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Second Latin American and Caribbean DNS Forum Will Take Place in Buenos Aires, Argentina


When: June 19, 2015

Where: Sheraton Hotel Retiro

The second edition of the LAC DNS Forum is a gathering place for industry, Internet policy and technical players. It will take place on 19 June in Buenos Aires and continues with the proposal originated in 2013 to promote a regional space for debate on DNS-related issues.

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the domain name industry and the business opportunities it can provide, as well as to engage and network with key players and experts in the field. Target audience includes ccTLD and gTLD Registries and Registrars/Resellers, Registrants, DNS Experts, gTLD Applicants, Regional TLD Organizations, IT and Internet businesses, legal and IP firms, amongst others.

The objectives of the forum are the following:

  • Raise awareness about DNS issues in the Internet industry, with a focus on business - commercial opportunities and security and stability concerns.
  • Discuss the value, opportunities and challenges of domain names in a changing technical and business environment.
  • Enhance the understanding of regional Internet industry players and entrepreneurs about the value of promoting local content and local Internet-working initiatives.
  • Promote the participation of regional players in the technical and policy forums of the region and globally (LACNIC, LACNOG, IETF, ICANN, LACTLD, etc)

The LAC DNS Forum is open to all interested participants and is free of charge.

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