Courtesy of Chandra Chakradhar


Day 0. Feb 20 Session Venue

Trainees Registration


Training Session Day 1

Technical: Introduction to Blockchain

In the session, members will be walked through conceptual, technical and even humanitarian peculiarities of blockchain as a new technical and social phenomenon. They will also have a chance to get engaged in hand-on-labs work
The session will be delivered by Muhammad Moinur Rahman. With a degree in computer science and an extensive record of work for telcos in Bangladesh, Mohammed gained the necessary hands-on experience in ICT. His interest in various aspects of development and deployment of Internet parameters and identifiers has fueled his research and tutorial activities on such topics as IPv4/IPv6 Routing and IXP Operation, MPLS, Cloud Computing & Linux Shell Programming and development of a series of tutorials on SDN, Practical Implementation of BGP Community with Geotags, IRR Toolset, RPSL (2015), and RPKI, Live Configuration Demo.
He also authored a number of papers, including ones on blockchain, and presented coached and at numerous APNIC events across the region.

Coffee breaks and lunches for the training days will be served at: (tbc)
Day 0. Feb 21
Session Venue

Training Session Day 2

Marketing: Communicating in a Crisis

Effectively managing communication with your organization’s customers and stakeholders in a crisis situation is vital to minimise reputational damage, but a well- handled crisis can also enhance reputation and brand confidence. In particular, registries and registrars are an attractive target for cyberattack and if the worst happens, clear communication is essential.
This interactive session will walk Members’ CEOs, Marketing and Communications Officers through the fundamentals of crisis communications, discuss examples and feature practical exercises, including a hands-on cyberattack scenario.

Trainers: Tony Smith, Communications Director, APNIC, and Adli Wahid, Senior Internet Security Specialist, APNIC
10:00-10:30 Registration, morning tea
10:30-12:00 Introductions and crisis communications theory
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Case study group discussions
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-16:30 Hands-on exercise
16:30-17:00 Conclusion and wrap up

Coffee breaks and lunches for the training days will be served at: (tbc)
Day 1. Feb 22
Session Venue



Introductory Session

This short session is intended to set the tone for the Meeting and update Members on major developments in 2017 and plans for 2018.


  • Choon Sai Lim, APTLD Board Chair: Welcome Address
  • Representative of the Government of Nepal: Welcome and Keynote Address
  • .NP Representative: Host's Welcome

Session 1

Updates from Partner Organizations

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: Choon Sai Lim, SGNIC

  • Paul Wilson, APNIC
  • Lianna Galstyan, APRALO
  • Yannis Li, APrIGF
  • ccNSO
  • Jia-Rong Low, ICANN
  • ISOC
  • Axel Pawlik, RIPE NCC

Session 2

...and Justice for All (in Financing ICANN)

For quite a while, ccTLDs, except those having individual contracts with ICANN, have been contributing voluntarily to its budget. Since 2013, the ccNSO Finance Working Group and the ccNSO Council have worked on Financial Contributions Guidelines to ensure ccTLDs’ per-domain contributions. The subject was discussed at ICANN60 and the community split on the matter. APTLD Members are invited to discuss pros and cons and contribute (no worries, just intellectually!)to the broader discussion on this important matter.

Moderator: Min Jung Park, .KISA

  • Jia-Rong Low, ICANN
11:15–11:45 Coffee Break & Official Group Photo tbc

Session 3A (Venue: tbc)

Legal/Administrative | Bulk Transfer: Fewer Guns and More Exits
You sure love to see your registrars prosper and grow but the right to market failure is there. So, to secure the registrars and registrants’ rights, you would most likely to resort to the Bulk Domain Transfer option that allows for multiple domain names to be submitted for transfer in a single process without the need to enter the information for each domain one by one. Typical cases involve registrant-driven Holder-Authorized Transfers; ICANN- Approved Transfers of ALL the registrations; Bulk Transfer after Partial Portfolio Acquisition ("BTAPPA"); and also Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy. Members will learn from best practices to be better prepared, for no one has cancelled the Murphy Law, right?

Moderator: Ai-chin LU, TWNIC

Session 3B (Venue: tbc)

Technical/Administrative | Registry Services Availability: Are You in Line with RA?
One has sleepless nights trying to capture how your registry sets up the registry accessibility and operational stability criteria. Do you do it within the registry or is there any stakeholder(s) to guide you? How does it impact the quality of EPP and DNS services? Do you measure your registry’s performance and if so, have you ever tried the metrics practiced by gTLDs? In search of these and other answers remember that one’s good night sleep, save your own, depends on your contribution to the session. Guaranteed.

