Middle East Strategy Working Group (MESWG) – A

Report
The Middle East Strategy (MES)
December 13, 2013
Fahd A. Batayneh
Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, Middle East
ICANN
What is ICANN?
+ Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
+ Headquartered in Los Angeles with hub offices in Istanbul
and Singapore
+ Engagement centers in Beijing, Brussels, Geneva, Montevideo, and
Washington DC
+ Three annual meetings with no restrictions on attendance
+ Online presence at http://www.icann.org/
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What Does ICANN Do?
+ Coordinates the names and numbers identifiers of the
Internet; i.e. Domain Names and IP addresses
+ Provides Technical Operations via the IANA functions
+ Administrating some responsibilities of the DNS root servers
+ Allocation of Internet Numbering
+ Policy development for Internet Names and Numbers in a
Bottom-Up, Consensus Driven, Multi-Stakeholder model
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Current Projects/Activities at ICANN
+ New Generic Top Level Domains (New gTLDs)
+ 100s of names to be introduced into the root
+ Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
+ Top Level Domains in native languages
+ Capacity Building Initiatives
+ Regional Strategies
+ Promoting DNSSec and IPv6 deployment
+ Deployment of secondary root-server instances
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What is ICANN doing for the ME Region?
+ Middle East Strategy Working Group (MESWG)
+ Formed in late 2012 under ICANN’s Coordination
+ Covers the 22 Arab states, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
+ An ad-hoc working group consisting of 21 experts from 11 countries
of the region
+ A 3-year strategy
+ Arab DNS Forum
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Strategic Goals for ICANN’s Engagement
+ Foster two-way engagement between ICANN and the
broader Internet community in the region;
+ Build strong and competitive domain name industry in the
region;
+ Promote
multi-stakeholder
mechanisms in the region
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Internet
governance
Strategic Areas of Work
+ Working group has defined three strategic areas to work
on:
1.
DNS Security and Stability
2.
Domain Name Industry
3.
Internet Governance Ecosystem
+ More
at
https://community.icann.org/display/MES/Middle+East+Wor
king+Group
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What is the MESWG Up To?
+ Task Force on Arabic Internationalized Domain Names (TFAIDN)
+ Formed in October and announced during the AIGF-II
+ 20 experts varying in their expertise (DNS, Linguistics, Unicode…)
+ The
proceedings
of
the
task
force
can
be
followed
https://community.icann.org/display/MES/TF-AIDN+Work+Space
+ Still open for newcomers to join on-board
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at
… cont. (What is the MESWG Up To?)
+ Task Force on Capacity Building Activities (TF-CBA)
+ Call open until December 21
+ Wiki
page
at
https://community.icann.org/display/MES/TF-
CBA+Wiki+Space
+ The window for joining will always remain open to new experts
+ “Train-the-Trainer” model
+ Work in progress
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http://learn.icann.org/
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Questions?
Thank you
[email protected]
http://www.icann.org/

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