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Registrars Can Now Apply For Accreditation To Offer .SA Domain Names [updated]

Saudi Arabia is moving from the current allocation of domain names directly from the registry to the more common registry/registrar model.

The change was announced in February when the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) updated the ‘Saudi Domain Name Registration Regulation’ which is described as one of the most efficient practices in the domain name industry.

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ICANN: Register Now to Participate in the 7th Middle East DNS Forum

ICANN announced its Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) from 24-25 March this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, hosted by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).

There are billions of Internet users of different cultures, languages, economic strata, and education levels. Much of ICANN‘s work, such as helping mitigate DNS abuse, or raising awareness about Internationalized Domains and Universal Acceptance, is towards protecting these users, and creating an environment that is welcoming for the next billion users. It is also an ICANN focus area to encourage participation, representation, and engagement from people all around the world, for whom access to one global Internet has much to offer.

The Forum features presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), and the policy discussions on developments on the DNS ecosystem, as well as the benefits of using the Arabic script on the Internet.

ICANN‘s Chief Technology Officer David Conrad will give a keynote on the DNS of Tomorrow discussing the current DNS landscape and ecosystem, emerging standards and challenges including the DNS Over HTTPS (DoH) and DNS over TLS (DoT), and other technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G, and Smart Cities, and how they impact ICANN‘s work.

To register and view the full agenda, please click here. Remote participation will be available. For more information or inquiries, please contact meac.swg@icann.org.

About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2020-01-27-en

The Middle East DNS Forum is Turning Five Years Old in Ankara

ICANN is organizing the fifth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum. The event, hosted by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey (ICTA), will take place on 25 and 26 April in Ankara, Turkey.

The Middle East DNS Forum brings together field experts and affected parties to discuss the latest developments in the global domain marketplace and ways to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East. Internationalized Domain Names, EU General Data Protection Regulation, Universal Acceptance and the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) are among this year’s key discussion topics.

The DNS forum offers participants opportunities to:

  • Network with other stakeholders and experts
  • Discuss various business, technical and policy aspects of the domain industry
  • Develop a better understanding of ICANN‘s work so that they can play a bigger role in shaping the future of Internet
  • Learn about new approaches to establish and expand commercial online presence

ICANN is pleased to hold this year’s Middle East DNS Forum in Turkey. This country has demonstrated increasing interest and participation in ICANN over the past few years, especially during the recent Turkey DNS Forums.

ICTA was established to constitute a competitive telecommunication sector in Turkey. The Authority oversees tasks on sectoral competition, information technologies, and technical regulations. ICTA has previously supported the Turkey DNS Forums.

Information is available on the forum’s website.

You can register for the event here.

Remote participation will be available. The link will be provided as the event approaches.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2018-04-09-en

ICANN Announces the Release of “Middle East DNS Study”

ICANN logo[news release] ICANN announces the publication of the final report [PDF, 8.38 MB] on the Domain Name System (DNS) for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries (MEAC). “Middle East DNS Study” was completed after receiving feedback on the initial draft, which was published before the ICANN54 meeting in Dublin.

The report will be discussed at ICANN55 at the DNS Industry in the Middle East session on Tuesday, 8 March, from 16:30–18:00 (WET).

Report Findings

The report presents findings on the current state of the Internet and the domain name industry in the MEAC region, including:

  • Best practices that have affected the growth in domain names
  • Business potentials in the domain name market
  • Domain name industry and registration data in the wider context of the region’s Internet development
  • Internet usage patterns and user preferences
  • Region’s hosting industry
  • Importance of local language content
  • Recommended to stimulate wider uptake

Research Team and Methods

ICANN selected a consortium led by the .eu Registry (EURid), with support from Emily Taylor Internet Research, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property and Oxford Information Labs, to conduct the DNS study.

The report, based on qualitative and quantitative data gathered in 2015, draws on relevant benchmarks and best practices developed in the global ccTLD environment. The data presented in this report was gathered from a variety of sources, including a specially commissioned multi-country user survey, direct contact with ccTLD registries and registrars, and extensive data analysis of the gTLD open zone files.

Final “Middle East DNS Study” [PDF, 8.38 MB].

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About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

This ICANN news release was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-26-en

ICANN: Call For Action: Public Comment Period for the DNS Study for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries – an ICANN Middle East Initiative

ICANN logoICANN is seeking feedback on the initial draft study [PDF, 5.42 MB] on the Domain Name System (DNS) for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries (MEAC Region), which was commissioned in June 2015.

The study aims to analyze the domain name industry ecosystem in the Middle East and Adjoining Countries region (which includes the 22 Arab states, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan), and develop recommendations on how to advance the industry and support market growth.

A consortium led by EURid, with support from Emily Taylor Internet Research, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property and Oxford Information Labs, is conducting the DNS study for ICANN.

The study examines the domain name industry within the wider context of the region’s Internet development, Internet usage patterns and user preferences, the region’s hosting industry and the importance of local language content. It then draws on relevant benchmarks and best practices, developed within the global ccTLD environment, and leads to some suggested actions that may stimulate wider uptake.

