Day 0. Feb 18 Session Venue

Trainees Registration


Training Session Day 1

Marketing Up: How to Promote Relations between a ccTLD and Government

The purpose of the training session is to share a set of techniques which should help ccTLDs navigate their way in a very complex environment and effectively communicate with government agencies.
For the start, Joe Alagna (Afilias) will share some universal marketing principles and techniques that are applicable and relevant in the context of GR.
After that, Mr. Ian Hanke, a renowned Australian expert in GR and Communications, will walk the audience through crisis communication principles and instruments in dealing with Government. During the concluding session, Leonid Todorov, GM APTLD, will share practical tips and tricks, and offer a drill to simulate a real-life situation and to help the trainees recap on the knowledge gained.

10:00-11:30     Session 1
11:30-12:00     Coffee break
12:00-13:30     Session 2
13:30-14:30     Lunch
14:30-16:00     Session 3
16:00-16:30     Afternoon tea break

Wool (Lower Ground)
Day 0. Feb 19
Session Venue

Training Session Day 2

Cybersecurity: Securing Registry IT Systems And Security Incidents Management

Delivered by a tandem of seasoned IT professionals from the .LK Domain Registry and TechCERT Sri Lanka, this workshop will enhance APTLD Members’ technical staff’sknowledge and hands-on experience in handling a cyberattack on a domain registry’s IT infrastructure on the basis on a simulated attack.
Four 1.5h-long sessions will walk the trainees through security of IT systems and DNS; some possible attacks and ways to detect, identify and mitigate them; and post- attack recovery action plans.
As well, while handling a simulated attack, they will work in teams to identify and respond to the attack, with the best performing team earning a special award :-) .
Trainees are expected to possess a working experience in managing IT systems including registration systems, DNS management, and to be involved in cybersecurity operation. They are also expected to have laptops configured with predefined tools/OS/Applications which they will be suggested to download shortly before APTLD77.

8:30-9:00         Trainees registration
9:00-10:30       Session 1
10:30-11:00     Coffee break
11:00-12:30     Session 2
12:30-13:30     Lunch
13:30-15:00     Session 3
15:00-15:30     Afternoon tea break
15:30-17:00     Session 4

Wool (Lower Ground)
Note: On both training days, lunch will be served at: (tbc)
Day 1. Feb 20
Session Venue




Introductory Session

This short session is intended to set the tone for the Meeting and update Members on APTLD’s major developments in 2019 and plans for 2020.

Moderator: Leonid Todorov, APTLD

  • Ai-chin Lu, Board Chair, APTLD
  • Representative, auDA
Stock&Trade (Lower Ground)

Session 1

Partner Organizations’ Updates

A part of a vibrant regional ecosystem, APTLD has consistently developed working relations with numerous peers, who will share their perspectives on recent developments in their realm, across Asia Pacific and beyond.

Moderator: Ai-Chin Lu, APTLD

  • ICANN Representative
  • Lianna Galstyan, APRALO
  • Stephen Deerhake, ccNSO: Empowered Community Administration update and ccTLD Retirement WG update
  • Rajnesh Singh, ISOC: An update on ISOC activities and the Asia Pacific Regional IGF
  • APNIC Representative
  • Edmon Chung, dotAsia: An update on dotAsia’s activities and Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy
Stock&Trade (Lower Ground)
10:15-11:00 Coffee Break & Official Group Photo -

Session 2

Members’ Updates

APTLD Members work tirelessly across the region, and their operations are as diverse as the region itself. In the session, they share the most exciting developments they have accomplished to date.

Moderator: Min Jung Park, KISA

  • Roland LaPlante, Afilias & Bruce Tonkin, auDA
  • Jan Horak, Gransy s.r.o.
  • Sachini Shakila, .LK: Hithawathi- a new social project for Sri Lanka
  • Satsuki Hori, .JP: DNSSEC key signing ceremony and the role of TCR
  • Wilson Wong , .HK: Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme (“WARS”) in Hong Kong

Session 3

Brainstorming Session for ccTLDs in the Pacific

Fairly rare attendants of APTLD Meetings, the Pacific ccTLDs’ representatives will share updates on their organizations’ operation followed by a team exercise to help them develop the vision and strategies to enable an expansion of their ccTLDs, for it was told centuries ago, No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Facilitator: Leonid Todorov, APTLD

  • Taimane Tony Saaga, .WS
  • Norman Warput, .VU
  • Fereti Atalifo, .FJ
  • Faiz Tuke, .SB
13:30–14:30 Lunch -

Session 4A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

ccTLDs and Internet Governance

ccTLDs are at the core of the Internet governance process within their territory. This session will start with very short presentations on what some registries are doing for Internet governance. Then the audience will be working in teams to contribute to making the Internet's future better.

Moderator: Jordan Carter, .NZ
  • Hiro Hotta, .JP: "DNS Root server governance"
  • Caroline Fritsch, auDA
  • Dehigaspitiyage Don (“DD”) Prabhath, .LK: Improving the ICT Literacy of the Sri Lankan Community
  • Sergey Povalishev, .BY

Session 4B (Venue: Wool)

Technical: Time to Get UA Ready
With APTLD being home to the biggest number of IDNs, there is no dearth of IDN evangelists, now ready to translate their experience into action. The session will focus on next steps of transforming IDNs into a driver of the growing global domain space for the benefit of next billions of users.