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak, auDA
  • Pavel Khramtsov, .RU
  • Ching Chiao, BRANDMA
  • Eldar Ishimbaev, .UZ

Session 4A (Venue: tbc)

Policy | Pricing Policies: the Pitch for Registries and Registrars to Play
We talked about it at APTLD70, but the story seems a never-ending one. So, what have you done with prices for registrations recently? Have you tried to follow best practices, such as special prices for registrars and VEY special for end-customers? Why is a decision made, who makes it, and how? Share your insights and get others’ in exchange- fair deal, and no cash involved, no?

  • Andrey Vorobyev, .RU

Session 4B (Venue: tbc)

Technical | Where is Cloud 9? How to Migrate the Registry to the Cloud
Smart guys say, There is no cloud, there is someone else’s computer. Even a proud operator of a cloud-based service, you still weigh trade-offs – physical, security, and even political risks on the one hand, and scaling, the outsourced function, and global distribution, on the other. The choice is yours, but what to choose? The panelists will highlight on pros and cons for you to decide.

Moderator: Alireza Saleh, IRNIC
  • NIXI representative (tbc)
  • Raedene McGary, CentralNic
  • Pavel Gussev, .KZ: KazNIC infrastructure
15:30–16:00 Coffee Break

Session 5A (Venue: tbc)

Legal/Administrative | Dropcatching: Sticks and Carrots
Domain drop catching, also known as domain sniping, is the practice of registering a domain name once registration has lapsed, immediately after expiry. So, some get lucky to pick a desired fruit, while others are devastated by losing one, and walking the fine line to keep everybody happy and acting prudently is a real art. Come to explore it before it’s too late.

Moderator: Hiro Hotta, JPRS
  • Hiro Hotta, JPRS
  • Irina Danelia, .RU

Session 5B (Venue: tbc)

Technical | Registry Software Solutions
OK, we have a registry, which provides standard services, such as domains registration and DNS service. Can we make more of it, and if so, which services can we add to the list to make customers happy, registrars amused and ourselves prosperous? Any ideas to share?

Moderator: Gihan Dias, .LK
  • Salbiah Amran, .MY: A new domain redirection service
  • Dmitry Belyavsky, .RU
17:30–18:00 Wrap-up of the day and housekeeping notices tbc
18:30 Social Event tbc

Members Dinner

Day 2. Feb 23
Session Venue

Session 6A (Venue: tbc)

Administrative | Registration Policy: Boundless Opportunities vs. the Bounds of the Possible
In the session, members are invited to share their practices related to domain names registration. Whether a seasoned expert or a newcomer in the community, just out of curiosity, who can register domains in your ccTLD and how many registrations one can make? Also, do you verify registrants and counter malicious use of names or do you let them roam free without verification? Have you tried to integrate your registry’s data base with some other national ones? The diversity of the region speaks for a rainbow of options,worth exploring.

  • Debbie Monahan, .NZ
  • Sergo Karakozov, .გე
  • Lianna Glastyan, .AM

Session 6B (Venue: tbc)

Technical | Blockchain-Based Registry: No Kiddin’?
Based on the training session findings and building on vast experience of renowned experts, Members will have a chance to familiarize themselves with new prospects for registries in the uncharted Shangri-La of blockchain. Or, a chance may be there is no Shangri-La and it is all but mirage, who knows….

  • Muhammad Moinur Rahman
  • Philip Paes, FreeBSD Developer
  • Virgil Griffith, Ethereum Research
  • Munir Badr, AE Server

Session 7

Registry of the Future

Moderator: Zhang Xiao, CNNIC
  • Choon Sai Lim, APTLD Chair: APTLD PDP Framework
  • Leonid Todorov, APTLD GM: APTLD’s Capacity Building Efforts: Lessons Learned and Outlook
  • Joe Alagna, Afilias
  • Mohammed AL-Ammouri, CENTRALNIC
11:30–12:00 Coffee Break

Session 8

Policy | Joint Session with ATR Nations’ GAC Representatives
As ICANN is going to arrange a special training for ATR GAC reps in Kathmandu, Members are invited to seize on a unique opportunity to interact with one of the key stakeholders in the region and engage in a dialogue on the most plumbing matters of mutual interest.

Moderator: Leonid Todorov, APTLD
  • Tarek Kamel, Sr Advisor To President & SVP, Government And IGO Engagement
  • Alice Munyua, ICANN Government Engagement Representative
  • Pua Hunter, GAC representative, Cook Islands
13:00–14:30 Lunch tbc

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 Report for 2017
  • Approve the 2018 APTLD budget
  • Discuss other matters of general concern
16:00–16:30 Coffee Break

Concluding Session

Moderator: Choon Sai Lim, SGNIC

  • Chair’s Concluding Remarks and Closure of the Meeting
  • Housekeeping Announcements

Board Retreat

Feb 24
Members’ Networking Event (details to be updated soon)

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