Archive for July, 2009

AusRegistry International Review of ICANN Consultation in Hong Kong

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By Adrian Kinderis

As previously mentioned on this blog, AusRegistry International attended the ICANN Global Consultation meeting in Hong Kong last week.

It was an informative event that was very well run and attended by almost 200 people from around the region discussing all things new gTLD and IDN.

Presentations from ICANN’s Doug Brent (COO) and Karla Valente (Director of Communications and Product Services) gave an overview of the program and outlined many of the elements required in order to obtain a new gTLD.

Given the “high level” nature of the discussion and the fact that many in the audience was somewhat new to the ICANN process, there is no specific updates as such for those that have been closely following the gTLD program.

However, major outcomes/discussions from the meeting were that, specifically;

– New gTLD timelines were presented as they were in Sydney – no change which is good news
– ICANN encouraged the community to provide feedback on ensuring that all new gTLD Registries were technically certified by ICANN rather than the current ‘self-certification’ proposed for many requirements
– ICANN confirmed that work was being done by staff into two of the outstanding IDN topics raised by the community, namely 2 character names and the requirement for variants in the root for many scripts
– ICANN couldn’t provide any further information regarding another hot topic in gTLDs, the Registry/Registrar separation but suggested that clarity may be provided in Draft Application Guidebook version 3 which is due out in September.

Also at the meeting, Liz Gasster and Marika Konings (ICANN Policy Staff) gave the community some great insight into current policy discussions such as the Fast Flux and Domain Transfer processes that are currently being worked on by ICANN.

Special thanks to ISOC–HK for putting on the event and also to our friends at HiChina who provided an entertaining evening after the conference.

Stay tuned for more information from AusRegistry International when we attend the next ICANN Global Consultation in Abu Dhabi on August 4.

For those of you who would are unable to make the Abu Dhabi event, you can view it via webcast here: https://admin.na3.acrobat.com/_a819976787/outreach

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.

AusRegistry International to attend ICANN Live Outreach Meetings

Monday, July 20th, 2009

By Axia Jarnblad

With the introduction of new gTLDs in early 2010, ICANN is organising meetings at different locations across the world as part of the Global Consultation and Outreach program. Meetings have been held earlier this week in New York and London and upcoming events are also scheduled for Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong in the near future.

These meetings have been specifically organised to educate businesses, trademark experts, professional associations, consumer and other civil society groups, members of the domain name industry, government officials, potential applicants and the ICANN community on the progress of the new gTLD program and to facilitate feedback for further improvements.

Being heavily involved in the domain name industry and the new gTLD process, senior AusRegistry International staff will be in attendance at the meetings in both Hong Kong (24th July) and Abu Dhabi (4th August).

As the two events will focus mainly on new gTLDs and Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) they are of special interest to AusRegistry International as we have been active in both of these areas for quite some time.

View the meeting agenda for Hong Kong at:
http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/hk-agenda-speakers-24jul09-en.pdf

View the meeting agenda for Abu Dhabi at:
http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/ad-agenda-speakers-04aug09-en.pdf

Make sure you follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ausregistryint in order to get updated on what is happening throughout the meetings.

If you are interested in attending any of these meeting, you can register at: http://www.registration123.com/ICANN/GTLD/