Turkey DNS Forum 2016
January 18-19, 2016
Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel

Monday 18 January 2016

8.00 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 10.30 Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches


  • David Olive – Senior Vice President, ICANN
  • Ömer Fatih Sayan, Chairman of BTK
  • E. Eng. Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication (Invited)
Representatives from ICANN, the sponsors of this event, and Government officials to address and welcome the audience, set the scene for discussions to come, and share highlights of key trends and developments in the Internet and ICANN space; both nationally and globally.
10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 Panel 1 – The Internet Industry in Turkey

Moderator: Mukesh Chulani, Research Manager, IDC Government Insights



  • Cavit Yantac, Deputy GM, Microsoft Turkey
  • Emre Sayın, CEO, IHS Telekom
  • Omer Koker, Head of Technology Security, Vodafone Turkey
  • Sinan Ilkiz, General Secretary, ISOC-TR
  • BTK (TBC)

This high-level interactive panel includes top representatives of various organizations that utilize the Internet in their day-to-day operations. The discussions will revolve around the following broad sub-topics:


  • Turkey’s digital economy, and the role of the various stakeholder in driving it forward;
  • The Domain name industry and the business that surrounds it;
  • Entrepreneurship and the enabling environment to help entrepreneurs grow their business;
  • The policy and regulatory environment that affect the Internet ecosystem in Turkey.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Panel 2 – The Domain Name Industry

Moderator: Fusun Nebil, Founder, Sane Iletisim



  • Baher Esmat, VP, Middle East, ICANN
  • Burkay Yapağcıoğlu, NATRO
  • Hakkı Tok, CIO, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
  • Mert Saka, Registry Services and Engagement Manager, ICANN
  • Michele Neylon, CEO, Blacknight
This session aims to highlight trends in the domain name industry worldwide, and to share experiences both from Turkey and elsewhere. Topics to be discussed include:


  • An update on the New gTLD program;
  • Experience sharing from TLD registries and registrars;
  • Impact of new gTLDs on ccTLDs and legacy gTLDs;
  • The industry landscape in Turkey;
  • The (.ist) and (.istanbul) experience.
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 17.30 Panel 3 – Domain Name Legal Issues

Moderator: Murat Lostar, General Manager, Lostar Bilgi Güvenliği



  • Attila Ozgit, NIC.TR (TBC)
  • Aysegul Tekce, Registry Services and Engagement Manager, ICANN
  • Ihsan Durdu, Vice Chair of ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee
  • Ilay Yilmaz, Partner, ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law
  • Leyla Kesser, Director of IT Law Institute, Istanbul Bilgi University
This session aims to discuss some legal issues in relation to the DNS ecosystem. Topics to be discussed include:


  • National laws governing issues like trademark infringements, data protection and privacy in Turkey;
  • The current status of domain name disputes in Turkey;
  • New gTLDs and dispute resolution, and the utilization of URS and TMCH;
  • Are current legal frameworks impacting the local DNS industry?
17.30 – 19.00 Cocktail Reception

Tuesday 19 January 2016

8.30 – 9.30 Registration
9.30 – 11.30 Workshop 1 – Technical Track 2-hour session moderated by the (.tr) ccTLD. It covers DNSSEC, and the importance of implementing DNSSEC across the entire DNS chain. Attendees from registries, registrars, ISPs, banks, network operators and the government are invited to attend.
Workshop 2 – Legal Track ( Details ) 2-hour session moderated by Prof. Leyla Keser. It covers the various legal dimensions that effect the domain name industry such as dispute resolution, trademark and brand protection, dispute centers and services, amongst others.
Workshop 3 – Global Governance Track ( Details ) 2-hour session organized by Internet Society Turkey Chapter (ISOC-TR) on recent regional and global policy issues on Internet Governance, with a focus on security and privacy along with DNS implications. Workshop participants will discuss the stance of Turkey in the region and worldwide, regulatory and practical challenges to access and development and the way forward on Internet policy to build trust and connecting the unconnected.
11.30 – 12.30 Summary of both tracks and Closing
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch