26 July 2017


The Fifth Africa Domain Names System Forum Kicks off Today in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania- The fifth Africa Domain Names System Forum (DNS) Forum has kicked off today, taking place from 26-28 July 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The forum follows on the success of previous fora that have taken place in Africa over the past few years – namely (South Africa-2013, Nigeria-2014, Kenya-2015 and Morocco-2016). Organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Society (ISOC) and Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD), this year’s Forum is hosted by the Tanzania Network Information Centre (tzNIC).

Abibu Rashid Ntahigiye, CEO of .tz Registry (tzNIC) and host for the event stated “Most African countries have managed their ccTLDs locally so far. However, significant improvements have been made through the support of regional and global organizations. African Registries are now receiving not only local, but also global support in technical matters as well as problems in marketing and governance issues. With these collaborations, the competition in African domain business is growing.”

Pierre Dandjinou, VP of Global Stakeholder Engagement in Africa at ICANN; Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa, Internet Society; Ali Hadji Mmadi, Vice President of AfTLD; Abibu Rashid Ntahigiye, CEO of .tz Registry, spoke at the opening ceremony of the event. In line with Africa’s growing Internet presence, the Forum will cover and open to discussion various topics from regional domain name industry to Internet security.

“Africa is rising with respect to its digital potential and it must make its influence felt at the global Internet governance table to protect its interests” stressed  Pierre Dandjinou, VP of Global Stakeholder Engagement in Africa at ICANN. “With this in mind, ICANN is committed to providing equal opportunity to inform the region’s different communities about the domain industry and engaging with them on how best to not only strengthen Africa’s online presence, but also improve their participation within ICANN.”

Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa, Internet Society said “With less than 3 million domain names currently registered by registries in Africa, there is clear potential for growth in this industry. As Internet access expands throughout the region, there will be a demand for more services online which can contribute to the growth of the Domain Name System industry.” He further added: “ This forum provides a platform for the exchange of ideas, best practices and technical expertise in order to grow the African domain name industry together with the number of Internet users.”

Ali Hadji Mmadi, Vice President of AfTLD, stated that “The Africa Top Level Domains Organization, the home of African country code top level domain registries, is committed to working with all stakeholders in the African Internet ecosystem in ensuring sustainable development of the domain name industry in Africa.”

One of the key topics of the Forum will be the recently released Africa DNS Market Report, the first of its kind in the region, which provides a detailed analysis of the DNS market for 54 countries. Among other topics to be discussed are:

  • Legal issues affecting African registries, registrars and resellers
  • Securing the African Domain Name System
  • IPv6 and the role of African registries and registrars
  • Emerging trends in the Domain Name System

Participants from ICANN, other Internet organizations, registries, registrars, registrants, country code Top Level Domain (ccTLDs), new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) applicants, policy makers, Internet service providers, IT businesses, brand owners and legal firms, academics and civil society will attend the event to share experiences and best practices. The forum is open to anyone interested in learning more about the issues pertaining to the domain name industry and the business opportunities it can provide, and engaging with key players and experts in the field.

Livestream of the event will be available here.

For more information, visit https://dnsforum.africa/

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi                                                                                           Buket Coskuner
Communications Director, EMEA                                               Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
ICANN                                                                                                  ICAAN
Tel: +90 533 0313505                                                                       Tel: +90 533 4876254
Email: luna.madi@icann.org                                                        Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

Allesandra deSantillana

Media Relations

Internet Society

Tel: +41-22-807-1451
Email: desantillana@isoc.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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, please visit: www.icann.org. 

About the Internet Society

Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet. Working through a global community of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe and secure, and advocates for policies that enable universal access. The Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).  For more information visit:  www.internetsociety.org.

About AfTLD:

Africa Top Level Domains (AfTLD) started as a project through which ISO 3166 Country-Code Top-Level Internet Domain (ccTLD) Registries in the African geographical area could share information and engage in concerted action on issues of common concern.

AfTLD was established in 2002 to act as a focal point for African ccTLD managers to coordinate, formulate, develop and present a unified approach to issues related to the Internet Domain Name System. It also provides a platform for capacity development, information exchange, ccTLD best practices and research & development.

It carries out its work program through a secretariat located in Nairobi (Kenya), and has several working groups (WGs). These include a Technical WG, which drives the technical training program, and a Research WG, which drives AfTLD’s research program.  For more information, go to www.aftld.org. Enquiries: secretariat@aftld.org.