OPENING CEREMONY
29 March 2022

FORUM
30 March - 1 April 2022

OPENING CEREMONY
29 March 2022

FORUM
30 March -
1 April 2022

About APAC DNS Forum 2022

The Asia Pacific Domain Name System Forum (APAC DNS Forum) seeks to gather regional DNS industry experts and members of the wider community to discuss the latest developments, opportunities, and challenges in the domain name marketplace.

With the theme “Beyond Technology: The Revolution of DNS,” this inaugural APAC DNS Forum 2022 (co-hosted by MYNIC and ICANN) will feature a multitude of topics discussing the role of the DNS from multiple perspectives. In addition to the technical topics such as DNS security, the session topics will also range from industry trends and business opportunities such as spurring online business growth and digital brand protection to broader topics like the potential impacts of regulatory, policy, and technological developments on the DNS industry.

In line with the theme, the APAC DNS Forum also aims to serve as a platform for participants to network, exchange ideas, and explore collaboration opportunities.

 The APAC DNS Forum 2022 will take place virtually from 30 March to 1 April 2022. An opening ceremony will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 29 March 2022. In the lead-up to the Forum, six webinars discussing a variety of topics were held from September 2021 to March 2022.

About the Organizers

MYNIC is the official .MY domain registry recognized by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). MYNIC provides Malaysian organizations and individuals their unique brand identity on the Internet. As an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), MYNIC is dedicated to helping Malaysians reach out to the world via the use of .MY domain names. MYNIC registers .MY domain names that represent who customers are, what they are offering, and where they are located to create a professional brand which brings value to them.
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Objectives

Digital Economy

Contribute to the strengthening of the region’s DNS infrastructure, industry digital presence, and digital economy

Recent Developments

Facilitate discussion on recent development and top trends in the DNS industry

Opportunity

Highlight business opportunities in the DNS industry, and explore collaboration opportunities through strengthening of networks with fellow APAC community members

Industry Development

Learn from industry experts on best practices in the DNS industry

Programme

29 March 2022

0900 - 1100
(UTC+8)

Opening Ceremony officiated by the Honorable Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia Malaysia, YB Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin

30 March 2022

0900 - 1030
(UTC+8)

Future of the Domain Name System (DNS)

At this Forum’s lead-up webinar, it has been established that the DNS is fundamental to the Internet. The DNS has continued to evolve over the past 40 years, supporting various innovations on the Internet with no one in charge. Where is it headed and what challenges will it face in the future?

1045 - 1215
(UTC+8)

What's Next for Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Variants?

This session will provide an overview on the use of Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) variants (e.g. simplified and traditional Chinese). The session will provide an update on ongoing IDN variant discussions for both generic top-level domain (gTLD) and country-code top-level domain (ccTLD), as well as next steps. Speakers from different stakeholder groups will share the challenges for IDN variants from policy, manageability, and usability perspectives.

1230 - 1330
(UTC+8)

Protecting Your Domain Name: Recapturing Lost Revenue and Traffic from Cybersquatters and Counterfeiters

The Internet has changed the scope of threats to BRANDS and REVENUE.“93% of brands experience online fraud and 7% Annual Revenue lost to counterfeiters.”

DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT FOCUS AND PROTECTION FOR YOUR BRAND DOMAIN? In this session, the speaker will share how domain protection can recapture lost revenue and traffic to counterfeiters & cybersquatters and what are the key players doing to protect their brand’s domains.As our reliance on digital services continues to grow, this will become an even more essential ingredient for success.

1330 - 1500
(UTC+8)

Lunch Break

1500 - 1600
(UTC+8)

Lightning Talk 1

This Lightning Talk session will feature various presentations from community session proposers.


Moderator:
David Chui, MYNIC

Building an Open, Robust, and Stable Voting-Based Domain Top List using Passive DNS Data

Internet measurement, security, and privacy research heavily relies on Internet domain top lists, which provide a set of purportedly popular or commonly used domains to investigate. Existing top lists, such as Alexa, Cisco Umbrella, and Tranco, have been used in hundreds of prior academic studies, making it a critical research resource. However, researchers have identified numerous issues with existing top lists, including a lack of transparency into the list data sources and construction methods, high volatility, and easy ranking manipulation. Despite these flaws, these top lists remain widely used today due to a lack of alternatives.

In this work, we explore building a top list using an extensive passive DNS (PDNS) dataset from one of the largest DNS service providers, 114 public DNS from scratch (similar to Cisco’s OpenDNS). PDNS has been widely used in both academia and industry, making it a more transparent and accessible top list data source. We propose a voting-based domain ranking method, where individual IP addresses express their domain preferences, and the global top list ranking is produced across IP addresses through a voting mechanism. We empirically evaluate our top list design, demonstrating that it achieves better stability and manipulation resistance than existing top lists, while serving as an open and transparent ranking method that other researchers can use or adapt.

Speaker: Qinge Xie, Georgia Tech’s School of Cybersecurity and Privacy

DNS Health’s Role in Security Posture

Over the years, DNS has been a target by cybercriminals not only for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, but also phishing. Phishing, if successful, can be used as a launch pad for more complex methods like ransomware and business email compromise (BEC).

Organizations should include DNS in their overall security strategy. It’s key to assess all aspects surrounding DNS: providers, assets linked to DNS, and security layers.

Speaker: John Valenzuela, CSC

An Overview on Bangladeshi Domain Name Service Status

I will speak about the current status of domain name services in Bangladesh and the opportunities.There are many domain registrants from Bangladesh and It has a huge opportunity to increase it in future rapidly. But There is negligible domain registrar and no registry except ccTLD. There are many abuses and scamming happening and DNS security issues happening here. How we can improve the scenario for Bangladesh. What opportunities are there in Bangladesh to overcome the current conditions.

Speaker: Imran Hossen, EyHost Ltd., Bangladesh

1615 - 1715
(UTC+8)

Establishing a Trusted Notifier Mechanism to Fight DNS Abuse

Voluntary Trusted Notifier arrangements are a relied upon way for registries and registrars to help address DNS abuse. ccTLD and gTLD registries TWNIC and DotAsia recently joined forces to co-develop a Trusted Notifier Anti-Phishing Fast Track Mechanism as part of their commitment to combat growing cybersecurity concerns. Besides sharing their approach in this collaboration, this session also aims to explore how the wider APAC community could collaborate with one another to further this effort.