Moderator: Jiankang Yao, .CN
  • Nitin Walia, Data Xgen Technologies
  • Ilia Bazlyankov, EDoms
  • Saysomvang Souvannavong, .LA: An Update on the LAO IDN (.ລາວ) Management and Promotion
  • Thaniya Wongsuanoom, .TH
  • Dušan Stojičević, Gransy s.r.o (remotely)
  • Edmon Chung, dotAsia

Session 5A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

Marketing Strategies for Asia Pacific ccTLDs
The session will attempt to highlight on good-practice marketing strategies which may be relevant for APTLD members in their efforts to craft a game plan for reaching prospective registrants and turning them into loyal audience for ccTLDs’s products and services.

Moderator: Le Nam Trung, .VN
  • Ilia Bazlyankov, EDoms
  • Will Bond, .AU
  • Askhat Gimranov, .UZ: Goodbye three-characters, or how I sold 15,000 domains per day and went on vacation

Session 5B (Venue: Wool)

Technical: The Future of IDN ccTLDs
Is there life on Mars? Will the humankind ever become immortal? These and other questions are not perhaps as tantalizing as the one of whether IDNs have future. A follow-up to Session 5A, it will discuss what can and should be done to ensure that future.

Moderator: Nitin Walia, Data Xgen Technologies
  • Dejan Đukić, .RS
  • Nai-Wen Hsu, .TW
  • Leonid Todorov, APTLD
  • Thaniya Wongsuanoom, .TH
  • Jiankang Yao, .CN
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

Session 6A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

Channel Marketing Practices for ccTLDs
Marketing gurus love big words to disguise simple things– bet you did not suspect you have already practiced channel marketing for quite a while, did you? Don’t get confused as you are going to have good guides to walk you through very trivial yet important things (thus themselves being a part of this channel marketing exercise ^_^)

Moderator: Daniel Young, .AU
  • Mikhail Anisimov, .RU
  • Greta Adamo, Afilias
  • Sergey Povalishev, .BY

Session 6B (Venue: Wool)

Applicable Data Science for ccTLDs

Moderator: Steph Viljoen, .AU
  • Patrick Myles, NetKnowledge
  • Jan Horak, Gransy s.r.o.
18:30 Leaving for Members' Gala Dinner

Members Gala Dinner

West Beach Bathers Pavilion @ 330A Beaconsfield Parade St Kilda West, Victoria 3182 (www.westbeachstkilda.com.au, phone: (03) 9593 8833)
Pick up: The Intercontinental on Collins (or CBD location) at 6.15pm arriving at the West Beach Bathers Pavilion around 6.30pm
Return: Pick up from the West Beach Bathers Pavilion at 10.30pm returning to the Intercontinental on Collins (or CBD location) around 10.45pm

21:30 Return to the hotel
Day 2. Feb 21
Session Venue

Session 7A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

Registrations Takedown Policies and Case Studies

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak, APTLD Board
  • John Tomic, .AU
  • Dejan Đukić, .RS
  • Raedene McGary, CentralNic
  • Ian Chiang, .TW

Session 7B

Security: The House of Repelled Cyber Threats (Part I)
An experimental session to the Neustar Operations Site
Neustar will be hosting a tour for a select number of APTLD attendees of the Network & Security Operations Centre (NOC/SOC) located at its Melbourne office. The tour will take the format of a security and operational walkthrough, followed by interactive sessions to discuss other functions involved in operating a ccTLD, including technical, marketing and administrative sessions.
The invite will be extended to a select group of participants and will be formed on a first come, first served basis following Members signing up for the tour via a Doodle poll to be run by APTLD on January 15 to January 31 2020.

Departure from the venue (Intercontinental the Rialto) at 8:40am.

10:30-10:40 Technical Break -

Session 8A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

Domains Names Valuation: Fundamentals and Practices
Rarely the question is asked, how to assess a domain’s value. Some members are working on a magic formula, while others tackle the matter intuitively. Either way, the time has come to discuss the economics of domain names and share some practices in this respect.

Moderator: James Shady, .AU

  • Kalin Karakehayov, Seo Domains
  • Angelo Giuffrida, Ventra IP
  • Irina Danelia, .RU
  • Roland LaPlante, Afilias

Session 8B

Security: The House of Repelled Cyber Threats (Part II)

The Neustar NOC/SOC tour continued

Return to the Intercontinental the Rialto at 12pm

11:40-12:00 Coffee Break -

The APTLD Members Annual General Meeting (Part 1)

At the meeting (open to the Ordinary Members only ), the community will:

  • Approve nominations of the ascending Board members
  • Endorse the Board Chair Report for 2019
  • Approve the 2019 APTLD accounts
  • Discuss other matters of general concern

13:30-14:30 Lunch -

The APTLD Members Annual General Meeting (Part 2)

At the meeting (open to the Ordinary Members only ), the community will discuss the future of APTLD.

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break -

Concluding Session


  • Fellows’ Reports and Takeaways
  • Chair’s concluding remarks and closure of the Meeting
  • Housekeeping announcements

Board Retreat

Day 3. Feb 22

Members' Networking Event

8.30am – 4.30pm (to be confirmed)

Healesville Sanctuary
@ Glen Eadie Avenue Healesville Victoria 3777 (www.zoo.org.au/healesville)
APTLD77 Participants are invited for a network experience at Healesville Sanctuary- a unique facility specialising in native Australian animals. Located in rural Victoria (approx. one and a half hour bus trip) set in a natural bushland environment., it is home to wallabies, kangaroos, dingoes, koalas, wombats and the birds of prey.
Departure from the Intercontinental the Rialto (or CBD location) at 8.30am arriving at Healesville Sanctuary approx. 10.30am
Return: Pick up from the Healesville Sanctuary at 2.30pm returning to the Intercontinental on Collins (or CBD location) around 4.30pm

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