Newsletter (13 January 2020)
Recent Updates:

■ Next APTLD Meeting: APTLD77, Melbourne, Australia, 20-21 February 2020
   ¶  Meeting Website       ¶ Online Registration       ¶ Agenda (10 Jan 2020)

■ Reminder: Members Satisfaction Survey 2019 (Close date extended to 25 Jan 2020)    Link

Members News

(.AU  auDA)
In Convo: Selina Tomasich from
What's coming for .au in 2020
(.CC/.TV  Verisign)
ICANN and Verisign Announce Proposed Amendment to .COM Registry Agreement

Verisign to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results

(.NZ  InternetNZ)
New Community grants round open
(.QA  CRA)
CRA Publishes a Public Consultation on a Regulation and a Policy related to Quality of Retail Communication Services Provided to the Public
(.SA  SaudiNIC)
Publication of Updated Version of SaudiNIC Registration Regulation
(.SB  Solomon Telekom)
Customer Advisory #2 | Mobile Internet Performance Update
Mobile Internet Performance Update
Neustar’s Suzanne Charleston Receives 2019 FedHealthIT 100 Award
(.ME  DoMEn)
Would your kid rather give up sugar than texting?
Chkout.ME: Your Ticket to Fast Digital Payments
New Year Resolutions for Your Personal Website
10 Awesome Educational Podcasts
(.RU  Coordination Center for .RU/.РФ)
Season's greetings!
New year with innovation

Open Call for 2021 Local Host Now!
An RFC a day reveals an Internet in the making
When to use and not use BBR
What is the DNS anyway?
Funding to connect the remaining unconnected in Asia Pacific
Monitoring JavaScript with VisibleV8
Nominations to the APNIC EC now open
Three of the best: Development
Event Wrap: inSIG 2019 and bdIGF 2019
Three of the best: Cybersecurity
Three of the best: How to
Three of the best: Geoff Huston
‘Major Initiatives in Cybersecurity’ Shows Everyone Can Contribute to Trust
Indian Community Making the Right Connections
Fourth Annual inSIG Boosts India’s Capacity to Shape the Internet’s Future
Member News: Internet Society Highlights from 2019
Futurecasters Global Young Visionaries Summit kicks off in Geneva
Futurecasters Summit: Let’s hear from the young visionaries
Register for IGF 2020 First Open Consultations & MAG meeting (14 - 16 January, Geneva) & check Draft Agenda
The Number Resource Organization (NRO) Issues Inspection Request to ICANN Concerning the .ORG Sale

Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against North Korean Cybercrime Group, Takes Down 50 Domains

U.N. Approves Resolution to Combat Cybercrime Despite Opposition From E.U., the U.S. and Others

Donuts Partnership With UFTAA Sees Members Get .TRAVEL Domains For Big Member’s Discount
.GAY Launching Sunrise For Trademark Holders In February
.PS Added One Character Domains As Premiums On 6 January
Half Price .MY Domains For Differently Abled Malaysians
EURid On Brexit Impact, State of the Market, 2020, Are More New gTLDs Warranted And How Industry Should Focus on Quality, Not Quantity
.PT Has Best Year Ever For New Registrations In 2019
Tuvalu Seeking To Capitalise On Online Video With .TV As Registry Rights Up For Renegotiation
Secrets of the .org deal revealed, but much info remains private
Registrar terminated after what looks like domain hijacking
NamesCon publishes full agenda for debut Austin conference
.gay prices and availability revealed as registry promises to give 20% of revenue to charity
Now .org critics actually want to take over the registry, blocking billion-dollar sale
Verisign pays ICANN $20 million and gets to raise .com prices again
ICANN predicts shrinkage in new gTLD sector
ASO uses super powers to demand ICANN turn over .org buyout docs
Now PIR rubbishes .org “downtime” claims
DI Leaders Roundtable #4 — Big predictions for 2020
Canadian Domain Registry Offers Free Canadian Stock Images
IP Numbers Types Flex Muscles in PIR Debacle

Social Media

APTLD77- Braving the Challenge, Beating the Odds.
The number of confirmed registrations for APTLD77 has now hit the grand master mark of over 100 - and there are another 40 days to go! Thank you, the APTLD community, for your commitment and courage, and a great manifestation of our solidarity with the people of Australia - no calamity can stop us!
Our deepest condolences to the .OM team and the people of Oman on the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman.
UZ has got a new CEO - Mr. Emil Gimranov has been formally appinted to run UZINFOCOM. APTLD Members May remember him from APTLD74 in Tashkent where he was running the backend logistics preparations for the Meeting. We wish Emil best of luck.     News (In Russian)
InternetNZ: We are excited to announce that we have a new grants round open. Aligning with our strategic goal to promote digital inclusion, we will prioritise funding applications in this area. We also seek to support other projects and research. You can find out more on our website (, or apply here:
APTLD is monitoring the bush fire situation in Australia and will provide updates to members in the lead up to its upcoming meeting in Melbourne in February.  For real time updates of air pollution in Melbourne:

To all ccTLDs: please review and update your IDN status on the interactive map at

For all Facebook posts:

and Twits:


Update on Proposed Acquisition of Public Interest Registry (PIR) by Ethos Capital
ICANN68 Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program Application Now Open
Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft Report
ICANN and Verisign Announce Proposed Amendment to .COM Registry Agreement
Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement
Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2024-2028 and Revised Dates in 2022
Call for volunteers ccNSO Meeting Programme Committee (MPC)
Tech Day at ICANN67 – Call for Presentations – 9 January 2019
Join the February 2020 ccNSO community webinar
ccNSO appointed members to the Root Server System Governance Working Group
December 2019 edition of the ccNSO monthly newsletter out now

Current ICANN Public Consultations

Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers
Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Draft Report
Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2024-2028 and Revised Dates in 2022
Proposed Final Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group
Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement
Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan & Budget