31 March 2022

0900 - 0945
(UTC+8)

DNS Directions & Network Operators

DNS resolvers are vital to provider networks and services but industry forces signal change. DNS encryption, standardized by the IETF and supported by an influential vendor ecosystem, will alter the way subscribers interact with internet access services. New network architectures focused on the edge may change resolver deployment and management models. The DNS has always been an attractive target since successful attacks usually deliver high returns on investment. On the positive side DNS data remains a rich source of security and network insights and viable policy enforcement point. This presentation will discuss the interplay between these trends and how new capabilities can help.

1000 - 1100
(UTC+8)

Globalizing Efforts to Mitigate DNS Abuse

The purpose of this panel is to discuss the state of DNS abuse in the APAC region, with a particular emphasis on how the local experience might differ from other regions. We’ll look at the gaps in education and tools for the APAC community, while also discussing potential avenues to collaborate and innovate together.

1115 - 1215
(UTC+8)

Being a Registrant - Things to Note

This session will provide an overview on domain name lifecycles and how it relates to registrants (domain name owners). Speakers will share useful information on registrants’ rights and responsibilities, as well as steps to protect your domain name. The session will also discuss how registrars and resellers may interact with their customers and/or Internet end users.

1215 - 1400
(UTC+8)

Lunch Break

1400 - 1500
(UTC+8)

Lightning Talk 2

This Lightning Talk session will feature various presentations from community session proposers.

Moderator:
Sabrina Lim, ICANN

DNS in Multi-tenant Cloud Environment

In a cloud environment, different tenants may have different DNS configurations.  The configurations may include tenant-specific Virtual Private Zones(VPZ), DNS Response Policy Zones(RPZ), Response Rate Limiting(RRL) or Access Control List(ACL) etc.

This talk will describe a best practice on how Alibaba provision the DNS infrastructure for Tenant in Cloud Environment. The “VNI” EDNS option (or EDNS VNI) is proposed to enable the DNS to signal and identify the tenant virtual network from which a DNS query is generated. Based on EDNS VNI information, the DNS server can respond according to the configuration of that tenant.

Speaker: Davey Song, Alibaba Cloud

Emergency Comms in Disasters and Crises: Safe Space for DNS?

The rate of natural disasters has increased as climate change continues to hit our planet with relentless ferocity. Broken cell towers, snapped fibre and submarine cables, all impede important emergency communications needed to recover quickly from these crises. This session will look into the characteristics of key physical and social infrastructure which governments and non-profits should look to when investing in such emergency comms, and provide some possible solutions to explore. In particular, it will seek to explore the community’s interest in building further discussions around the safety and security of satellite communications as it relates to the DNS.

Speaker: Lim May-Ann, Fair Tech Institute

Measuring the Practical Effect of DNS Root Server Instances: A China-Wide Case Study

DNS root servers are deployed using multiple globally distributed anycast instances, and the scale of instances across the globe has been rapidly growing. We introduce a measurement study that investigates the practical effect of root server instances deployed in the Chinese mainland. Our analysis of this issue includes two-fold.

First, we measure the catchment area of the root server instances and answer the question about which domestic networks are served. Our results show that some of the instances are not accessible from major ISP networks due to limits of BGP routing policies, and a number of root queries still turn to further instances outside the international gateway.

Second, we evaluate the impact of deploying new instances on query performance and root server selection in resolvers. We confirm that root instances contribute to lowered query delay from networks within their catchment area.
Through reviewing source code of mainstream DNS implementations, we find that less-latent root servers are generally preferred thus deploying root server instances increase their possibilities to absorb DNS root requests from nearby resolvers.Finally, we make recommendations to improve the operational status of the DNS root server system.

Speaker: Fenglu Zhang, Tsinghua University

DNS Abuse Handing in the New Era: A Child Abuse Content Perspective

DNS abuse has been occurring since the early days of the Internet, and now it is affecting the daily lives of many Internet users around the world. Therefore, DNS abuse must be resolved to provide the people of the world a safer and more stable Internet.

However, content abuse is an area which is very difficult to tackle and combat because it involves conflicting areas like freedom of expression, business interests, children welfare, individual and organizational rights, etc. The nature of the Internet is speed. Anything that gets uploaded to the internet has a tendency to spread like wildfire, and it also means that damage made to child sexual abuse victims is faster and harder. As such, the effect of the damage is also longer lasting and heightens the risk with re-occurrence time and time again.

This time we will be touching on something more fundamental, and more important. That is Child Sexual Abuse Content Processing. There are many child sexual abuse materials going around the global internet, and criminals are commercializing such actions and materials. NETalent believes, as a member of the Internet user community, a member of ICANN’s contractual party, and an
entity in this world, we have the corporate social responsibility to step up and process this kind of unethical and immoral behaviors. NETalent would like to invite experts in different fields to a panel discussion on this matter, and if possible, to find a common ground for all interested parties to participate and protect our children and every child thereafter.

Speaker: Hong-Fu (Tom) Meng, NETalent and Net-Chinese

1515 - 1600
(UTC+8)

Thick or Thin Registry & Data Escrow for ccTLD and gTLD

What’s the difference? Simply put, in a thin registry, the contact details for a domain registration (namely the registrant, admin, technical and billing contacts) are stored at the registrar, and the registry’s whoisserver only shows basic domain information, and provides a referral to the “registrar whois” which then shows the relevant contact data. Conversely, in a thick registry system, the contact details are stored at the registry level, and are shown in the “registry whois”. There is no “registrar whois”.

1615 - 1700
(UTC+8)

Digital Brand & Future Digital Commerce

Digital commerce isn’t the commerce of the future — it is the commerce of today. Permanent shifts in consumer behaviour and a massive boom in the Malaysian eCommerce sector meant that businesses must adopt digital or risk fading to obscurity.

This session discusses the importance of embracing digital commerce, as well as the key elements needed to tackle an ever-shifting digital landscape, from eCommerce skills to the core technologies that can help build a strong digital brand.

1 April 2022

1015 - 1115
(UTC+8)

Real Life Perspectives on Regional DNS Abuse in APAC

Join JPCERT Coordination Center, the Korean National Police Agency and The Spamhaus Project as they share their real-life perspectives regarding malicious activity in Asia Pacific (APAC), including some of their current concerns and threats they have recently detected targeting users in the region that, in one way or another, make use of, or abuse the DNS. The purposes of the session are to share with the audience three informed perspectives regarding the DNS threat scenario, discuss methods and techniques to address them and increase general awareness about them.

