platform for industry leaders, policymakers, technical experts, and stakeholders to converge, exchange ideas, and shape the future of the Domain Name System (DNS) ecosystem in the region. This year's event promises to uphold this tradition of excellence, offering enriching discussions, insightful presentations, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Themed around "Celebrating Progress in the Middle East's DNS Journey," the 2024 edition of the Middle East DNS Forum will explore the evolution of the digital landscape over the past 10 years and delve into the strategies and innovations driving future growth and sustainability.

Highlights of the Forum

Participants can explore Morocco's digital journey with a focus on the .ma country code top-level domain (ccTLD), while also discussing Universal Acceptance and its role in enabling multilingual access to the Internet. Celebrating a decade of impactful discussions, the forum will feature a panel discussion highlighting its transformative influence on the regional domain industry. Leading ccTLDs will share experiences and insights, offering valuable perspectives.

Attendees will discover the power of artificial intelligence in domain name search and gain insights into the dynamic nature of ccTLD markets. Sessions on operational best practices and DNS Security Extensions will provide strategies for enhancing Internet safety and reliability. Critical topics such as cybersecurity frameworks, DNS abuse, intellectual property rights, and the next round of new generic top-level domains will also be covered, offering participants valuable insights into safeguarding the digital realm.

The MEDNSF 2024 is sponsored by the Public Interest Registry, AEserver, Genious, and the Internet Society Morocco Chapter.

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