APTLD76 Communique

The 76th APTLD Members Meeting took place in the city of Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia, on 5 and 6 September 2019. Hosted by MYNIC Berhad, the .MY ccTLD registry, the Meeting got together over 100 Members’ representatives and guests representing I* organizations and Internet businesses in Asia Pacific.

The Meeting was preceded by traditional 2 days of trainings, the first of which, on DNSSEC, was delivered by ICANN, while the second – on distributed ledger based registry services – by the Etherium Names Foundation. Both classes were well attended by APTLD members.

As many as 18 APTLD Ordinary Members and 4 Associate Members made it to APTLD76. Meanwhile, thanks to its proximity to Singapore, a subregional knowledge and Hi-Tech hub and home to a number of leading Internet companies, some of them committed to contribution to the Meeting with their expertise, particularly in the area of cybersecurity.

In recognition of APTLD’s status as a major regional organization the gathering was privileged to have a high-level government representative of the State of Johor. Thus, the keynotes at the Meeting opening  and at Gala event was delivered by the Hon. YB Tuan Sr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, Member of the Johor State Executive Council, Chairman for Housing, Communication & Multimedia Committee of Johor.

The Meeting was held in the traditional two-track mode, with a total of 17 sessions and over 50 panelists and presenters sharing good practices and expertise in the administrative, policy, technical, and security areas. As well, for the first time ever, the Members participated in a groundbreaking exercise of defining the next Meeting agenda, which was run as a team exercise.

MYNIC Berhad earned everyone’s recognition for the most painstaking efforts to make APTLD76 a huge success. Not only has the MYNIC worked hard to develop the Meeting logistics but also sponsored the Gala night and the traditional post-Meeting networking event to promote the spirit of inclusivity and friendly cooperation across the Membership and get it exposed to the fascinating local culture, nature, and crafts.

At the closure of the Meeting, auDA unveiled the destination for APTLD77 and 2020 AGM, that is, Melbourne, 20-21 February 2020. Also, traditionally, the APTLD77 website – www.aptld77.com.au - was unveiled, with draft Meeting agenda to be uploaded shortly after the final review and comments period, thanks to Members’ proactive input.

APTLD would like to thank Acronis, the Etherium Names Foundation, ICANN, and Group-IB for co-sponsoring APTLD76.