1130 - 1215
(UTC+8)

How 5G will Penetrate the Industry and Accelerate the Evolution of DNS

One of the primary visions for any new network technology is improved performance, and 5G is no exception.

To achieve the performance of the 5G technology, data-intensive services such as video streaming and along with the increasing number of applications, especially in industry verticals (retail, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and health) required low latency access for the network services.

To attain the low latency in 5G, the use of edge computing for critical infrastructure services such as DNS, will reduce the backhauled traffic and improved overall user experience in accessing the network services. As 5G is mainly associated with speed and high performance, inability to deliver quick responses will result to a devastated failure in meeting the end-users’ expectations and demands.

The pervasive connectivity of 5G will increase reliance on edge computing, which brings cloud resources compute, storage and networking closer to the applications, devices and users. 5G implementation will require greater use of small cell stations at the very edge of the network, so all data don’t have to travel long distances to a cloud or data centre.

For this to be possible, it will require a shift from current DNS architectures and technologies, which tend to utilize a small number of large regional data centers, to a more distributed model consisting of a much higher number of smaller DNS nodes.

When it comes to security, thousands of new locations of the smaller DNS nodes increase the potential for security threats. In this regards, DNS can be leveraged to block various types of attacks at the edge.

Functioning to handle any intent of connection from a user to an application server by resolving the domain name to a technical IP address, DNS is an excellent viewpoint for applying a first layer of security, allowing abnormal access requests to be filtered out.

Therefore, data processing at the edge of a network and bringing it closer to the location where it is needed gives benefit in providing low-latency and secured DNS in a 5G network.

The benefits are clear and 5G is likely to impact every aspect of the industry, however, deploying 5G poses challenges for network operators. It requires operators to rethink a new DNS network architecture and technology to support their network services.

DNS evolution is expected to boost demand on the network architectures and technologies to connect to the network safely and reliably. To address this evolution, organizations need to take advantage of distributed DNS technology to enable seamless access for the consumers in the growing digital economy. 

1215 - 1430
(UTC+8)

Lunch Break

1430 - 1600
(UTC+8)

Privacy Trends & Domain Name Dispute Resolution

Types of Domain Name Dispute Resolution and key differences between MYDRP and UDRP. Processes involved in MYDRP and UDRP. Latest trends on UDRP and MYNIC cases filed with AIAC, Settlement and why DNDR procedures are better than court proceedings.

1615 - 1715
(UTC+8)

Exploring Emerging Technologies

This session will explore recent emerging technologies, and discuss their potential impacts on the Domain Name System (DNS). Speakers will provide an overview on the evolving discussions of alternate namespaces (e.g.handshake and unstoppable domains), as well as possible interconnectivities across namespaces. The session will also explore how and when quantum computers will affect Internet security and privacy, and current steps taken to mitigate these effects.

Pre-Event Webinars

23 Sept 2021

1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

Understanding the Domain Name System (DNS)

14 Oct 2021

1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

State of the Domain Name Industry - Challenges & Opportunities

18 Nov 2021

1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) & Domain Names

16 Dec 2021

1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

Domain Name System (DNS) Best Practices

20 Jan 2022

1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

Digital Initiatives in the APAC Region

4 Mar 2022

1100 - 1200 (UTC +8)

The Future of the Domain Name System (DNS)

Speakers' Profiles

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Abhijit Relekar

Newfold Digital

Alain Durand

ICANN

Anil Jain

NIXI

Ashwin Rangan

ICANN

Brian Cimbolic

PIR

Brian Gutterman

ICANN 

Bruce Van Nice

Akamai

Carel Bitter

The Spamhaus Project

Davey Song

Alibaba Cloud

Dennis Cai

ADNDRC

Donna Austin

GoDaddy Registry

Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek

MCMC

Edmon Chung

DotAsia Organisation

Fenglu Zhang

Tsinghua University

Gavin Brown

CentralNic

Geoff Huston

APNIC

Göran Marby

ICANN

Hong-Fu (Tom) Meng

NETalent and Net-Chinese

Imran Hossen

EyHost Ltd.

Jiankang Yao

CNNIC

John Valenzuela

CSC

Kenny Huang

ccPDP4 and TWNIC

Lim May-Ann

Fair Tech Institute

Mahadhir Aziz

MDEC

Marc Blanchet

Cofomo

Paddy Tam

CSC

Pitinan Kooarmornpatana

ICANN

Prissilla John

AIAC

Qinge Xie

Georgia Tech’s School of Cybersecurity and Privacy

Raedene McGary

Tucows Registry Services

Ram Mohan

Donuts

Shoko Nakai

JPCERT

Sophia Feng

ZDNS

Susan Lien

Reg.Asia

Yoshi Murakami

Com Laude

Moderators' Profiles

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Adiel A. Akplogan

ICANN

Carlos Alvarez

ICANN

David Chui

MYNIC

Dr Stefanie Chow

MYNIC

Graeme Bunton

DNS Abuse Institute

Jia-Rong Low

ICANN

Pavel Farhan

Asian Institute of Technology/ UN OICT

Sabrina Lim

ICANN

Satish Babu

APRALO

Yeo Yee Ling

MYNIC

Yien-Chyn Tan

ICANN

Newsletters

Issue #1 / Oct 2021
Issue #2 / Nov 2021
Issue #3 / Dec 2021
Issue #4 / Jan 2022
Issue #5 / Feb 2022
Issue #6 / Mar 2022

Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

CentralNic
Headquartered in London, and with offices across the world, CentralNic Registry is one of the world’s leading registry services companies. It develops and licenses its own registry software and operates its own registry platforms. It also enables other registry operators to operate independent platforms (which may be shared or dedicated, hybrid or in-country), and powers a large number of domain extensions including ccTLDs, gTLDs, second-level domain registries (SLDs) and .brand TLDs. CentralNic’s flexible approach allows it to configure a solution which matches the needs of the Registry Operator ranging from software-only licence through to complete registry management and distribution.
Glocomp Systems (M) Sdn Bhd

Glocomp Systems is one of Malaysia’s diversified and privately-owned ICT companies founded in 1997.  With over 22 years of experience in the industry, Glocomp stands proudly as one of the region’s pioneer ICT solution provider with a comprehensive portfolio of solutions paired with world-class services and digital product offerings on Computing & Information Management, IP Communications, Security & Privacy, IT Automation & Analytics, Productivity, and Cloud & Technology Services.

