APTLD Unites IDN Experts to Help LANIC

5 November 2019


In pursuit of its mandate, on the sidelines of ICANN66 in Montreal, APTLD has facilitated an inaugural meeting of an ad-hoc task force to provide assistance to LANIC in developing an IDN rollout blueprint.
ICANN is now processing LANIC's application for the IDN for Laos; however, LANIC is keen to benefit from the APTLD community's expertise and extensive contacts within the IDN/UA/EAI community already at an early stage to be ready for action any time soon.
The task force got together APTLD Members' representatives Ms. Anisone Kingsada, Director of Country Code Top Level Domain Name .LA Division of the Lao National Internet Center under the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication of Laos; Mr.Dusan Stojicevic a Gransy executive and Vice Chair of UASG; Mr. Mikhail Anisimov, Chief Marketing Officer of .RU; Mr. Shubham Saran, General Manager of NIXI; as well as Dr. Ajay Data, founder, President and CEO of Data Xgen Technologies Ltd. and creator of world's first email solution for IDNs, and Mr. Ilya Bazlyankov, a business analyst and IDN expert and one of the creators of the IDN ccTLD for Bulgaria. The task force also includes Dr. Rapid Sun, Director of the Research and Development Center at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of the Kingdom of Cambodia as an observer.
Membership in the task force is open to other APTLD members.
APTLD will provide logistics and administrative support to the Task Force.
The Task Force will  operate by virtue of teleconferences and collective drafting of shared documents.
In addition to an IDN marketing blueprint the task force is expected to craft  model IDN marketing guidelines to contribute to the APTLD best practice repository.