View the Middle East DNS Forum 2019 Agenda

Draft Agenda | 20-21 February 2019 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 10:30 Opening Ceremony
10:30 – 11:15 Coffee Break and Group Picture
11:15 – 12:45 [Session 1]

GDPR: Tales Not to Be Told by the Fireplace

[Panel Discussion] General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now become an important part of the operational reality in the domain name industry. Over the past several months, the ICANN community has been working hard to ensure the continued access to domain registration data (WHOIS) in a way that is compliant with GDPR. Discussions around administrative, legal and operational effects of the GDPR on generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) and country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) will take place.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 [Session 2B]

New gTLDs: Future Rounds

[Panel Discussion] Since the launch of the new Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program in 2012, over 1200 new top-level domains have been introduced. The ICANN community has been reviewing the policy recommendations related to the new gTLDs, to improve the program and prepare for a potential next round. The session will explore the outcomes of the ongoing policy efforts, and shed light on the policy aspects of specific interest to the Middle East.
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30 [Session 3B]

Internationalized Domain Names and Universal Acceptance

The session will discuss the status and challenges of enabling and using Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), with a focus on the domain names and email addresses in Arabic script. The panelists will cover the community work towards developing standards to make IDNs secure, enabling their variant labels to promote international access, and encouraging their universal acceptance across different platforms and applications to promote their wider use. Panelists will also discuss how the wider community can contribute to the ongoing work in this area.
17:30 – 18:00 Wrap-up of the day and housekeeping notices
18:30 – 19:00 Leave for the Gala Dinner
19:00 – 22:00 Gala Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:30 [Session 4B] Talk 1:

Root Server System Evolution

The Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) recently issued a report on proposed governance model for the DNS Root Server System and its Root Server Operators, RSSAC037, which will be presented.
9:30 – 10:00 [Session 4B] Talk 2:

Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR)

An overview of ICANN org’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) project will be presented. DAAR is a system for studying and reporting on domain name registration and security threat (domain abuse) behaviors across the top-level domain (TLD) registries and registrars. It aims to report security threats to the ICANN community, which can then use the data to facilitate informed policy discussions.
10:00 – 10:10 Technical Break
10:10 – 11:10 [Session 5B]

DNS Operations and Security

This session will cover an array of security measures implemented in the DNS such as DNS over TLS (DoT), DNS over HTTPS (DoH), DNS Privacy (DPrive), DNSSEC, and KSK Rollover.
11:10 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 [Session 6B]

Protecting your Domain Name

Are you a domain name owner? Want to learn how to respond should your domain name get hijacked or transferred illegally? This session will cover best practices on what to do in such instances. Perspectives from Registrars, Registrants, as well as ICANN org will be shared.
12:30 – 13:30 [Session 7B]

Emerging Trends in the DNS

This session will address emerging technologies that utilize the DNS to deliver new capabilities and services.


Case Studies will be presented covering the following technologies:


  • Integration of Blockchain and digital wallets for virtual currencies | Top-level domains such as .LUXE have partnered with the Ethereum blockchain to integrate .LUXE with .ETH based domains, wallets and other applications
  • DNS over TLS (Transport Layer Security), also referred to as “DoT” | The goal of DoT is to increase user privacy and security by preventing eavesdropping and manipulation of DNS data via man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • DANE (DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities) | DANE is an Internet security protocol to allow X.509 digital certificates, commonly used for Transport Layer Security, to be bound to domain names using Domain Name System Security Extensions.
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 [Session 8B]

Security in IPv6-enabled TLDs

This session will discuss IPv6 and IPv4; ROAs and IRR; Monitoring for IPv6; IPv6 DDoS Protection; Getting Proper IPv6 Connectivity; Numbers on the traffic levels between v4 and v6.
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Taking Stock and Concluding Remarks


We would like to express our gratitude to members of the Middle East DNS Forum Program Committee (PC) for working on the agenda, and for their valuable contributions along the way.