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Durban all set for domain deliberation

July 12, 2013 • Online

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) is pleased to announce the 47th ICANN conference that will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 13 to 18 July 2013.

ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé. (Image source: File)

ZADNA is the host of the event in partnership with the ZA Central Registry (ZACR). ICANN holds 3 international meetings a year across different continents, and chose Durban to be the host city for its second conference in 2013.

“The ICANN Durban conference comes at a right time when ZADNA and ZACR are preparing to launch the dotDurban, dotCapeTown and dotJoburg Internet namespaces. We see the conference as a timely contribution to our communications and awareness efforts in support of the three pending namespaces”, states Mr. Lucky Masilela, ZADNA Director and Chair of ZADNA’s ICANN-47 Working Group.

The event is expected to draw attendance of around 1800 international delegates from different countries. Preparations for the event have been underway since late 2012 when ICANN announced its choice of Durban. ZADNA and ZACR have worked hard to prepare for the event with the support of Durban Tourism and KZN Tourism.

As part of leaving some legacy from the conference, 20 students were selected from the 4 universities operating in Durban. Their primary work is to help in delegate registration and associated events.

There will be a number of preliminary events that will take place at the Durban ICC starting with the Africa Domain Name Forum organized jointly by AfTLD, ICANN and ISOC, and is hosted by ZADNA. There is no cost charged to attend ICANN meetings, and this opens an opportunity for South Africans – especially Durbanites -  to attend the conference and learn about the workings of the Internet.

Staff Writer

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