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Day 0

18 February

Session Venue

Trainees Registration

Day 1 of the APTLD Members’ Training Session: Marketing

The session is envisaged to be conducted as a string of classes to be delivered by experts and practitioners from Afilias and AEServer, and including:
09:00-10:30    Registry and registrar relations, also including:

                        1. What Registrars Want
                        2. How Resellers fit in
                        3. How to Think About Domainers
                        4. Handling New Releases
10:30-11:00    Coffee break
   Communication, PR, and Earned Media in Marketing
12:30-13:30    Lunch
   Using of data and stats in marketing
14:30-15:30:    At the end of the class, trainees will be invited to undertake a test to check their expertise in marketing.

Day 0.

19 February

Session Venue

Day 2 of the APTLD Members' Training Session

Technical: IPv6 Training

For the full description of the training and supporting materials, please visit: https://www.ripe .net/support/training/courses/ipv6/outline

The training will be delivered by Massimiliano Stucchi, the IPv6 Programme Manager and a trainer at the RIPE NCC.

Expertise: IPv6, BGP, Routing Registry, RPKI, LIR operations, DNS / DNSSEC, network design and engineering.
In his position he travels around the RIPE region to perform trainings on how to better use the resources assigned by his employer. In his past life he was CTO, founder and owner of an ISP/ITSP/WISP and also a consultant with experience ranging from web technologies to carrier-grade networking topics. He is vice president of the Italian FreeBSD Users Group (GUFI).

ME DNS Session (TBC)

Note: On both training days, coffee breaks and lunches for the training days will be served at: (tbc)
20 February
Session Venue



The Opening Session

Joint Session with ICANN Middle East DNS Forum


  • Ai-chin Lu, APTLD Board Chair
  • Baher Esmat, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for the Middle East, ICANN
  • Paul Rendek, RIPE NCC
10:30-11:15 Official Group Photo/Coffee break
Official Group Photo will be taken at: (tbc)
Coffee break will be served at: (tbc)

Session 1: GDPR: Tales Not to Be Told by the Fireplace

Joint Session with ICANN Middle East DNS Forum

Panel Discussion
GDPR has now become an important piece of the operational reality for many, while the rest of the community should sense its effects, sooner or later. The panel will be discussing administrative, legal and operational gains and losses, incentives and challenge, and even horrors and nightmares they have got so far and yet to get in the future.


13:00-14:00 Lunch
Will be served at: (tbc)

Session 2A

Policy/Legal: National Cyberlaw and TLDs: the Buoy or the Deadweight?
With governments increasingly wary of cybersecurity, the session is meant to highlight the benefits ccTLDs and gTLDs gather from the tightening cyberlaw and strategies they should opt for to better adjust to stringent, if not strangling, environment.

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak, .auDA

Session 2B

Technical: UA: the Software Developers and their Response
Universal Acceptance is advancing, no doubt, and some of industry behemoths are on the pitch; however, are you aware of new players who have pioneered the IDNs universe ready to share their developments? The session is to have them share experiences and discuss with the audience ways to collaborate on the subject matter.

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Session 3A

Policy: Pin ‘Em Down… or Not: Whether Local Presence for Registrants Matters
As many governments are keen to retain the imperative of the registrants’ local presence, the big question is if it is the only solution in today’s globalized world. The session is to weigh pros and contras of open zones vis-à- vis hermetic ones and discuss good legal and administrative practices.


Session 3B

Technical: The Myth of the Better: An Alternative DNS Root and Its Implications

While astronomers are at odds over the question whether our universe is one and only, or one of many, how can one be sure DNS is set to stay on as the only universe for the TLD community? A heretical idea is a fun and a good inspiration for a techie’s job.

  • Lars-Johan Liman, Netnod
17:30-18:00 Wrap-up of the day and housekeeping notices
18:30 Leaving for the Gala Event

Gala Event

(venue – TBC)

21 February

Session Venue

Session 4A

Administrative: New Registry Services
Today’s registry is a complex machinery with many departments doing many things. The panel is to discuss which new services can be adopted to complement the traditional ones and how they benefit those who dare.

Moderator: Le Nam Trung, VNNIC

Session 4B

Security in IPv6-enabled TLDs
In this session, RIPE NCC experts will cover such important matters as- why one needsIPv6 and IPv4;- ROAs and IRR; Monitoring for IPv6;- IPv6 DDoS Protection;- Getting Proper IPv6 Connectivity;- Numbers on the traffic levels between v4 and v6.

Moderator: Hisham Ibrahim, RIPE NCC

10:00-10:10 Coffee Break

Session 5A

Marketing: Target Segments, Schmarget Segments
Dou you know any millenial around you? Better still, are YOU a millennial? No? How come? How about the elderly (and no, we do not mean you are the one). Anyway, they all are your potentiql audience, so you’d better know your enem, sorry, customers to treat them right. The session focuses on ways and means to identify and classify, and treat them so that to have your TLD prosper.

Moderator: Min Jung Park, KISA

Session 5B

Technical: KSK Rollover: Lessons Learned
Session to be developed by ICANN
As the KSK Rollover have been completed in October 2018, the community will be walked through the process to find out what should be leaned to facilitate its implementation next time and about stakeholders’ roles in the process.

11:10-11:30 Coffee break

Session 6A

Legal: Uninvolved and Unforgiven
Time flies by, so who in today’s world remembers Manila principles? You? At-a-boy :-) Now, do you feel protected as an intermediary on the Internet? No? Small surprise. So, here is the session to help you capture what constitutes your rights, protects and guides your operation. No panic, we know some folks who mind their business (and yours, too, by the way).


Session 6B

Technical: DNS over TLS
Session to be developed by RIPE NCC
By default, DNS is set over a plaintext connection. DNS over TLS is one way to send DNS queries over an encrypted connection. The goal of the method is to increase user privacy and security by preventing eavesdropping and manipulation of DNS data via man-in-the-middle attacks, which should further complement the DNSSEC-enabled environment. The session will be designed as a panel discussion with some presentations to set the scenes.

Moderator: Massimiliano Stucchi, RIPE NCC

The APTLD Annual General Meeting (Part 1)

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

  • Approve nominations of the ascending Board members;
  • Approve the 2018 Accounts
  • Endorse the Board Chair Report for 2018

Session 7B

Technical: Breaking Through to the Other Side
Session to be developed by ICANN
The session should explore how new technological solutions and developments, such as blockchain, could affect the domain names industry.

13:30-14:30 Lunch

The APTLD Annual General Meeting (Part 2)

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

  • Approve the 2019 APTLD Budget
  • Discuss other matters of general concern

ME DNS Forum Session (TBC)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

The Joint Concluding Session: Taking Stock

  • Concluding remarks and closure of the Joint Meeting
  • Housekeeping announcements

Board Retreat

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