Silver Sponsors

EC-Council Global Services
EC-Council Global Services (EGS) is the consulting division of EC-Council, the world’s leading information security certification body that offers industry-leading programs such as Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) and Licensed Penetration Testing Master (LPT) programs. Operating in 145 countries worldwide, EC-Council has trained and certified hundreds of thousands of information security professionals globally and has influenced the cybersecurity mindset of countless organizations world-wide.
Taiwan Network Information Center
The Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) is an neutral and non-profit organization taking responsibility for country code domain name registration, IP address allocation and TWCERT/CC in Taiwan. TWNIC, as a part of the global Internet ecosystem, has collaborated with ICANN, APNIC, APTLD and regional organizations to well-establish cooperation on policy and technical forum focusing on domain names, IP and cyber security and new technologies from the global and Asia-Pacific regional perspectives to explore, discuss and share via various Internet stakeholders.
Japan Registry Services Co. Ltd. (JPRS)

JPRS is aleading service provider for management and registration of domain names and for the domain name system(DNS)operations.The company was established on December 26,2000. As a company dedicated to maintaining the Internet in frastructure of Japan,JPRS operates under a corporate philosophy which aims to contribute to the expansion of the Internet and to building a better future for people and society.

Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud, founded in 2009, is a global leader in cloud computing and artificial intelligence, providing services to thousands of enterprises, developers, and governments organizations in more than 200 countries and regions. Committed to the success of its customers, Alibaba Cloud provides reliable and secure cloud computing and data processing capabilities as a part of its online solutions. In January 2017, Alibaba Cloud became the official cloud services partner of the Olympics.

FAQ

The APAC DNS Forum 2022 is a platform organized by ICANN and MYNIC for our regional DNS community to network, exchange ideas, and explore collaboration opportunities.  This will in turn help to prepare our DNS community for greater participation in the ICANN75 Public Meeting, currently scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur in September 2022.

The APAC DNS Forum 2022 will be held from 30 March to 1 April 2022. In the lead-up to the Forum, there will also be six (6) webinars on various topics that will take place between September 2021 and March 2022.

Yes, you can. This event is open to DNS industry players from all stakeholder groups including network operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Registries, Registrars, Resellers, subscription-based businesses, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Internet end users, and any interested members of the public.

You do not need to register for individual webinar sessions. You only need to register once. Upon successful registration for the APAC DNS Forum 2022, you are entitled to access the Forum’s virtual platform, including all webinars and the actual Forum in 2022. Your username and password for the virtual platform will be provided in our registration confirmation email.

Yes, all APAC DNS Forum webinars are free. The Forum itself will also be free to attend.

The virtual platform is the place where you may attend/watch our 6 pre-event webinars and view their presentation slides. In addition, APAC DNS Forum 2022 from 30 March to 1 April 2022 will be organized via this platform. More features may be added closer to the date. There is a help desk if you need further assistance.

Yes, the APAC DNS Forum 2022 virtual platform is mobile-friendly. You can participate either from your desktop and laptop, or through any mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, that are connected to the Internet. We recommend using Chrome or Safari as your browser for the best viewing experience.

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Understanding the Domain Name System (DNS)

Date

23 September 2021

Time

1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

Session Description

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a critical part of the Internet that translates domain or host names to IP addresses— a required process for web navigation, email delivery, and other Internet functions. This session will provide a broad understanding of the DNS ecosystem and how it impacts Internet users. Panel speakers will discuss about the fundamentals of DNS and its operational aspects.

What to Expect

  • Why do we need the DNS?
  • How does the DNS impact you?
  • How is the DNS managed?
  • Moderator

    Jia-Rong Low
    Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director, APAC, ICANN

    Agenda

    Introduction to the DNS

    Champika Wijayatunga
    Regional Technical Engagement Manager, APAC, ICANN

    The DNS Ecosystem

    Mastura Mukhtar
    Lead, IT Services, MYNIC

    ICT businesses and the DNS

    Mingkai (Mike) Zhang
    DNS Software Engineer, Alibaba Cloud

    State of the Domain Name Industry –
    Challenges & Opportunities

    Date

    14 October 2021

    Time

    1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

    Session Description

    Continuing from the first webinar, this session seeks to provide an introduction and overview of the Domain Name System (DNS) industry, as well as how the industry’s different players interact with their customers and/or Internet end users. The session will also discuss the various challenges and corresponding potential opportunities in the DNS marketplace particularly in the APAC region.

    What to Expect

    • Who are the main players in the DNS industry?
    • What are their roles?
    • What are the trends, opportunities, and challenges in the domain name market?

    Moderator

    David Chui
    Chief Innovation Officer, MYNIC

    Agenda

    • Introduction to the DNS marketplace players
    • Domain name market trends, opportunities, and challenges

    Speakers

    Mohamad Shidiq Purnama
    Chief Registry Operator, Pengelola Nama Domain Internet Indonesia (PANDI)

    Jacob Williams
    General Manager, Domain Services, Interlink Co., Ltd.

    Susan Lien
    Co-founder, Reg.Asia by Web Commerce Communications

    Prissilla John
    Case Counsel, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    & Domain Names

    Date

    18 November 2021

    Time

    1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

    Session Description

    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation among businesses to ensure sustainability. In today’s digital world, optimizing search engine queries are essential to enhancing business opportunities. This session will share how Search Engine Optimization (SEO) works and how it relates to domain names, and in this regard why domain names matter for your business. The session will also feature SEO tips and strategies, as well as the use of new generic top-level domain (gTLD) and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) to positively benefit online businesses.

    What to Expect

    • How Search Engine Optimization (SEO) works
    • How it relates to domain names
    • What are the SEO tips and strategies

    Moderator

    David Chui
    Chief Innovation Officer, MYNIC

    Agenda

    • How SEO can positively benefit businesses
    • How ccTLD can positively affect SEO
    • How new gTLDs and IDNs can positively affect SEO

    Speakers

    Martin Tang
    Assistant Digital Marketing Manager, Exabytes Malaysia

    Yuichi Yokoi
    Corporate Communication Office General Manager, Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd.

