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AusRegistry International on the road

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

By Jon Lawrence

Earlier this month, I attended three industry meetings on two continents, which made for a long but rewarding trip. I had the pleasure of meeting many new contacts from across the globe, presented a variety of information about our experiences in operating a TLD Registry at two of these meetings and participated in a very interesting and constructive ICANN Meeting.

The Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) meeting, held alongside the APRICOT and APNIC meetings in Kuala Lumpur was well attended and featured updates from a number of ccTLD Managers from across the region on topics such as the roll-out of IDN ccTLDs and DNSSEC.

I delivered a presentation, titled ‘Launching an IDN ccTLD’ which focused on the non-technical issues that need to be considered to ensure a smooth launch of an IDN ccTLD.

Next stop was Nairobi, for the African Top Level Domain Association (AfTLD) Meeting.  This was our first opportunity to attend an AfTLD meeting, and it was a pleasure to meet many of the ccTLD Managers from across Africa.  I was again given the opportunity to deliver a presentation, titled ‘Building a successful ccTLD’, which provided an overview of a wide range of factors that combine to make a ccTLD successful.

The ICANN Meeting, at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, in downtown Nairobi, turned out to be one of the more intriguing and successful ICANN meetings in some time.  Numbers were certainly down as many people were put off by the security situation in Nairobi, but this resulted in a large increase in the number of remote participants.  ICANN had taken steps to enhance their remote participation facilities, in anticipation of the larger numbers, and it worked very well by all reports.  The local organisers, KENIC and the Communications Commission of Kenya, along with ICANN’s meeting team did a great job of keeping everything running smoothly on the ground, despite Nairobi’s security and traffic challenges, and especially as they found out at the last minute that they would have to share the venue with a regional Heads of State meeting being held to discuss the peace process in Southern Sudan.

Everything went off without any major hitches though and the Gala Night, held at the famous Carnivore restaurant, was also a great success.

At the end of the week, the Board voted down the Expression of Interest proposal for the new gTLD program.

Despite this decision, there was much to be positive about as a number of the overarching issues appear to be close to resolved, including Trademark protection and scaling of the Root.  See our blog on the outcomes of this here. ICANN staff have also indicated that the next draft of the Applicant Guidebook (version 4, due out before the next meeting in Brussels, in June), will be ‘nearly final’ which is great news for future gTLD applicants.

On the IDN front, the Board also confirmed that two character IDN gTLDs are likely to be permitted, at least in non-Latin character sets, which will come as a relief to many Asian gTLD applicants.  The Board also passed two resolutions that indicate that finding a solution to the issue of IDN variants is a major priority.  This is particularly relevant to the Chinese script as there are both Simplified and Traditional variants of many Chinese characters, and potentially affects both gTLDs and ccTLDs using Chinese script.

AusRegistry International to attend APTLD, AfTLD and ICANN Nairobi Meetings

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

By Jon Lawrence

Over the coming weeks, I will be attending a number of international conferences as we continue to work with our clients and share our knowledge with other industry experts.

Next week, the Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) in Kuala Lumpur will be our focus.  AusRegistry International has been a supporter of APTLD for some years now and I’m looking forward to meeting with and learning from ccTLD Managers from around the region.  As APTLD was a driving force behind ICANN’s decision to move forward with the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Program, and a number of countries from the region have already submitted applications for IDN ccTLDs in their local scripts, a large focus of the meeting will naturally be on the roll-out of these new IDN ccTLDs.  I will be among the presenters talking about the issues involved in getting a new ccTLD off the ground.

At the conclusion of the APTLD Meeting I will be travelling on to Nairobi for the African Top Level Domain Association (AfTLD) and ICANN Meetings being held there.  AusRegistry International became the first Associate Member of AfTLD in 2009 and I am looking forward to meeting ccTLD Managers from across the continent and continuing our work with the Association to promote capacity building and industry best practice.  Additionally, I will be sharing our knowledge on how to build and manage a successful TLD via a presentation to the group.

The ICANN Meeting in Nairobi following the AfTLD meeting also promises to be interesting with some very important topics such as the Expression of Interest and the issue of Vertical Integration between gTLD Registries and Registrars for new TLDs likely to attract significant attention from the community. Despite a likely lower attendance than at previous meetings due to security concerns, I still look forward to meeting with those who will be making the journey.

Similarly, the IDN Policy Development Process also continues and we look forward to hearing the latest update on this important policy work.

