Welcome to APTLD83: Lao PDR, February 2023


The time of the Meeting is the Laos Time (UTC+7)

Day 0.
7 February
Training Session Day 1 Venue
01:00 AM - 02:30 AM

How to Market a Niche Product: A Case of IDN

Delivered by:
Mr. Himanshu Gupta, a digital marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in the corporate sector for companies such as Paytm, Tencent, Axio. He has a good understanding and experience of scaling digital products using performance marketing and other channels, as well as setup marketing analytics and automation programs. He has recently taught to APTLD Members under a series of marketing webinars, including a pre-APTLD82 training session.

Day 0.
17 February
Training Session Day 2 Venue
3:00 AM - 7:00 AM

How to Deploy DNSSEC on the Domain Name level

Delivered by:
Mr. Champika Wijayatunga, a renowned Internet technology and Cybersecurity professional, currently part of ICANN's Office of the CTO Team. A former IBM and APNIC officer, Champika holds a postgraduate degree in Computer Science & Engineering and professional education qualifications in Cybersecurity and delivered quite a number of training sessions and workshops for the APTLD community. The session will be held for a. 4 hours with a break between its 2 parts.

Day 0.
20 February
On-Site Training Session Venue
9:00-12:00 AM
(Vientiane Time)

Introduction into Anycast DNS

Delivered by

Mr. Dušan Stojičević , the Marketing Director for Eastern Europe at Gransy, an APTLD Associate Member.
With his background in electronic engineering, Mr. Stojičević was the Editor- in- Chief of the oldest PC magazine in the former Yugoslavia, a member of the Board of Governors of RNIDS, the Serbian ccTLD, also an APTLD Associate Member and was directly involved in launching Serbia's IDN ccTLD.
At ICANN community, he was the Chairman of Cyrillic Generation Panel and currently he is vice-chair of Universal Acceptance Steering Group. Dušan presented at numerous APTLD Meetings and was involved in capacity building projects for .IQ and .OM, among others

Day 1.
21 February
Session Venue



Opening Session

This short session is intended to set the tone for the Meeting and update Members on APTLD’s major developments in 2022 and plans for 2023.

Moderator: Ai-Chin Lu, APTLD Board Chair

Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor

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

  • Yien Chyn Tan, ICANN
  • Hiro Hotta, ICANN Nominating Committee
  • Raj Singh, ISOC AP Bureau (remotely)
  • Andrew Molivurae, Pacific IGF
  • Paul Wilson, APNIC (remotely)
  • Amrita Choudhury, APRALO
Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor
10:30-11:15 Coffee Break & Group Photo

Session 2

Members’ Updates

APTLD Members work tirelessly across the region, and their operations are as diverse as the region itself. In the session, they share the most exciting developments they have accomplished to date.

Moderator: Boyoung Kim, KISA

  • Rajiv Kumar, NIXI
  • Faig Farmanov, InTrans/.AZ
  • Russel Deka Harada, PGUOT/.PG
  • Tenanoia Simona, Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation
  • Munir Badr, UK Intis Telecom Ltd
  • Wibhashini De Silva, LK Domains Registry
Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor
11:10 -12:10

Session 3

Panel Discussion:Metaverse and Web3 and Their Impact on the Names Industry

Since it became the most hyped technology buzzword, there has been no shortage of visionaries, pioneers, and entrepreneurs lining up to tell us what they think it is. So’ let’s have a listen to industry prophets -and who knows, maybe some of them have even got it right.

Moderator: Jordan Carter, auDA

  • Andrei Kolesnikov, Russian IoT Association (remotely)
  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
  • Gihan Dias, .LK Domain Registry
Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor
13:15-14:30 Lunch

Session 4A (Venue: Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor)

Cybersecurity Regulations and the Role of Government
Bruce Schneier is often quoted as saying, If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology, - but he falls short of who and what can. In search of panacea the session will understandably focus on regulation and governments.

Moderator: Yudho Giri Sucahyo, PANDI

  • Arktos Lam, HKIRC
  • Yien Chyn Tan, ICANN
  • Andrey Vorobyev, .RU/.РФ
  • Anisone Kingsada, LANIC

Session 4B (Venue: May Hall, 1st Floor)

Technical: Maintaining an effective and secure DNS
Has it ever dawned on you that DNS is kind of the hamster under the hood that drives the Internet? If not, try to imagine it for as moment and let’s be smart and examine the it but let’s make sure no animal was harmed in the making of this examination

Moderator: Nguyen Thu Thuy, VNNIC
  • Christian Schöpp, NIC.AT
  • Ed Lewis, ICANN (remotely)
  • Nai-Wen Hsu, TWNIC
  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
15:30-15:40 Technical Break -

Session 5

Policy Panel Discussion: In Search of Fun for Homies

Many great thinkers praise sharing as the most precious human feature, and one of them even coined an immortal formula for that, which goes, It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none .Still, sharing zone data file data is a thorny issue for ccTLDs, and for many reasons. The panel will discuss ccTLDs’ perspectives on risks and benefits of sharing zone file data with peers and, who knows, even third parties.

