Welcome to APTLD 82: Oman 26-27 October 2022


The time of the Meeting is the Gulf time (UTC+4)

Day 1.
26 October
Session Venue


Prefunction area, LG Level

Introductory Session

This short session is intended to set the tone for the Meeting.

MC: Leonid Todorov, APTLD

  • Ai-chin Lu, APTLD Board Chair
  • H.E. Omar bin Abdullah AL-Qatabi, V.P. of Telecom Regulatory Sector, TRA of Oman
  • Saif Al Ghafri, Domain Names Department Manager, TRA of Oman
Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level

Session 1

Partner Organizations’ Updates

A part of a vibrant regional ecosystem, APTLD keeps promoting working relations with numerous peer I* organizations, and they are pleased to share their up- to-date progress reports.

Moderator: Ai-chin Lu, TWNIC

  • Jad El Cham, RIPE NCC (remotely)
  • Alejandra Reynoso, ccNSO (remotely)
  • Edmon Chung, DotAsia
  • Stephen Deerhake, ccPDP3 Retirement Working Group
  • Fahd Batayneh, ICANN
  • Peter van Roste, CENTR (remotely)
Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level
09:30-10:15 Group Photo - Pool area; Coffee Break - Prefunction area

Session 2

Members’ Updates

In the session, we traditionally have Members and APTLD Fellows’ updates on recent developments in their organizations.

Moderator: Boyoung Kim, KISA (.KR) (remotely)

  • Mostofa-Al Mahmud, BTCL (.BD)
  • Santanu Acharya, NIXI
  • Andrew Molivurae, TRBR (.VU)
  • Ruwan Wigamage, .LK Domain Registry
  • Kenny Huang, TWNIC (remotely)
  • Dusan Stojcevic, Gransy
Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level
11:15 -12:15

Session 3

Administrative: Registry KPIs

A panel discussion on posh corporate governance terms is about what it takes and what we should be judging ourselves against when it comes to being a good registry operator?

Moderator:Hesham AlHammad, CITC/.SA

  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
  • Irina Danelia, .RU/.РФ
  • Raedene McGary, Tucows
  • Ruwan Maldeniya, .LK Domain Registry
  • Paul Kane, Community DNS
Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level
12:15-13:15 Lunch - The Straights Restaurant, Lower Ground area

Session 4A (Venue: Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level)

Administrative: Detrition, Transition, Rendition
In the session, Members and guest industry experts will share tips on how to transit a registry and lessons (not bitter ones, God forbid!) learned.

Moderator: Steph Viljoen, auDA (remotely)

  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
  • Evgeny Kuskevich, .SU
  • Atsushi Endo, JPRS
  • George Pongas, GoDaddy Registry
  • Sami Mohamed Ali, .BH (non-member)

Session 4B (Venue: Zaiba I, LG Level)

Technical: Back Up and Don’t Back Down
Techies, here is your call: please tell us more about ways and means to bolster the Registry’s resilience through a robust backup system. You sure have stories for us in stock and we are eager to get first-hand knowledge!

Moderator:Hiro Hotta, JPRS
  • Vadim Mikhailov, .RU/.РФ
  • Rishab Dhaniya, NIXI
  • Garth Miller, COCCA
14:15-14:45 Coffee Break - prefunction area at Zaiba (LG level)

Session 5A (Venue: Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level)

Policy: Takin’ It to the Different Level
Have you noticed that quite a number of ccTLDs transited from the 3rd- level Registrations to the 2nd-level ones? Trendy? Maybe. The panel will discuss what is behind the registries’ moves and what their expectations are.

Moderator: Yuri Takamatsu, JPRS
  • Tom Webb, CentralNic (remotely)
  • Steph Viljoen, auDA (remotely)
  • Anthony Lee, TWNIC

Session 5B (Venue: Zaiba I, LG Level)

Technical: DNS Abuse Management by Registry and Registrars
Our linguistic department reports that the word “abuse” comes from the Latin abūsus, meaning "misuse," or "use wrongly." It began as a verb and became a noun in the mid-15th century.
The rest is up to Members’ techies to share.

