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


Day 0. Feb 22 Session Venue

Trainees Registration

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

Day 0. Feb 23
Session Venue

Training Session Day 2

Note: On both training days, coffee breaks and lunches will be served at: (tbc)
Day 1. Feb 24
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 2020and plans for 2021.

Moderator: Leonid Todorov ‖ APTLD

  • Ai-chin Lu ‖ Board Chair, APTLD
  • Representative ‖ TRA Oman

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

  • Katrina Sataki ‖ ccNSO
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

  • Wilson Wong ‖ HKIRC: The .hk Cybersecurity Programme
  • Dusan Stojicevic ‖ Gransy: Gransy’s Response to an Cyberattack
  • Anil Kumar Jain ‖ NIXI: A National IDN Program Update

Session 3

The Middle East: Whither Do You Go?

The ME ccTLDs’ representatives will share updates on their organizations’ operation followed by a team exercise to discuss and promote the vision and strategies to enable further expansion of their ccTLDs.

Facilitator: Shubham Saran ‖ NIXI

13:30–14:30 Lunch -

Session 4A (Venue: tbc)

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.

  • Nitin Joly ‖ NIXI

Session 4B (Venue: tbc)

Technical/Security: Thinking Big: Big Data to Mitigate DNS Abuse

Mindful as you are of enhancing security and stability of your domain, do you consider retaining the DNS data processed daily and performing automated data analyses for an early detection threats and irregularities? If so, join the session to discuss the best ways to do it.

Moderator: Anil Kumar Jain ‖ NIXI
  • Jeff Bedser ‖ IThreat

Session 5A (Venue: tbc)

RDAP Implementation

Who? On what occasion? How? To What Degree? These are just a few enduring questions for a ccTLD manager when it comes to Whois-related matters. At the intersection of policy, technical, and legal aspects, the Registration Data Access Protocol is a big issue worth thorough examination.

Moderator: Yudho Giri Sucahyo ‖ PANDI
  • Shidiq Purnama ‖ PANDI
  • Garth Miller ‖ CoCCA
  • Alexander Mayrhofer ‖ NIC.AT

Session 5B (Venue: tbc)

Technical: My DNS, My Rules: Local Solutions for the Global Vehicle

In pursuit of the best DNS performance, ccTLDs try various means go ensure synergies – fancy to share your ideas and discuss others’?

  • Shi Young Chang ‖ KISA: Creating a Multilateral DNS Swaps Alliance
  • Rajiv Kumar ‖ NIXI
16:30-17:15 Coffee Break

Session 6A (Venue: tbc)

Protection from Abjection: Securing Trademark Owners’ Rights in the Turbulent World

Though discussed a number of times, the problem has not got less urgent nor easier. The session will focus on fundamentals and best practices from across Asia Pacific and beyond to add to one’s arsenal of policy and legal means in this respect.

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak ‖ .PG

Session 6B (Venue: tbc)

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 at 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.

18:30 Leaving for Members' Gala Dinner

Members Gala Dinner

Day 2. Feb 25
Session Venue

Session 7A (Venue: tbc)

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

Session 7B (Venue: tbc)

Security: Before the Levee Breaks: Business Continuity, Privacy and Security Risk Management Lessons from the Pandemic

As registries adjust to the "new normal" in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to quickly take stock of where they stand on privacy and security risk. Even in these unusual circumstances, regardless of their sizes and sophistication, they continue to be expected to act with reasonable care and comply with their public commitments and domestic regulatory obligations and best international practices.

10:30-10:40 Technical Break

Session 8A (Venue: tbc)

Cybersquatters: Blessing or Curse?

Love’em or hate’em but they are there, for better or worse and there seems to be no cure for them. Members are invited to discuss ways and means to cope with cybersquatting – may the force be with you!


  • Doug Isenberg ‖ GigaLaw

Session 8B (Venue: tbc)

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!


11:40-12:15 Coffee Break -

Session 9

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: Pierre Bonis ‖ AFNIC

  • T. Santhosh ‖ MietY, Government of India
13:30-14:30 Lunch -

Concluding Session

Moderator: Leonid Todorov, APTLD

  • Fellows’ Reports and Takeaways
  • Chair’s concluding remarks and closure of the Meeting
  • Housekeeping announcements
15:30-16:15 Coffee Break -

The APTLD Members Annual General Meeting

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

  • Approve nominations of the ascending Board members;
  • Endorse the Board Chair's Report for 2020;
  • Approve the 2021 APTLD accounts;
  • Discuss other matters of general concern.


Board Retreat

Day 3. Feb 26

Members' Networking Event

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