Inaugural DNS Forum 2022 brings together APAC domain name system industry collaborators

‘Malaysia is on course to achieve a digital economy contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) of at least 25.5% by 2025,’ said Hasnul.

FOURTH Industrial Revolution technology such as blockchain, metaverse, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and 5G connectivity are progressing at an unprecedented pace.

“It is changing the way we live, work and play. Whether or not we are prepared for this digital transformation, the new technology is becoming pervasive and are integrated into our daily lives,” said Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin at the recent APAC DNS Forum 2022 launch ceremony held at Le Meridien Putrajaya.

For instance, there is research on using blockchain to provide decentralised registries and Domain Name System (DNS), which would reduce the risk of manipulation by malicious hackers, he said.

MYNIC Berhad, which provides Malaysian organisations and individuals their unique brand identity on the Internet, together with The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), held the first Asia Pacific (APAC) region's DNS Forum 2022.

Themed "Beyond Technology: The DNS revolution," the three-day virtual event (March 30-April 1) saw participation from over 24 nations.

The forum was organised with the objectives to share and exchange knowledge as well as explore collaboration among the DNS and the wider technology community in the APAC region.

This engagement platform created by MYNIC and ICANN facilitated in-depth discussions not only for DNS industry experts, but for end-users such as domain name or website owners as well.

“APAC DNS Forum 2022 reiterates the importance of DNS and domain names for the future. It provides a single platform for DNS practitioners from all backgrounds to learn, discuss, and share expertise.

“With its array of multi-disciplinary topics, the forum will give participants new insight for a better approach to elevate the industry and consumers in the adoption domain names in building their digital brands,” added Zahidi.

Jia-Rong Low, vice president for stakeholder engagement and managing director of ICANN APAC, said: “The future of the DNS depends on the interplay between markets, technologies, as well as stakeholders. A unified Internet will enable us to unleash its endless benefits of innovation and possibility for all.

“We hope to sustain the momentum from this first APAC DNS Forum. ICANN is planning to hold our global public meeting in September this year in Kuala Lumpur. We hope to further engage with the regional community,” Jia-Rong added.

The APAC DNS Forum 2022 was the finale of the six pre-event monthly webinar series, which started from September 2021 until March 2022. Some of the technical topics covered included industry trends and business opportunities as well as the potential impacts of regulatory, policy, and technological developments on the DNS industry in the APAC region.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digitalisation. Organisations saw the need to boost their digital transformation to recover successfully post-pandemic,” said Datuk Ts Hasnul Fadhly Hasan, chief executive officer, MYNIC Berhad.

“From the industry data that we have seen, digital adoption rates are years ahead of where they were before the pandemic.

“Currently, Malaysia is on course to achieve a digital economy contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) of at least 25.5% by 2025. The vibrant discussions at this APAC DNS Forum 2022 were also timely as more countries, including Malaysia, are moving into the endemic phase.”

Hasnul (first from left), Zahidi (centre), Jia-Rong (right) with other VIPs at the launch of APAC DNS Forum 2022 in Putrajaya.Hasnul (first from left), Zahidi (centre), Jia-Rong (right) with other VIPs at the launch of APAC DNS Forum 2022 in Putrajaya.

Hasnul added: “DNS remains a critical element to new network architectures and technologies in enabling devices to securely and reliably access the network.

“With the emergence of new technologies such as 5G, DNS will transform network architecture design to support low latency for core network services, leading to improvement in network safety and reliability for everyone.”

A gold sponsor of the event, Glocomp Systems (M) Sdn Bhd (one of region’s pioneer information and communication technologies’ solution provider) stated that they fully support the DNS industry's efforts to industrialise infrastructure and analytics while providing best-of-breed solutions and insight.

Glocomp's support for MYNIC Berhad and ICANN includes educating organisations and raising awareness about the benefits of digital transformation while growing the Malaysian AAA ecosystem.

CentralNic (one of the world’s leading registry services companies), another gold sponsor of the event, highlighted that it was honoured to have been given the opportunity to sponsor the first ever APAC DNS Forum. Events like these are hugely important for evolving and shaping the industry.

“Many thanks to our friends and colleagues at MYNIC, who did a fantastic job in making this event so successful,” said Gavin Brown, head of CentralNic Registry.

The forum was an opportunity for local and regional stakeholders to better understand the DNS industry and how they can play a role in supporting a global, interoperable, and secure Internet.

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