Review of APTLD meeting in Beijing

Published on 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.

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