If you’re attending any of these meetings, and would like to arrange a meeting, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

APTLD Meeting – Kuala Lumpur, 1st & 2nd March 2010
AfTLD Meeting – Nairobi, 7th March 2010
ICANN Meeting 37 – Nairobi 7th to 12th March 2010

APTLD calls on ICANN to finalise IDN ccTLD Fast Track process

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

By Jon Lawrence

Jonathan Shea, the Chair of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) has written to Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of the ICANN Board, urging that the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Implementation Plan be ‘finalised and approved with no more delay’.

Shea’s letter, dated 31st August, addresses the three issues that are of primary concern to much of the ccTLD community:

– he repeats earlier calls from both the ccNSO and GAC that, due to the non-profit nature of many ccTLD registries, the proposed fees should not be mandatory;
– similarly, he urges that formal agreements between ICANN and IDN ccTLD Managers should be voluntary, and;
– he demands that IDN variant strings must be delegated to the same IDN ccTLD Manager, who should have ‘the prerogative to deploy both the normal and variant strings to meet the needs of the local community’.

AusRegistry International is an Associate member of APTLD and we support the Association’s call for the IDN Fast Track Program to be finalised as soon as possible.

As reported in our review of the recent APTLD meeting, we understand that ICANN staff are working towards having the Implementation Plan ready for a Board vote at the next ICANN meeting in Seoul, in late October.

We, along with our clients in the ccTLD community, very much hope that the Implementation Plan will be ready for the Seoul meeting and that the Board will approve it.

See APTLD’s letter to ICANN (pdf).

Review of APTLD meeting in Beijing

Monday, August 31st, 2009

By Jon Lawrence

As mentioned previously, AusRegistry International staff attended the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) Members meeting held in Beijing last week (20th and 21st of August).

The meeting, hosted by CNNIC (the .CN registry), was attended by over 50 people representing ccTLDs from around the region as well as a number of associate members and representatives from ICANN.  CNNIC were warm and gracious hosts and on the first evening attendees enjoyed an interesting tour of the Summer Palace followed by some impressive local entertainment and a traditional Chinese banquet.

Highlights of the conference included:
•     a status update on the IDN ccTLD Fast Track program from ICANN
•    an update from the Chinese Domain Name Consortium (CDNC) on the issue of IDN variants
•    presentations from members on various topics including DNSSEC and the Conficker worm

AusRegistry International presentations
AusRegistry International staff also presented to the conference on two topics:
•    Jon Lawrence presented Implementing an IDN Registry
•    CEO Adrian Kinderis presented How to write an RFP

IDN ccTLD Fast Track update – ICANN
The update from ICANN’s Tina Dam on the IDN ccTLD Fast Track program indicated that they are working to finalise the remaining outstanding issues to facilitate a vote by the ICANN Board at the Seoul ICANN meeting in October 2009.  Should that vote be successful, ICANN Staff are working to have the first batch of IDN ccTLDs live in Q4 of 2009.

This is great news for our international ccTLD clients who are eagerly awaiting the ability to implement their new IDN TLD via the Fast Track process. Many are currently trialling our recently completed IDN Registry Platform in preparation for ‘go-live’.

IDN Variants – CDNC
Lucy Wang gave an interesting presentation on behalf of the CDNC on the issue of Handling of Variants.  In this she argued for the implementation of variants at the root level due to their importance, particularly within the Chinese language community.

This is a topic close to our heart as our international ccTLD clients work through the process of how to best resolve and/or block names in their registries to ensure the easy adoption and clear end user understanding with IDN domain names. We look forward to reviewing ICANN staff’s approach to dealing with this tricky subject.

To review the other presentations from the meeting please visit the APTLD website.

AusRegistry International to attend APTLD meeting in Beijing China

Friday, July 24th, 2009

By Jon Lawrence

Continuing our active participation in the ccTLD community, AusRegistry International will be attending the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) Members meeting to be held in Beijing on 20th and 21st of August.

APTLD currently boasts 36 member ccTLDs from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, representing more than half the world’s population and over a dozen associate members from across the industry spectrum (including AusRegistry International).  APTLD plays an important role as a forum for members to share their experiences in relation to technological and operational issues, as well as acting as an interface to other international Internet coordinating bodies.

At the Beijing meeting, AusRegistry International will be sharing our experiences relating to the implementation of IDN functionality into our Registry System and building on existing relationships with ccTLD managers from around the region.

We look forward to seeing our many clients and friends across the region in Beijing.

See the APTLD website for more information about this meeting.