The first meeting of the Multilingual Internet Initiative (MII) Board of the Arab Knowledge Management Society (AKMS) concluded on February 1, with a focus on a range of key themes, including promotion of the Arabic content on the Internet and the process of introducing new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) by ICANN.
Held at AKMS’s Cairo office and presided over by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, AKMS Chairman, the meeting brought together the founding members of the Board of the MII under one umbrella, to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding Internet multilingualism.
During the course of the meeting, the Board mandate was approved and a way to move forward was decided on.
Chaired by Samar Al-Labbad, Deputy Chair of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAGorg) and co-chaired by Baher Esmat, Middle East Liaison of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the MII, previously known as the Multilingual Internet Committee (MIC), is a joint partnership between AKMS and ICANN that was launched May last year, to start a constructive dialogue and raise awareness within the Internet community in the Arab region on technical aspects and policies related to domain names and numbers.
Other attendees included ccTLDs registries, gTLDs registrars, and members of the Internet Society (ISOC), representatives of business and Intellectual Property entities, in addition to members of intergovernmental organizations.