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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.

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

AusRegistry International joins AfTLD

Monday, October 5th, 2009

By Jon Lawrence

Last week, AusRegistry International became the first Associate Member of the African Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD).

AfTLD is an industry group set up to provide a forum for the discussion of policy and the sharing of ideas and best practice among African ccTLD Managers and to provide representation within ICANN and other global internet governance forums. AfTLD currently has 18 full members, representing a range of countries from all corners of the African continent.

As an Associate Member, we look forward to sharing our significant ccTLD expertise and experience with other AfTLD members, to assist with capacity building and the ongoing development of Policy standards, Administrative processes and Technical infrastructure throughout the African ccTLD community.

In addition to becoming an Associate Member, AusRegistry International is sponsoring the West Africa Francophone ccTLD workshop, to be held in Dakar, Senegal from 7 -12 December 2009. This workshop, to be hosted by the Senegalese Network Information Center (NIC-SN) and Agence de Regulation des Telecommunication et des Postes (ARTP-Senegal) will provide technical training to French-speaking staff from newly re-delegated ccTLDs in the region and forms part of AfTLD’s ongoing capacity building program.

For more information, see the AfTLD website.