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The Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum is Turning Five Years Old in Ankara

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ISTANBUL – 9 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is organizing the fifth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum. The event, hosted by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey (ICTA), will take place on 25 and 26 April in Ankara, Turkey.

The Middle East DNS Forum brings together field experts and affected parties to discuss the latest developments in the global domain marketplace and ways to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East. Internationalized Domain Names, EU General Data Protection Regulation, Universal Acceptance and the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) are among this year's key discussion topics.

The DNS forum offers participants opportunities to:

  • Network with other stakeholders and experts
  • Discuss various business, technical and policy aspects of the domain industry
  • Develop a better understanding of ICANN's work so that they can play a bigger role in shaping the future of Internet
  • Learn about new approaches to establish and expand commercial online presence

ICANN is pleased to hold this year's Middle East DNS Forum in Turkey. This country has demonstrated increasing interest and participation in ICANN over the past few years, especially during the recent Turkey DNS Forums.

ICTA was established to constitute a competitive telecommunication sector in Turkey. The Authority oversees tasks on sectoral competition, information technologies, and technical regulations. ICTA has previously supported the Turkey DNS Forums.

Information is available on the forum's website.

You can register for the event here.

Remote participation will be available. The link will be provided as the event approaches.

For more information or inquiries, please email

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254

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.

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