    Dr Ajay Data
    Managing Director, Data Group of Industries
    &
    Chair, Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)

    Domain Name System (DNS)
    Best Practices

    Date

    16 December 2021

    Time

    1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

    Session Description

    This session will introduce the different kinds of attacks and threats to the Domain Name System (DNS), and discuss their impacts. Speakers will also share on current DNS best practices to mitigate these attacks/threats.

    What to Expect

    • What kinds of security attacks/threats to the DNS are there? What are their impacts?
    • What can we do to mitigate these rising attacks/threats? What are some current best practices?

    Moderator

    Jia-Rong Low
    Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director, APAC, ICANN

    Agenda

    • DNS Security Threats/Attacks and Their Impact
    • Industry Best Practices to Address DNS abuse
    • Adopting DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC)

    Speakers

    Merike Kaeo
    DNS Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group (DSFI-TSG) Coordinator

    Graeme Bunton
    Director, DNS Abuse Institute

    Han Zhang
    Senior Software Engineering Manager, Salesforce

    Digital Initiatives in the APAC Region

    Date

    20 January 2022

    Time

    1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

    Session Description

    The APAC region is accelerating towards digitization and digitalization. This session will discuss various digital initiatives related to the use of domain names – public or private led – which will benefit businesses and organizations in the region and contribute to the development of the region’s digital economy.

    What to Expect

    • What are some recent digital initiatives in the APAC region?
    • How would APAC businesses/ organizations benefit from these initiatives?

    Moderator

    David Chui
    Chief Innovation Officer, MYNIC

    Speakers

    Md Fariz Ahmad Sanusi
    Chief Marketing Officer, MYNIC

    Min Feng
    International Affairs Manager, 22net, Inc.

    Hong-Fu (Tom) Meng
    Researcher, Net-Chinese

    The Future of the Domain Name System (DNS)

    Date

    4 March 2022

    Time

    1100 - 1200 (UTC +8)

    Session Description

    This session will explore developments that will have an impact on the future of the Domain Name System (DNS) and the domain name marketplace.

    What to Expect

    • What are current developments that will have an impact on the future of the DNS and the domain name marketplace?
    • What does the future of the DNS look like?

    Moderator

    Jia-Rong Low
    Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director, APAC, ICANN

    Speakers

    Geoff Huston
    Chief Scientist, APNIC

    Dr. Ajay Data
    Managing Director, Data Group of Industries
    &
    Chair, Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)

    Abhijit Relekar

    Group Product Manager,
    Newfold Digital

    Abhijit leads the domains business for one of the largest registrar families in the world, including registrars such as PDR, Bigrock, Dreamscape, Network Solutions and Register.com. He is responsible for strategic and operational initiatives to support over 5 million registrants holding more than 15 million domain names under management. Abhijit and his team engage with a variety of stakeholders in the domain name ecosystem including registrants, resellers, registries and the broader community, and are focussed on finding ways to make domain registration, ownership and usage simple and effective for everyone.

    Alain Durand

    Principal Technologist
    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

    Alain joined ICANN as a staff member in March of 2015 and currently serves as Principal Technologist. Alain’s responsibilities include applying expert technical knowledge and experience to improve ICANN’s technical capabilities and stature.

    Anil Kumar Jain

    CEO, NIXI

    Currently working as CEO of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). Having spent 36 years in various telecommunication roles, as ITS (Indian Telecom Services) Officer in several organisations including BSNL, MTNL and the Department of Telecommunications, India. Anil was on the board of NIXI for over 12 years before I took up the role of CEO just last year.

    Anil is Chair of India Internet Governance Forum, Chairman of Multilingual Committee formed by Govt. of India and member of Internet Resilience Committee formed by Govt. of India. Internationally Anil is Vice Chair of IDNccPDP4 Working Group of ccNSO, Chair of Working Group formed to design strategies for three years for APTLD, Chair of UA (Communication) WG and also Liaison officer between ccNSO and GNSO for this Working Group.

    Ashwin Rangan

    Senior Vice President, Engineering and Chief Information Officer (CIO)

    Rangan is Senior Vice President of Engineering and CIO, where he leads development of innovative solutions that provide assurance of global information technology systems and services. Prior to ICANN, Ash served in senior leadership roles at Wal-Mart, Bank of America, Rockwell International, Conexant Systems, Edwards Lifesciences, and AST Computer.

    Brian Cimbolic

    Vice President, General Counsel,
    Public Interest Registry

    Brian is the General Counsel for Public Interest Registry (the non-profit registry operator for .ORG) and oversees its legal affairs and Anti-Abuse Program. Brian is also Coordinator of the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network’s Domains and Jurisdiction Program.  Brian was one of the co-creators of the Framework to Address Abuse and one of its primary authors. Brian also serves as Co-Chair of the Registries Stakeholder Group DNS Abuse Working Group.

    Brian Gutterman

    Senior Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives,
    Global Domains and Strategy (GDS)
    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

    Brian joined the ICANN organization in May of 2017. He currently serves as a Senior Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Global Domains and Services (GDS). The Strategic Initiatives team works on key programs and projects involving ICANN’s engagement in emerging strategic issues and related work. Brian came to ICANN from the United Nations, where he worked for more than 8 years on issues related to ICTs and Development and Internet Governance. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Tulane University.

    Bruce Van Nice

    Senior Manager of Product Marketing, Akamai

    Bruce Van Nice is a Senior Manager of Product Marketing in Akamai’s Carrier Division. He’s spent 25 years in the networking and security industries, focused on service providers. Bruce is an active contributor at industry events and forums, speaking about DNS, security, privacy, and data analytics.

    Carel Bitter

    Head of Data, The Spamhaus Project

    Carel’s main interest is the cross-section of reputation, DNS and any data that helps in providing protection and context. He has over a decade of experience in domain name and DNS reputation research and presents regularly to audiences around the world.

    Dr. Linjian (Davey) Song

    Senior DNS Architect, Alibaba Cloud

    Dr. Linjian (Davey) Song is the senior DNS architect in Alibaba Cloud. He received his Ph.D. in Internet Architecture from Tsinghua University after struggling many years on IPv6 transition technologies and engineering. He has more than 15 years’ work experience and background in Internet architecture, including IPv6, DNS, IoT, Internet security, and privacy. Davey is active in IPv6 Forum and serves as a member of the ICANN RSSAC Caucus. He is also a bad-idea draft writer and problem maker in IETF. He is the co-author of RFC8484 and ITU-T X.672. He is enthusiastic about new technology and always open to trying new stuff.