This initial report contains the results of a structured survey of ccTLD registries in the region, supplemented by interviews with registries and registrars. Additionally, it measures the region’s domain names from a variety of sources, including contacts with ccTLD managers and an automated analysis of 150 million domains from open gTLD zone files.

This initiative is a direct product of the ICANN Middle East Engagement Strategy. The draft is now open for comments until 30 October 2015.  Please send all comments to meswg@icann.org.

The initial report will be discussed during a special session during ICANN54 in Dublin, on Tuesday October 20 at 16.15 – 17.30 UTC at Wicklow Hall 1. More information can be found here.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-10-14-en

ICANN: Request for Proposal: DNS Study for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries

ICANN logoICANN is seeking a provider to conduct a study on the domain name industry in the Middle East and Adjoining Countries (“MEAC Region”)1. The goal of this study is to identify and define the strengths and weaknesses in the industry ecosystem within the region, and develop recommendations on how to advance the industry and bring it closer to the opportunities available.

The recommendation to conduct this study is one of the outcomes of the ICANN Middle East Engagement Strategy, developed by a group of community members in the region2. The Strategy defined three strategic focus areas for the region one of which was to further develop the domain name industry.

The study at a minimum will investigate the current state of the Internet and the domain name industry in the region, define best practices that have made an impact in domain name market growth, look at the broader ecosystem of the Internet infrastructure and online services and describe the impact of such elements on the overall evolution of the domain name industry, describe the business potential in the domain name industry in this region, and provide suggestions on how to develop the industry and what business models can be adopted in the entire industry chain. The study will include data, analysis, and recommendations.

The final report of the study is to be delivered no later than 9th October 2015.

For additional information and instructions for submitting responses please click here [ZIP, 409 KB].

Proposals should be submitted to MEDNSStudy-rfp@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 6 April 2015.


1 The MEAC region consists of the 22 Arab States in addition to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey.

2 This wiki space provides more details about the Strategy. Key documents include the Strategy Document [PDF, 1.5 MB], the Year 1 Implementation Plan [PDF, 88.8 KB], and the Year 2 Implementation Plan [PDF, 28.7 KB].

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-16-en

 

ICANN: Second Middle East DNS Forum to Take Place in Amman Jordan

ICANN logoThis is the second edition of the Middle East DNS Forum (ME DNS), which aims to build on the inaugural forum that took place in Dubai, early 2014.

  • What: Middle East DNS Forum
    When: March 9-10, 2015
    TIMES: 8:00 – 17:30 (please see agenda below)
    Where: Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University (TAG-Uni), Amman, Jordan

The ME DNS Forum is being hosted by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) and is co-organized by both ICANN and The Internet Society (ISOC). The 2-day event will cover topics on ccTLDs, new gTLDs, IDNs, the Domain Name Industry in underserved regions, as well as provide a brief and update on the IANA Stewardship Transition. This year’s agenda was developed by a Program Committee consisting of 6 community members with expertise in various fields of the domain name industry. More on the forum can be found at amman2015.mednsf.org/en/.

Middle East DNS Forum

 

This Forum aims to be the regional networking place for the DNS industry’s key players.

Who should attend: Registries, registrars, registrants, ccTLDs, new gTLD applicants, service providers, brand owners, and legal firms

Purpose: To build bridges between interested parties in the region and world’s experts in the field; by sharing experiences and best practices in the domain name industry at a global level, and of the emerging business opportunities.

Middle East DNS Forum Agenda

Monday March 9, 2015
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 Opening Session – Keynote Address
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 The Internet Industry in the ME region and the Untapped Business Opportunities Available
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 New gTLDs: Experiences, and the Way Forward
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) – Lack of Utilization and the Hidden Potential
17:30-20.00 Networking Dinner
Tuesday March 10, 2015
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 ccTLDs and gTLDs: Coexisting in a New Environment
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Supporting the Domain Name Industry in Underserved Regions
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 The IANA Stewardship Transition – What is in it for you?
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Breakout Sessions (Policy | Technical | Business)
17:00-17.30 Wrap-up and Closing

About the Middle East DNS Forum

The first edition of the forum took place in Dubai, UAE and attracted around 125 participants from more than 30 countries. More on the forum can be found online at http://mednsf.org/en/.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-16-en

ICANN signs MOU with EURid to develop Local Expertise in DNS Sector in Africa and the Middle East

EURid logo[news release] ICANN signed today (10/2) with the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid), manager of the .eu TLD, a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of collaborating together on developing local expertise in DNS technical, policy, and business areas in Africa and the Middle East.

This partnership works to further support ICANN’s Africa and Middle East strategies to facilitate the domain names sector’s growth in both Africa and the Middle East and strategically position both regions for future business and national success.

The MoU crystalises the efforts being done by both entities and recognises the need to implement the below, in order to further strengthen and develop the DNS sector in Africa and the Middle East.

  1. Raise awareness about DNS technical, policy and business aspects, and encourage participation in the different regional and global fora relating to DNS;
  2. Participate in regional forums aimed at supporting the growth of the domain name industry in Africa and the Middle East;
  3. Conduct educational workshops to share Registry / Registrar business and operational best practices;
  4. Support fellowships / internships for representatives of the DNS industry in Africa and the Middle East;
  5. Promote the use of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs).

