Courtesy of Chandra Chakradhar


Day 0. Feb 20 Session Venue

Trainees Registration

Training Session Day 1

09:30-10:00 Registration, welcome coffee
10:00-12:30 Training, Part 1
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Training, Part II
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 Training, Part III
Note: coffee breaks will be served in the adjacent hall; lunch will be served in the Coffee Shop adjacent to the hotel

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.

Meeting Room Two, 2nd floor (please follow the signs)
Day 0. Feb 21
Session Venue

Training Session Day 2

Note: coffee breaks will be served in the adjacent hall; lunch will be served in Chinese Restaurant, ground floor

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

Meeting Room Two, 2nd floor (please follow the signs)
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.

Moderator: Leonid Todorov

  • Choon Sai Lim, APTLD Board Chair: Welcome Address
  • Mr. Subhash Dhakal, Representative of the Government of Nepal: Welcome and Keynote Address
  • Sanjib Raj Bhandari, .NP: Host’s Welcome Address
Arch Hall, 1st Floor

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

  • Lianna Galstyan, APRALO
  • Yannis Li, APrIGF
  • Hiro Hotta, ccNSO
  • Jia-Rong Low, ICANN
  • Kim Davies, PTI (formerly IANA)
  • Kaveh Ranjbar, RIPE NCC
Arch Hall, 1st Floor
10:30–11:00 Official Group Photo (please follow the Meeting management team’s instructions)
Coffee Break (inside the Arch hall)

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

  • Byron Holland, .CA (remotely)
  • Bart Boswinkel, ICANN
  • Leonid Todorov, APTLD
  • Stephen Deerhake, .AS
Arch Hall, 1st Floor

Session 3

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

  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
  • Pavel Gussev, .KZ: KazNIC infrastructure
  • Sergei Povalishev, .BY/БЕЛ
  • Dmitry Kokhmanyuk, .UA
  • Maarten Bosteels, .BE (via proxy)
Arch Hall, 1st Floor
13:00–14:00 Lunch Terrace, 1st floor

Session 4

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, operational stability and business continuity 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: Alister Paterson, auDA

  • Pavel Khramtsov, .RU
  • Ching Chiao, BRANDMA
  • Eldar Ishimbaev, .UZ
  • Queh Ser Pheng, .SG
  • Steven Barry, .CA: Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Service; CIRA’s Experience (remotely)
  • Sampath Hennayake, .LK: Registry Services Relocation - .LK Registry’s Best Practice
  • Mohamad Shidiq Purnama, .ID: Maintaining High Level SLA for DNS and Registry Application
Arch Hall, 1st Floor
15:30–16:00 Coffee Break
Inside the Arch hall

Session 5A (Venue: Arch Hall, 1st Floor)

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
  • Emilie Turbat, AFNIC (remotely)
  • Lilian van Mierlo, SIDN (remotely)
  • Tinuk Andriyanti, .ID

Session 5B (Venue: Meeting Room Two, 2nd Floor)

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 (remotely)
  • Jan Horak, Gransy
  • Ching Chiao, BRANDMA: Registry Software Solutions: exploring new gTLDs’ best practices
  • Kim Davies, PTI (formerly IANA)
17:00–17:30 Paul Wilson, APNIC: Update on APNIC’s Development
Wrap-up of the day and housekeeping notices
Arch Hall, 1st Floor

Members' Dinner

Banquet Hall, Annapurna Hotel
Day 2. Feb 23
Session Venue

Session 6A (Venue: Arch Hall, 1st Floor)

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.

Moderator: Hasnul Fadhly B Hasan, .MY
  • Debbie Monahan, .NZ
  • Sergo Karakozov, .??
  • Lianna Glastyan, .AM
  • Andrei Vorobyev, .RU/.РФ
  • Sigit Widodo, .ID: Using National Identity Number for Domain Name Registration

Session 6B (Venue: Meeting Room Two, 2nd Floor)

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….

Moderator: Kaveh Ranjbar, RIPE NCC
  • Muhammad Moinur Rahman
  • Philip Paeps, FreeBSD Developer
  • Virgil Griffith, Ethereum Research
  • Munir Badr, AE Server
  • Dmitry Kokhmanyuk, .UA
  • Alain Durand, ICANN

Session 7

The Registry of the Future and How APTLD Should Support It
With two initial presentations at the beginning of the session, Members will be then invited to discuss in groups and present for a further general discussion challenges ccTLDs would face in the future and possible responses to them, and which role APTLD should play in helping members in this regard.

Moderator: Zhang Xiao, CNNIC
  • Joe Alagna, Afilias
  • Raedene McGary, CentralNic
  • Gihan Dias, APTLD Board
Arch Hall, 1st Floor
12:00–12:30 Coffee Break
Inside the Arch hall

Session 8

Policy | Joint Session with APR 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
  • Laurent Ferrali, Director Government and IGO Engagement, ICANN
  • Alice Munyua, ICANN Government Engagement Representative
  • Pua Hunter, GAC Representative, Cook Islands
  • Subhash Dhakal, GAC Representative, Nepal
Arch Hall, 1st Floor
13:30–14:30 Lunch Terrace, 1st Floor

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 2017
  • Approve the Auditor for 2018
  • Approve the 2018 APTLD budget
  • Discuss other matters of general concern
Arch Hall, 1st Floor
16:00–16:30 Coffee Break
Inside the Arch hall

Concluding Session

Moderator: Choon Sai Lim, SGNIC

  • APTLD74 Host’s Presentation
  • Unveiling the APTLD74 Website
  • Chair’s Concluding Remarks
  • Housekeeping Announcements and Closure of the Meeting
Arch Hall, 1st Floor

Board Retreat

Conference Room II, 2nd Floor
Feb 24
Members’ Networking Event: for details please contact GM

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