    Now Davey is living in Beijing with a happy family. He has a beautiful 7-year-old girl and a terrible-two son.

    Dennis CAI

    Council Member of Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC)

    Dennis CAI is a Council Member of Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) and also the President of President of Policy and Compliance of Internet DotTrademark Organisation Ltd. 

    Dennis is being listed as a domain name panelist by arbitration bodies in Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, and Malaysia, and has decided over 30 domain name disputes as sole panelist, presiding panelist, and co-panelist.

    Donna Austin

    Head of Registry Policy,
    GoDaddy Registry

    Donna Austin is the Head of Registry Policy at GoDaddy Registry. Donna is a seasoned advocate and leader with extensive experience working in government, not-for-profit, private sector, and global multi-stakeholder environments. She has considerable expertise in policy development, implementation, and administration in the areas of Internet governance, domain names, telecommunications, broadcasting, and law enforcement. Donna also has proven success engaging customers and stakeholders from different sectors building constructive working relationships to bring projects to successful conclusion, and fostering consensus building for productive outcomes.

    Dr. Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek

    Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

    Dr. Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek is the Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

    Dr. Fadhlullah has more than 22 years of industry experience holding several senior positions both in public and private sector.  He previously served as both a Commissioner and Executive of MCMC from 2016-2018.  Prior to returning to MCMC, Dr. Fadhlullah was Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Perdana University.  He is a Public Health Specialist by training and an Adjunct Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) dan Perdana University.

    He obtained his medical degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Masters of Medicine in Public Health from the National University of Singapore and MA in Health Management Planning and Policy with distinction from the University of Leeds. He also attended the Senior Management Programme at INSEAD.

    Edmon Chung

    CEO, DotAsia Organisation

    Edmon Chung is a social innovator and entrepreneur.  Edmon currently serves as the CEO of DotAsia Organisation, serves on the Board of ICANN, the Executive Committee of Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK), the Board of Make a Difference (MaD) Institute, and heads the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). Edmon served also on the founding board of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), continue to support its secretariat, cofounded the annual Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival (KIFF.Asia), and participates extensively on Internet governance and social innovation matters. 

    Edmon is an inventor of patents of internationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses technologies, and has served on many global IDN related technical and policy groups, that made possible the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet.  Edmon won the Most Innovative Award in the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurship Award in 2001.  In 2000, Edmon was selected by The Globe and Mail as one of the Young Canadian Leaders.  Between 2006 and 2010, Edmon served on the ICANN GNSO Council, between 2010 and 2012 on the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), and between 2006 and 2011, as an elected member of the Elections Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Information Technology Subsector.

    Fenglu Zhang

    Ph.D. Student, Tsinghua University

    Fenglu Zhang, a Ph.D. student at Tsinghua University, is a member of Network and Information Security Lab (NISL). His research interests include internet measurement and network security. Recently he focuses on the efficiency and security of DNS servers. His research papers are published at NDSS and PAM. As a member of Redbud, Bluelotus, and Tea-Deliverers, he won awards in well-known CTF games, including 3rd place in DEFCON 2021 final.

    Gavin Brown

    Chief Innovation Officer, CentralNic

    Gavin Brown is Head of Registry Services & Chief Innovation Officer at CentralNic Group PLC. Gavin joined the company in 2001, became Chief Technology Officer in 2005, Chief Innovation Officer in 2019, and Head of Registry Services in March 2020. He is the author of several RFCs relating to the domain name system, and has participated in a number of public policy groups including ICANN’s Technical Study Groups (TSGs).

    Geoff Huston

    Chief Scientist, APNIC

    Geoff Huston AM is the Chief Scientist at APNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia Pacific. He has worked in and one the Internet for the past 35 years. He was responsible for building the first Internet platform in Australia in the early 1990s, AARNet, for the higher education and research sector, and then worked for Telstra where he constructed their national and international Internet platforms. He joined APNIC to concentrate on research programs in 2005. He is an active member of the IETF, and has authored 44 RFCS. He was a member of the Internet Architecture Board, and has chaired a number of Working Groups. His current research interests include measurement, routing, security, and the intersection between economics, public policy and technology. His blog and various presentations can be found at https://www.potaroo.net.

    Göran Marby

    ICANN President & CEO

    Göran Marby was appointed CEO & President on 23 May 2016. He brings over 20 years experience as a senior executive in the Internet and technology sector, as well as his leadership as Director General at the independent regulatory body Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), where he worked closely with international organizations and standards bodies.

    Prior to this, he served as CEO and founder of Appgate, a Swedish security software company (now Cryptzone in the U.S), where he grew the organization to a global company with customers in 35 countries and operations in the U.S.

    Before his seven years at Appgate, he was CEO for the advanced networks company Cygate Group (now owned by TeliaSonera) where he spearheaded operations in five countries with revenues in the range of 120 million euros. And as Country Manager for Cisco in Sweden, Marby led sales of all products and services.

    Marby holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law, and is married with three kids. He is fluent in English and Swedish and is a Swedish national.

    Hong-Fu (Tom) Meng

    Researcher, NETalent and Net-Chinese

    With several years of practical experience related to Internet policy, ICANN relations, and DNS abuse (CSCM), Hong-Fu is quite familiar with the policies and trends of the Internet. As such, he takes advantage of his professional knowledge to provide broad research work in NETalent that was established in 2021 and has already taken the lead in Taiwan in removing illegal criminal, infringing and fraudulent content from the website. In addition, he also serves in Net-Chinese which was established in 2000 and it is an ICANN accredited registrar. Moreover, his first ICANN Meeting was ICANN 60 Abu Dhabi. With proactive participation in every ICANN Meeting, he not only grasps the latest information and industry trend to enhance his knowledge background but also contributes himself to the global Internet.

    Imran Hossen

    Managing Director, EyHost Ltd.

    Imran Hossen is a tech entrepreneur and Domain Name & Cloud Web Hosting Expert from Bangladesh. He has started tech. businesses in the domain name and cloud web hosting industry. He is currently working as Managing Director of EyHost Ltd.

