On May 4 and 5, 2016, the city of Tunis hosted the Middle East DNS Forum. Co-organised by ICANN and the Tunisian Internet Agency, the event was opened by Tunisian Minister for Communication Technologies and Digital Economy Nouman Fehri.
Over 120 participants then attended sessions on a wide variety of Digital Economy related topics including the domain industry, civil society’s participation in Internet policy development and the challenges of managing the local country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .TN.
The forum was attended by people from over 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa. Severely under-represented in the current new gTLD space, entrepreneurs from these regions are eager to make the most of future Internet naming opportunities.
DNS Forum participants welcomed insights into the intricacies of setting up and running a new gTLD registry from companies such as StartingDot, operator of the .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI. new gTLDs.
“Part of our mission is to help our industry grow by promoting it to potential new entrants,” said StartingDot. “And to explain why having naming options that are tailored to a person’s specific community or interest is crucial in the digital age. As an example, a .BIO domain name makes a great personal space website where users can present their online bios.”