The 77th APTLD Members Meeting and AGM took
place in Melbourne, Australia, on 20 and 21 February 2020. Hosted by auDA, the
.AU ccTLD operator, the Meeting has become the biggest APTLD gathering so far,
attracting 130 Members’ representatives and guests representing AP*
organizations and the global domain names industry, as well as the Government
The path to the Meeting’s success was particularly
challenging due to adverse effects of bushfires in Australia and the global
coronavirus outbreak, which affected some Members’ availability for the
Meeting; yet, both the host and the APTLD community displayed their commitment
to holding the Meeting notwithstanding. Strong support of the Meeting was received
from the corporate sector: in addition to auDA, APTLD Members auDA, Afilias and
Neustar, as well as non-Members CentralNic and VentraIP proved very keen to
sponsor the Meeting.
APTLD77 was traditionally preceded by 2 days of
training. Delivered by Afilias and APTLD in association with a local expert, the
first day focused on GR and risk management topics; the second day featured the
.LK team to share their rich expertise in the cybersecurity area. The
attendance on both days was record-breaking, too.
As many as 22 APTLD Ordinary Members and 9 Associate
Members made it to APTLD77. Thanks to auDA’s targeted grant, APTLD has managed
to ensure the participation in the Meeting of Pacific Islands’ ccTLD registries
through the use of fellowships.
The Meeting was
held in the traditional two-track mode boasting a total of 13 sessions and over
50 panelists and presenters, including a number of remote ones, to cover the
administrative, policy, technical, and security areas, as well as Internet
cooperation with Neustar, introduced an innovative format of holding an
off-site workshop on cybersecurity; in addition, an idea wall was introduced to
participants to share their thoughts about both the APTLD’s future and to
contribute to the prospective APTLD78 agenda.
auDA as the Meeting
host spared no effort to ensure APTLD77 was a huge success. The Gala night and
the traditional post-Meeting networking event proved equally successful and
drew a big number of participants sharing the spirit of inclusivity and
friendly cooperation across the Membership.
At the opening,
APTLD signed an MoU with the Pacific Islands Chapter of ISOC, which should
allow both organizations to join forces in pursuing their missions across the
Southern Pacific area.
At the closure
of the Meeting, TWNIC unveiled the destination and dates of APTLD78, that is, Taipei,
3-4 September 2020. Also, traditionally, the APTLD78 website – http://aptld78.tw/ – was
unveiled, with draft Meeting agenda to be uploaded shortly after a traditional review
and comments period.
At the ensuing
Annual General Meeting, Members approved the re-elected Board member Mr. Gihan
Dias (.LK), and elected Board Members Mr. Brent Carey (.NZ), Mr. Erhan
Karabardak (.PG) and Mr. Yudho Giri Sucahyo (.ID). The community thanked Mr.
Hasnul Fadhly B. Hasan for his service on the APTLD Board. The Members also received
the APTLD Chair update, approved the 2019 Accounts, selected the APTLD auditor,
and outlined the 2020 budget.
its meeting held after AGM, the APTLD Board re-elected Ms. Ai-chin Lu (.TW) as the
APTLD Board Chair, Mr. Gihan Dias (.LK) –as the Vice Chair, Mr, Qiang Li (.CN)-
as the Treasurer, and Mr. Erhan Karabardak (.PG) as the Secretary.
APTLD would like to thank auDA, Afilias Australia,
Neustar Inc, CentralNic PLC, and VentraIP for co-sponsoring APTLD77.