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    Egypt to Organize the Regional Workshop on Arabic Domain Names and Internet Governance

    Date published: 17 November 2009

    Egypt organized the Regional Workshop on Arabic Domain Names and Internet Governance which was held on the 14th of November, 2009 in Sharm El Sheikh. The workshop aimed at disseminating knowledge to a wide array of stakeholders about Internet governance from a regional perspective.

    The workshop discussed the plans and roadmaps for the deployment of the “.arab” gTLD, the establishment of a global gTLD registry for this purpose, as well as the full-fledged implementation of IDN country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) in the Arab region.

    The workshop was co-organized by LAS and UN-ESCWA, and hosted by the Egyptian MCIT, in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Arab ICT Organization (AICTO) and the Saudi Network Information Center (SaudiNIC).

    The workshop mainly discussed the following topics:
    - Importance of IGF-IV and the opportunities it brings to the Arab region.
    - Internet governance: cyber security considerations.
    - Challenges facing critical Internet resources.
    - Update on ICANN’s new gTLD and IDN ccTLD processes.
    - Engagement of stakeholders in new gTLDs and IDN ccTLDs in the region.
    - Progress on the “.arab” project.
    - Best practices and success stories of selected ccTLD registries in the Arab    region.
    - Roadmap for Internet governance in the region.
    - Action plan for the implementation of Arabic domain names in the region.

    The workshop was held prior the Internet Governance Forum that was held from the 15th to the 18th of November, 2009 in Sharm el Sheikh.

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