    Imran Hossen has a few fellowships at ICANN, APSIG, bdSIG and APTLD. He is serving with a few working groups and task forces at ICANN and APTLD. He is the co-chair of the Standing Committee on Web Services at BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services).

    Dr JianKang Yao

    Research Engineer, CNNIC

    Dr. Jiankang Yao joined CNNIC in 2003 as a research engineer.  His main research interests include but not limit to EAI, IDN, DNS, and Internet naming. Since the 62nd IETF meeting in 2005, he has been active in the IETF and has experiences in working as the IETF WG co-chair and secretary. He has co-authored several EAI/IDN related IETF RFCs.  Moreover, he got the APEC funding for EAI deployment as the overseer. Currently, he is IAB member, ICANN ccNSO council member and SSAC member.

    John Valenzuela

    Head of Sales, Australia and Southeast Asia

    John is the Head of Sales, Australia and Southeast Asia, at CSC, and is responsible for market development and growth in the region. Since joining CSC in 2016, he’s become experienced in helping organizations minimise their online security risks that could lead to cyberattacks and brand dilution. Prior to joining CSC, John served various roles in the telecommunications industry.

    Dr. Kenny Huang

    Member of the Board and CEO, TWNIC

    Dr. Kenny Huang is the leading figure of the Internet communities in Asia. Since the early years of Taiwan’s Internet development, he contributed a great deal to build up a better Internet environment in Taiwan. Because of his tremendous knowledge and experience, he has been invited to take up leading roles in many Internet technology and policy organizations, including APNIC Executive Council member, APNIC Policy SIG Chair, NRO Number Council member, PIR Board member (.org), TWNIC Board member, TWNIC International Affair Committee Chair, Advisor of .taipei Registry, dot Asia Advisory Council, ICANN New gTLD Review Committee, APAN TW founder, ISOC Taipei founder, TWIA advisor.

    Dr. Huang’s contributions have been acknowledged especially in the development of Internet technology. Dr. Kenny Huang is the co-author of IETF RFC3743; co-chair of CGP (LGR for the Root zone); Co-Chair of JET; Advisor of CDNC. Dr. Huang is working closely with government agencies in developing technology policies. He is Taiwan e-Government Committee member, Taiwan Government & IT Transform Committee member, MOTC (Ministry of Transportation and Communications) project leader and advisor on IPv6 policy and broadband policy. He is also the .taipei registry advisor for the Taipei Government.

    Chair of ccPDP4 Working Group
    Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

    Dr. Kenny Huang is currently chairing a working group to recommend a policy for the (de-) selection of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) country code top-level domains (ccTLD), commonly termed ccPDP4. He is also co-chair of the Chinese Generation Panel.

    Dr. Huang’s interests at ICANN are varied. Besides IDN, he is also keen on topics like Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), Internet governance, policy development, and stakeholder engagement. He actively participates in the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) to encourage youth participation. He is also the co-organizer for the ICANN APAC-TWNIC Engagement Forum.

    A leading figure amongst the Internet communities in Asia, Dr. Huang has taken up roles in many Internet technology and policy organizations including Executive Council of Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), Addressing Supporting Organization (ASO) Address Council, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWNIC, to name a few.

    Ms Lim May-Ann

    Director, Fair Tech Institute

    May-Ann is the Director of the Fair Tech Institute at technology consultancy firm Access Partnership, and is concurrently the Emeritus Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). She has worked extensively on technology policy development, including data governance policies, digital economy, ICTs for development, green digital sustainability, and cybersecurity. She has worked with many global and regional organisations such as APEC, ASEAN, PECC, INTERPOL, UNIDIR, FELEBAN, and the ACCA on thought leadership development, government outreach and stakeholder engagement efforts. A strong advocate for digital inclusion and sustainability, May-Ann volunteers as a youth mentor with Advisory Singapore, and with nonprofit organisation Engineering Good, which focuses on assistive technology and digital inclusion of the underprivileged and disabled.

    Mahadhir Aziz

    Chief Executive Officer

    A recognised industry leader, Mahadhir has a proven track record of over 20 years in various industries including Financial Services, Energy (Oil and Gas), Information Technology and Media, serving established global and local organisations such as Deloitte Consulting, Kodak, PETRONAS and Am Investment Bank.

    He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Futurise, an agency under the Ministry of Finance Malaysia mandated to drive the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyberview. In March 2020, Mahadhir was also handpicked to be part of the founding team at the National Economic Implementation and Strategic Coordination Agency (LAKSANA) under the Ministry of Finance.

    Currently, he chairs several strategic committees focusing on the development of Malaysia’s future tech ecosystems and regulations including the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) Advisory Panel.

    Mahadhir has also served on various committees such as the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs Advisory Panel and the Malaysian Industry4WRD Regulatory Panel at Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

    On the global stage, Mahadhir has represented Malaysia at the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum (2015 – a World Economic Forum branch of Russian Federation), Smart City Expo World Congress (2016-2018) in Barcelona (where he was acknowledged as among the global thought leaders in smart city initiatives), Global Transformation Forum (2017) and United Nations World Urban Forum (2018) which subsequently led to him being invited as a panel member of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs.

    Marc Blanchet

    Vice President, Internet Engineering, Cofomo

    Marc Blanchet is VP Internet Engineering at Cofomo. Before, he was President of Viagenie for 26 years. Marc has been involved in developing Internet Standards in IETF such as IPv6, IDN where he was co-chair of the IDN working group and co-author of the first version of the specifications, Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) and RDAP. He has authored 16 RFCs, has been chair of 9 IETF working groups. He has been involved in many ICANN projects, many related to the usability and deployment of IDNs.  He has been also involved in space networking and chaired the SANA working group of the CCSDS. He has worked with the international space agencies since more than 10 years. Marc has written several books, such as Migrating to IPv6 published by Wiley and is co-author of four patents.  He has been inducted in the IPv6 Hall of Fame and received the ICANN Leadership Award. In his personal time, Marc volunteers helping homeless people in his region.

    Paddy Tam

    Brand Protection Product Manager, APAC, CSC
    Domain Name Panelist, ADNDRC and AIAC

    Paddy Tam is the product manager for CSC’s Brand Protection business in APAC. With over 10 years of brand protection and dispute resolution experience, he specialises in online brand protection and anti-counterfeit services that help clients detect and remove online threats, brand abuse, and fraud. Paddy is also a domain name panelist accredited with the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre, Asian International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and the U.S. National Arbitration Forum.