Moderator: Yudho Giri Sucahyo, PANDI
  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
  • Olga Baskakova, RU/.РФ
  • Raedene McGary, Tucows
  • Rajiv Kumar, NIXI
  • Isnawan Isnawan, PANDI
15:45-16:00 Wrap-up of the day and housekeeping notices - Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level
18:30 Leaving for the APTLD Members Dinner (from the Hormuz Grand by bus)
Delegates staying in other hotels, please consult GM for their shuttle schedules

Members Dinner hosted by TRA of Oman

Rozna “The Castle Restaurant” in Al Maardih St. (near Ministry of Higher Education)
T.+968 95522920; +968 22022220; Instagram account : Roznaoman
22:00 Return to the Grand Hormuz and other Meeting hotels /points of assembly
Day 2.
27 October
Session Venue
07:15-08:00 Morning Coffee: Prefunction area at Zaiba (LG level)

Session 6A (Venue: Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level)

Marketing: Leveling the Playing Field
You know, there are two kinds of Registrars : those keen to succeed and those who are not. The rest is the registry’s job, so what should we do to ensure local Registrars have a fair chance when internationals are in town? For second place is the first loser in the competition, you know.

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak, .PG (remotely)
  • Michaela Cruden, CentralNic
  • Kote Karosandize, .გე IDN ccTLD for Georgia
  • Saiful Islam, BTCL (.BD)
  • Munir Badr, AE Server
  • Mai Thu Thuy, VNNIC

Session 6B (Venue: Zaiba room I, LG Level)

Technical: Encryption between the Resolver and the Authorized Server
Been there, seen it? If not, let the witnesses share with you great stories and experiences from IETF, the upper crust of the nerd community about encryption - fresh, unbiased and unredacted.

  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
  • Paul Hoffman, ICANN (remotely)
09:00-09:10 Technical Break (coffee station will be open through the end of the day) - The prefunction area

Session 7A (Venue: Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level)

Policy: Blocklist, Reserve, Prohibit
They say, prohibition didn't work in the Garden of Eden - Adam ate the apple anyway. So, maybe it is time to talk about best practices for managing lists when it comes to choosing names to block, transparency and release practices instead?

Moderator: Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, VNNIC
  • Olga Baskakova, RU/.РФ
  • Santanu Acharya, NIXI
  • Ralston Ferreira, LK Domain Registry

Session 7B (Venue: Zaiba room I, LG Level)

Technical: Technical Challenges for a Registry under Sanctions
We are living in interesting times and if you are interested, we invite interested parties to share interesting details about something they’d rather prefer not to be interested in.

Moderator:Leonid Todorov, APTLD
  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
  • Evgeny Kuskevich, .SU
  • Ibrahim S. Al-Fayoumi, PNINA
  • Bill Woodcock, PCH (remotely)
  • Irina Danelia, RU/.РФ
  • Sergey Povalishev, hoster.by (remotely)
10:10-10:45 Coffee break - The prefunction area

Session 8A (Venue: Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level)

Marketing: Every Brand Tells a Story
Rephrasing Jeff Bezos, a brand for a registry is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.
So, tell us more about ways you are building your registry’s brand and what the elements of good branding for your ccTLD are.

Moderator: Anil Kumar Jain, NIXI (remotely)
  • Kelly Hardy, CentralNic
  • James Brown, GoDaddy Registry
  • BATTUMUR Tulga, Datacom Ltd (.MN)
  • Saiful Islam, BTCL (.BD)

Session 8B (Venue: Zaiba room I, LG Level)

Technical: EAI: A Singalong for Everyone
The #1 punk rock band’s iconic anthem goes,
There's unlimited supply/And there is no reason why/I tell you it was all a frame/They only did it 'cos of fame And our updated refrain line goes, N-o-o-o?! EAI, EAI, EAI…….
And the anthem goes, Don't judge a book just by the cover/Unless you cover just another/And blind acceptance is a sign/Of stupid fools who stand in line
And our updated refrain line goes, Talk EAI, EAI, EAI….

Moderator: Mark Svancarek, Microsoft (remotely)
  • Dmitry Belyavsky, independent expert (remotely)
  • Maria Kolesnikova, RU/.РФ
  • Eduardo Alvarez, ICANN (remotely)
  • Abdalmonem Galia, MICT of Egypt
  • Dusan Stojecvic, Gransy

Public Forum

With the APTLD’s reincorporation in progress, meet the APTLD Board to ask straight questions and get candid answers to your concerns and expectations, and have your say on APTLD’s future and its service to the community.

Moderator: Leonid Todorov, APTLD

Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level

Concluding Session

Moderator:Ai-chin Lu, TWNIC

Zaiba rooms II&III, LG Level
13:45-14:45 Lunch - The prefunction area

Board Meeting

Boardroom 2, G Level
Day 3.
28 October
07:00 am- 6:00 pm

Members' Networking Event
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