Day 0. Feb 18 Session Venue

Trainees Registration

Training Session Day 1

Marketing Up: How to Promote Relations between a ccTLD and Government

The purpose of the training session is to share a set of techniques which should help ccTLDs navigate their way in a very complex environment and effectively communicate with government agencies.
For the start, Joe Alagna (Afilias) will share some universal marketing principles and techniques that are applicable and relevant in the context of GR.
After that, Mr. Ian Hanke, a renowned Australian expert in GR and Communications, will walk the audience through crisis communication principles and instruments in dealing with Government. During the concluding session, Leonid Todorov, GM APTLD, will share practical tips and tricks, and offer a drill to simulate a real-life situation and to help the trainees recap on the knowledge gained.

Wool (Lower Ground)
Day 0. Feb 19
Session Venue

Training Session Day 2

Cybersecurity: Securing Registry IT Systems And Security Incidents Management

Delivered by a tandem of seasoned IT professionals from the .LK Domain Registry and TechCERT Sri Lanka, this workshop will enhance APTLD Members’ technical staff’sknowledge and hands-on experience in handling a cyberattack on a domain registry’s IT infrastructure on the basis on a simulated attack.
Four 1.5h-long sessions will walk the trainees through security of IT systems and DNS; some possible attacks and ways to detect, identify and mitigate them; and post- attack recovery action plans.
As well, while handling a simulated attack, they will work in teams to identify and respond to the attack, with the best performing team earning a special award :-) .
Trainees are expected to possess a working experience in managing IT systems including registration systems, DNS management, and to be involved in cybersecurity operation. They are also expected to have laptops configured with predefined tools/OS/Applications which they will be suggested to download shortly before APTLD77.

Wool (Lower Ground)
Note: On both training days, lunch will be served at: (tbc)
Day 1. Feb 20
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 2019 and plans for 2020.

Moderator: Leonid Todorov, APTLD

  • Ai-chin Lu, Board Chair, APTLD
  • Representative, auDA
Stock&Trade (Lower Ground)

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

  • ICANN Representative
  • Lianna Galstyan, APRALO
Stock&Trade (Lower Ground)
10:15-11:00 Coffee Break & Official Group Photo -

Session 2

Members’ Updates

Moderator: Min Jung Park, KISA

  • Roland LaPlante, Afilias & Bruce Tonkin, auDA
  • Jan Horak, Gransy s.r.o.
  • Sachini Shakila, .LK: Hithawathi- a new social project for Sri Lanka
  • Satsuki Hori, .JP: DNSSEC key signing ceremony and the role of TCR

Session 3

Brainstorming Session for ccTLDs in the Pacific

Facilitator: Leonid Todorov, APTLD

  • Taimane Tony Saaga, .WS
  • Norman Warput, .VU
  • Fereti Atalifo, .FJ
  • Faiz Tuke, .SB
13:30–14:30 Lunch -

Session 4A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

ccTLDs and Internet Governance

Moderator: Jordan Carter, .NZ
  • Hiro Hotta, .JP: "DNS Root server governance"
  • Caroline Fritsch, auDA
  • Dehigaspitiyage Don (“DD”) Prabhath, .LK: Improving the ICT Literacy of the Sri Lankan Community

Session 4B (Venue: Wool)

Technical: Time to Get UA Ready

  • Nitin Walia, Data Xgen Technologies
  • Ilia Bazlyankov, EDoms
  • Saysomvang Souvannavong, .LA: An Update on the LAO IDN (.ລາວ) Management and Promotion

Session 5A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

Marketing Strategies for Asia Pacific ccTLDs

  • Ilia Bazlyankov, EDoms
  • Will Bond, auDA
  • Askhat Gimranov, .UZ: Goodbye three-characters, or how I sold 15,000 domains per day and went on vacation

Session 5B (Venue: Wool)

Technical: The Future of IDN ccTLDs

  • Nitin Walia, Data Xgen Technologies
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

Session 6A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

Channel Marketing Practices for ccTLDs

  • Mikhail Anisimov, .RU
  • Greta Adamo, Afilias

Session 6B (Venue: Wool)

Applicable Data Science for ccTLDs

Moderator: Steph Viljoen, auDA
  • Patrick Myles, NetKnowledge
  • Jan Horak, Gransy s.r.o.
18:30 Leaving for Members' Gala Dinner

Members Gala Dinner

21:30 Return to the hotel
Day 2. Feb 21
Session Venue

Session 7A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

Registrations Takedown Policies and Case Studies

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak, APTLD Board
  • John Tomic, auDA

Session 7B (Venue: Wool)

Security: The House of Repelled Cyber Threats (Part I)
This experimental session will take its participants out of the regular conference environment to the premises of a local cybersecurity establishment (TBC) to meet with local experts for detailed discussions and a sneak peek into its operational practices (the number of participants in the session may be limited and come under the first come, first served rule-TBC).

10:30-10:40 Technical Break -

Session 8A (Venue: Stock&Trade)

Domains Names Valuation: Fundamentals and Practices
Rarely the question is asked, how to assess a domain’s value. Some members are working on a magic formula, while others tackle the matter intuitively. Either way, the time has come to discuss the economics of domain names and share some practices in this respect.


  • Kalin Karakehayov, Seo Domains
  • Angelo Giuffrida, Ventra IP

Session 8B (Venue: Wool)

Security: The House of Repelled Cyber Threats (Part II)

11:40-12:00 Coffee Break -

The APTLD Members Annual General Meeting (Part 1)

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

13:30-14:30 Lunch -

The APTLD Members Annual General Meeting (Part 2)

At the meeting (open to the Ordinary Members only ), the community will discuss the future of APTLD.

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break -

Concluding Session


  • Fellows’ Reports and Takeaways
  • Chair’s concluding remarks and closure of the Meeting
  • Housekeeping announcements

Board Retreat

Day 3. Feb 22

Members' Networking Event

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