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Eighth Africa domain name system (DNS) forum 2020 goes virtual



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BY: Chisom Ada

The eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, which was to be held in Dakar Senegal under the auspices of Senegal Network Information Centre with the support of the government of Senegal, will now be held virtually.

This decision was made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting, scheduled for 27-28 July 2020, is an annual open event for stakeholders in the domain name industry in Africa organized by Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD), the Africa Registrar Association (AfRegistrar), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

This year, the Africa DNS Forum has been restructured to adapt to the virtual platform, with a total of four sessions that will be spread over a two-day period. Each session will be two hours long and will cover thematic topics focused on policy, technical, and marketing, as well as emerging issues under the current pandemic and other emergencies.

Holding this meeting virtually will provide the opportunity to test the resilience of the infrastructure in the region. Remote participation will be available through Zoom and live streamed on YouTube and Facebook.

The first edition of the Forum was held in Durban, South Africa in 2013. Since then the model has been replicated in the Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific regions. The Forum has also been held in Abuja, Nigeria (2014); Nairobi Kenya (2015); Marrakech, Morocco (2016); Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (2017); Cotonou, Benin (2018); and Gaborone, Botswana (2019).

How to Register

To register and learn more about the Africa DNS Forum, click here.

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What you should know about the organizing partners


Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD) is the association of country code top level domain (ccTLD) registry managers in the Africa region.

The main objective of AFTLD is to provide a forum for ccTLD managers from the Africa region to discuss issues regarding management of ccTLD registries. 

AFTLD then presents their common position on key global issues in the Domain Name System (DNS) industry in international meetings


AfRegistrar association includes all ICANN accredited registrars based in the African continent, The AfRegistrars shall fulfil the role, responsibilities, and functions of the AfRegistrar as defined within the ICANN Bylaws.


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.

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