Moderator: Anil Kumar Jain

  • Jiankang Yao, CNNIC
  • Patrick Myles, NetKnowledge (remotely)
  • Rocio de la Fuente, LACTLD (remotely)
  • Olga Baskakova, .RU/.РФ
Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor
16:40-17:00 Coffee Break -
17:00-17:30 Wrap-up of the day and housekeeping announcements
18:30 Leaving for Members’ Gala Dinner – on foot (500 m)

Members’ Gala Dinner – Kualao Reastaurant


Day 2.
22 February
Session Venue
08:30-9:00 Technical Break -

The APTLD Members Annual General Meeting

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 2022;
  • Approve the 2022 APTLD accounts;
  • Discuss APTLD’s future and other matters of general concern;
Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor
10:30-10:40 Technical Break -

Session 6A (Venue: Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor )

In-house Staff Capacity Building
Do you know that capacity building originally meant helping people to help themselves, while now it rather means required training to deliver imposed policies? So, the purpose is clear, but the How? still needs to be explored.

Moderator: Yuri Takamatsu, JPRS
  • Keisuke Mii, JPRS
  • Andrew Molivurae, TRBR
  • The Hon. Douangboupha Phavanhna, MTC of LAO P.D.R
  • Russel Deka Harada, PGUOT/.PG

Session 6B(Venue: May Hall, 1st Floor)

Technical: Confusing String Similarity
ICANN’s new gTLD Applicant Guidebook states that CSS occurs when one string “so nearly resembles another that it is likely to deceive or cause confusion.” It is up to ccTLDs to ensure this optic illusion won’t happen. The session will discuss recent practices in the area.

Moderator:Hiro Hotta, JPRS
  • Anil Jain, NIXI
  • Pitinan Kooarmornpatana, ICANN
  • Hiro Hotta, JPRS
11:40-11:50 Technical Break -

Session 7A (Venue: Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor)

Marketing Challenges for ccTLDs in the light of the new round of New gTLDs
Trust us, there is no shortage of wise words about the future but even the wisest cannot prophet what is up there, behind the new round of new gTLDs. So, unleash your imagination to get ready.

Moderator:Ian Chiang, TWNIC
  • Lydia Chang, TWNIC
  • Shubham Saran, NIXI
  • Jia Rong Low, ICANN (remotely)
  • Raedene McGary, Tucows

Session 7B (Venue: May Hall, 1st Floor )

Technical: Automated Detection of Malicious Registrations
The word “malicious” has 39 synonyms, while “good”- 53 ones, so the hope for the better is still there. APTLD boasts enough white knights to take on the challenge, and they are happy to arm everyone with their expertise.

Moderator: Jordan Carter, auDA
  • Vadim Mikhailov, RU/.РФ
  • Jeff Bedser, iThreat (remotely)
  • Tszheng Guo, TWNIC
  • Pinky Brand, IQGlobal (remotely)
  • Bruce Tonkin, auDA (remotely)
12:50-14:00 Lunch

Session 8

Panel discussion
Policy: ccTLDs and Internet Governance for the Youth

Moderator: Andrew Molivurae, TRBR of Vanuatu

  • Boyoung Kim, KISA
  • Pranav Tiwari, ISOC Foundation (remotely)
  • Aditya H. Hasibuan, PANDI
  • Mele Manitisa, Tonga Women for ICT (remotely)
  • Crystal Kewe, Crysan Technology Ltd, PNG (remotely)
  • Andrey Aleynikov & Pavel Pozdnyakov, Coordination Center .RU/.РФ
Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor

Session 9

Panel discussion
Trademark Protection under Different Legal Regimes
Who said law experts are just a bunch of boiled shirts? Law is like poetry, actually! For naysayers, here is a piece of lyrics The Way You Protect (The Eager, Knowledgeable and Passionate Person Song) by an imaginary band Paralegals, which we’ve composed as an homage to our legal experts. And the tune will be the panel’s, of course.

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak, .PG

  • Dejan Djukic, RNIDS
  • Vipul Jain, NIXI (remotely)
  • Raedene McGary, Tucows
Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break -

Concluding Session

Moderator:Leonid Todorov, APTLD

  • Fellows’ Reports and Takeaways
  • Chair’s concluding remarks and closure of the Meeting
  • Housekeeping announcements
Vientiane Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor

Board Retreat

Plaza II, 1st Floor
Day 3.
22 February
08:30- 17:00

Members' Networking Event
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