Welcome to APTLD 79: Muscat, Oman 24-25 February 2021


APTLD79 Virtual Meeting

22-25 February 2021


*All time in the Agenda is Oman time (UTC/GMT+4)

Day 0. Feb 22 Session Venue
Oman time

Welcome, Trainees, at SpatialChat

(click to try a demo of the virtual chatroom. The actual link for the event will be shared with registered participants only)

Oman time

Training Session Day 1

Hardening the core of the internet; DNS and routing challenges, and DNSSEC and RPKI

During a 2hr session, trainees will be walked through the problem statement, get exposed to DNSSEC and RPKI and to how DNSSEC helps with DNS security, and the way RPKI helps with BGP security, and based on case studies - identify the steps needed to configure and use RPKI.

The training will be delivered by RIPE NCC experts on a RIPE NCC platform. Please refer to the APTLD79 Participant Guide for URL

Day 0. Feb 23
Session Venue
Oman time

Training Session Day 2

How to Build an Efficient Marketing and Communication Vehicle for ccTLDs through Media Integration

Delivered by Dr. Harsh Taneja, Associate Professor at the UIUC College of Media and Advertising, the training will give an overview of ongoing trends and evolution in the global internet usage, and with this backdrop, an arsenal of means of building an efficient online presence, focusing on the target audiences, and bolstering a ccTLD's marketing capacity through the presence on different platforms.
Featuring hands-on blitz team exercises and discussions, the training targets Members' marketing staff and those interested in upgrading the skill of utilizing full capacity of online media.

The training will be delivered on an APTLD platform. Please refer to the APTLD79 Participant Guide for URL

Day 1. Feb 24
Session Venue
Oman time

It’s been a while - great to see you again!

Join us for fun and networking over morning coffee at SpatialChat. (click to try a demo of the virtual chatroom. The actual link for the event will be shared with registered participants only)

Oman time

Introductory Session

This short session is intended to set the tone for the Meeting and update Members on APTLD’s major developments in 2020 and plans for 2021.

Moderator: Leonid Todorov ‖ APTLD

  • Ai-Chin Lu ‖ APTLD Board Chair
  • Salim Al-Maawali ‖ TRA Oman
  • Hisham Ibrahim ‖ RIPE NCC

Session 1

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: Boyoung Kim ‖ KISA

  • Wilson Wong ‖ HKIRC: The .hk Cybersecurity Programme
  • Dusan Stojicevic ‖ Gransy: Gransy’s Response to an Cyberattack
  • Shi Young Chang ‖ KISA: Creating a 'Multilateral DNS Swaps Alliance' among ccTLDs
  • Chamara Disanayake ‖ LK Domain Registry: A Private Cloud for Registry
  • Rajiv Kumar ‖ NIXI: A National IDN Program Update
  • Anlei HU ‖ CNNIC: Retrospect and Prospect: the development of ccTLD in China
09:25-10:00 Coffee Break & Group Photo at SpatialChat - (the link will be shared with registered participants only)

Session 2

Security: DoH, DoT, and DNS

Now that major Internet companies have implemented DoH and, partly, DoT, they have become a key topic in many forums, where the expression “DOH!” can be heard as an expression of concern, disappointment and misunderstanding of the impact DoH (and DoT) can have. Let’s revisit the matter and see if one could try a better expression. Or worse, for that matter.

Moderator: Alireza Saleh ‖ IRNIC
  • Rajiv Kumar ‖ NIXI
  • Yoshiro Yoneya ‖ JPRS
  • Jiankang Yao ‖ CNNIC
  • Mikhail Anisimov ‖ ICANN

Session 3

Marketing: SMM Practices and the Registry’s Website Turbocharging

Who wouldn’t want every single visitor to their website to make a purchase (or three), before they leave? Unfortunately, in the real world, we know average website conversion rates hover between 2 and 10% depending on the industry and how efficiently the site is being run; and yes, Social Media Marketing campaign are yet another challenge. Members will discuss ways to boost up their online visibility and efficiency of their resources.

Moderator: Brent Carey ‖ InternetNZ
  • Nitin Jolly ‖ NIXI
  • Jose-Mari Mendoza ‖ dotPH
  • Ruwan Wigamage & Anoj Rathnayaka ‖ LK Domain Registry
  • Duong Nguyen (Ms.) ‖ VNNIC
  • Maria Kolesnikova & Irina Pyzhova ‖ Coordination Center for .RU/.РФ
  • Pinkard “Pinky” Brand ‖ IQ Global
12:00-12:30 Lunch Break / Networking at SpatialChat - (the link will be shared with registered participants only)

Session 4

Internet Governance – Bungle in the Jungle

Spaghetti ball, rainforest, and many other fancy names were used to describe what has for long remained a huge challenge for the international community and ccTLDs in particular. Nowadays, it has become even more pressing than ever, so a crash orientation course should help he APTLD community navigate its way through whatever-you-wish-to-call-it.

Moderator: Giovanni Seppia ‖ EuRid

  • Anil Kumar Jain ‖ NIXI
  • Katrina Sataki ‖ ccNSO
  • Andrew Molivurae ‖ TRBR of Vanuatu
  • Leonid Todorov ‖ APTLD
Day 2. Feb 25
Session Venue
Oman time

SpatialChat will be open for the attendees until the AGM

(click to try a demo of the virtual chatroom. The actual link for the event will be shared with registered participants only)

Oman time

Session 5

Domain Names Dispute Resolution Practices

The title of the session may seem boring but the issue has never been such: Members are welcome to share their cases, whether spooky or funny but definitely cautionary for everyone.

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak ‖ .PG
  • Doug Isenberg ‖ GigaLaw
  • Shubham Saran ‖ NIXI
  • Dejan Đukić ‖ RNIDS
  • Thu Thuy (Ms.) ‖ VNNIC

Session 6

Technical: IoT and DNS

Here is a good recipe: take Members keen on drilling into a subject matter; take the RIPE NCC team at the forefront of R&D in and around the Internet, blend them properly and voila! A session to expand the boundaries of our universe. Bon appetite, techies!

Moderator: Jad El-Cham ‖ RIPE NCC

  • Andrey Kolesnikov ‖ IOTAS
  • Dr. Weixi Gu ‖ CAII
  • Alain Durand ‖ ICANN
  • Jad El-Cham ‖ RIPE NCC
09:30-10:30 Break & A Quiz Competition (Sponsored by GoDaddy Registry)

Session 7

Marketing: Market Consolidation

With a recent string of large-scale mergers and acquisition, the Names market is entering a new era- the question is, what is it in there for ccTLDs? Members are invited to share their perspectives on the matter.

Moderator: Shubham Saran ‖ NIXI
  • Stephen Deerhake ‖ .AS
  • Joel Disini ‖ dotPH
  • Raedene McGary ‖ Uni Naming Registry
  • Kevin Murphy ‖ Domain Incite

Concluding Session

Moderator: Leonid Todorov ‖ APTLD

  • The APTLD80 Host’s Presentation
  • Chair’s Concluding Remarks and Closure of the Meeting

The APTLD Members Annual General Meeting

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

  • Approve nominations of the ascending Board members;
  • Endorse the Board Chair Report for 2020
  • Approve the 2020 APTLD Accounts
  • Discuss other matters of general concern

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