This EURid news release was sourced from:
www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2015/icann-signs-mou-eurid-develop-local-expertise-domain-names-system-dns-sector-africa

ICANN President Encourages Arab Involvement In Shaping the Internet’s Future; Arab Multi-Stakeholder Internet Meeting Wraps Up

[news release] The President of ICANN says it is time for the Arab world to step up its involvement in determining the future of the Internet.”The Internet is becoming far more user friendly for the Arab world,” said Fadi Chehadé. “Now it is time for Arabs to become much more engaged in the Internet’s future.”Chehadé made the comments at the conclusion of the Arab Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance meeting in Dubai. The meeting, hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates, brought together representatives from several different Internet organizations.”We hope to have an ICANN Middle East engagement strategy developed by May,” said Chehadé. “It is critical that the Arab world itself come to the table to help us develop that strategy. We want to hear all the Arab voices; those of the Domain Name industry, governments, businesses and even unaffiliated Internet users.”There was general agreement at the meeting, that the Domain Name industry needs to be more fully developed in the Arab region. Chehadé said ICANN stands ready to add its support to that effort, but it is dependent on Internet leaders in the region helping the organization map the way forward.Chehadé has been on a worldwide tour aimed at increasing global participation in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model. On Thursday he will be hosting African Internet leaders at a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.This ICANN news release was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-06mar13-en

RIPE NCC Looks to the Next 20 Years as it Celebrates 20th Anniversary

RIPE 64 Meeting opens in Slovenia with more than 350 Internet experts gathering to discuss the evolution of IP infrastructure

[news release] The RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, will be discussing the future of the Internet and the impact of IPv6, as it celebrates 20 years of serving the technical community at the RIPE 64 Meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Over the past 20 years the Internet has experienced huge growth, impacting upon business and society in ways few could have predicted, and the role of the RIPE NCC has evolved to meet a range of new challenges. With another milestone on the horizon, as it approaches the full allocation of IPv4 addresses in its service region, the RIPE NCC’s pioneering role continues to be instrumental for the growth and stability of the Internet.

Axel Pawlik, Managing Director of the RIPE NCC said, “The RIPE NCC has grown over the past two decades to become an internationally renowned organisation providing vital administrative and technical coordination to over 8,000 members and the Internet community at large. Our role as the world’s first Regional Internet Registry has evolved through changes in the industry landscape encompassing the dot-com boom, increased interest from governments and regulators and issues of IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 adoption. As we approach exhaustion of the unallocated IPv4 address pool this year the continued work and education with the membership and wider technical community around IPv6 adoption is going to help serve another successful 20 years and beyond of Internet growth.”

The RIPE 64 Meeting takes place from 16 – 20 April in Ljubljana, Slovenia and will bring together RIPE NCC members, local governments and key players in the global and local Internet industry for discussion on policy and key technical developments related to IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6

 

During the opening plenary on Monday, 16 April there will be a special session dedicated to the RIPE NCC’s 20th anniversary. This session will feature a trio of presentations by three of the most prominent figures in the technical coordination of the Internet: Daniel Karrenberg, Chief Scientist at the RIPE NCC; Nigel Titley, Chair of the RIPE NCC Executive Board; and Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist, APNIC, the RIR for the Asia Pacific region. The presentations, focusing on the past, present and future of RIPE NCC respectively, will take place in the plenary session of the RIPE Meeting from 17:00 (UTC+2) on Monday, 16 April. They will be available to view via live webcast from the following link:

ripe64.ripe.net/live/

 The RIPE NCC has produced a timeline highlighting the key milestones of the past 20 years. The technical community has been encouraged to contribute by sending any suggestions for key images or milestone events which they think should be included here. The final timeline will be unveiled at the RIPE 64 Meeting in Ljubljana.

A full schedule for the regional meeting can be found online.  Regular updates will also be made from the official Twitter handle @ripemeeting and using the hashtag #RIPE64.

About the RIPE NCC

Founded in 1992, the RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet. The most prominent activity of the RIPE NCC is to act as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) providing global Internet resources and related services to a current membership base of around 8,000 members in over 75 countries.

These members consist mainly of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunication organisations and large corporations located in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.

As one of the world’s five RIRs, the RIPE NCC performs a range of critical functions including:

  • The reliable and stable allocation of Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and AS Number resources)
  • The responsible storage and maintenance of this registration data
  • The provision of an open, publicly accessible database where this data can be accessed

The RIPE NCC also provides a range of technical and coordination services for the Internet community. These services include the operation of K-root (one of the 13 root name servers), the Deployment of Internet Security Infrastructure (DISI) and DNS Monitoring (DNSMON).

As a result of its established position in the Internet industry, the RIPE NCC has played an important role in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), European Union (EU) workshops and government briefings on key issues in the current Internet landscape.

More information about the RIPE NCC is available at: www.ripe.net

This RIPE NCC news release was sourced from:
www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-looks-to-the-next-20-years-as-it-celebrates-20th-anniversary