    Pitinan Kooarmornpatana

    IDN Programs Senior Manager

    Pitinan Kooarmornpatana is a Computer Engineer professional. Pitinan joined ICANN in August 2017 as an Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Programs Manager. She is currently focused on facilitating various Script Generation Panels to develop the Label Generation Rules proposals for the root zone.

    She previously worked as a Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Office in the Electronic Transactions Development Agency, in Thailand. Prior to that, she worked as a Business Analyst at Accenture, and has worked on projects for both public and private sectors in Thailand, Singapore and Philippines.

    Pitinan holds a Master of Information System and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in USA. She is passionate in enabling the effective and efficient use of Information Technology for everyone through technology localization.

    Prissilla John

    Case Counsel, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)

    As a Case Counsel at the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Prissilla manages a diverse caseload of international and domestic arbitration, adjudication, and mediation proceedings. Aside from the daily case management works, Prissilla is also involved in various ADR related projects at the AIAC. Prior to joining the AIAC, Prissilla practiced as a lawyer where she had advised and acted as co-counsel in matters pertaining to Construction & Engineering, International & Domestic arbitration, as well as General Litigation.

    Qinge Xie

    Ph.D. student, Georgia Tech's School of Cybersecurity and Privacy

    Qinge Xie is currently a Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech’s School of Cybersecurity and Privacy. Her research interests are primarily in network security, particularly in data-driven security problems and DNS.

    Raedene McGary

    Vice President of Tucows Registry Services

    Raedene McGary is Vice President of Tucows Registry Services which was formed from the acquisition of registry business and assets of UNR Corp (formerly Uniregistry) where she was UNR’s COO. Prior to the UNR position Raedene was a key member of the CentralNic registry team managing its policy, legal and ccTLD practice.  She has been in the domain name industry since 2001. Trained as a Barrister in England and Wales, Raedene is also a licensed California attorney and a Certified Practitioner of Data Protection.

    Ram Mohan

    Chief Strategy Officer, Donuts

    Ram Mohan is a seasoned executive with a strong strategy orientation, working closely with the CEO, board members and other executives to achieve Donuts’ long-term vision. He was a founding team member of Afilias and served as its COO prior to its acquisition by Donuts.

    Ram is responsible for Donuts’ strategic-planning processes, leading the development of strategy, translating it for people across functions and business units, driving organizational change, and aligning the company towards innovation. He also manages the Registry Service Provider business unit.

    At Afilias, Mohan created and launched the .INFO, .ORG and .IO Registries, building the world’s second largest domain name registry, managing over 20 million domain names. Previous positions include Co-Founder of Turntide (an antispam technology company acquired by Symantec in 2001); COO Infonautics a publicly traded Internet company serving the education market; leadership positions at First Data, Unisys, and KPMG.

    Mohan served on the boards of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) and the ICANN board of directors from 2008 to 2018 where he was also a founding member of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC). He is the founder and inaugural Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group.

    A cybersecurity and internationalization expert, he is an inventor on nineteen U.S. patents for his work in Internet technology. Ram was the recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40′ award, InfoWorld’s ‘Premier 100 Technology Leaders’ award, a CIO100 honoree and a Guinness World Record holder (2018).

    He completed his BS in Electrical Engineering and his MBA in India before working on his MS at Drexel and post-graduate coursework at Harvard and INSEAD – Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires.

    Shoko Nakai

    Information Security Analyst and Incident Handler, JPCERT

    Shoko Nakai joined JPCERT/CC in 2010 as an Information Security Analyst and Incident Handler. She has been committed to providing coordination and assistance for cybersecurity incidents related to Japanese networks for nealy a decade. She has been actively collaborating with both local and global security communities.

    Sophia Feng

    Deputy General Manager, ZDNS Ltd.

    Sophia Feng has over 14 years’ working experience in IT storage and domain industry. Until now, she is leading the Domain Ecology Business Team in ZDNS Ltd. to support over 50 TLDs’ technical and business operation in China market and globally. Besides that,  the team also provides top operation and policy consulting services related to TLD and Domain Asset Management to over hundreds of Corporations in APAC. She now oversees the team’s business operation, market development as well as the ICANN related  policy activities.

    Susan Lien

    Co-founder, Reg.Asia

    With more than 9 years of experience in the digital brand protection and domain industry, Susan is skilled in helping FORTUNE Global TOP 500 to manage their digital brand portfolio and safeguard their online brand assets. Currently, she manages portfolio of digital brands, including PETRONAS, F&N, HUAWEI, BURSA MALAYSIA, MSIG, GREAT EASTERN LIFE, WESTERN UNION, Singapore Government Sector, as well as brands from other industries such as Banking Groups, Tyre & Manufacturing, Retail Convenience Store Chain, Resource-Based Industrial etc.

    Yoshi Murakami

    Representative Director Japan,
    Com Laude (Japan) Corporation (a Com Laude Group company)

    Yoshi Murakami has been involved in domains and intellectual property since 2002. He has managed extensive gTLD and ccTLD domain portfolios for clients and provided intellectual property advice to big brands throughout Japan. He managed the applications for 24 dot brands from Japan and South Korea and has worked both as a registrar and registry provider.

    Adiel A. Akplogan

    Vice President, Technical Engagement
    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

    Adiel A. Akplogan is Vice President for Technical Engagement at ICANN, with more than 25 years of engagement and active contribution to the Internet industry globally. Before joining ICANN, Adiel was the President and CEO of AFRINIC (2004-2015), IT Director for Symbol Technology (a Motorola company) in France (2001-2003), and CTO at CAFÉ Informatique in Togo (1994-2000). Recognized as one of the Internet Technology pioneers in Africa, he has contributed to building technical capacity for some of the first private ISPs in West Africa between 1996 and 2000. These achievements were recently recognized by the Internet Society community, which inducted him into the 2019 class of the Internet Hall of Fame.

    Throughout his career, Adiel has served on Boards and Advisory Committees of several global and international organizations – currently at the USTTI (United States Telecommunications Training Institute), the Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (ATAC/UNECA) from 2005 to 2006, the Executive Council of the Number Resource Organization (NRO) from 2005 to 2015 as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, ICANN’s Strategic Panel on its role in the Internet Governance ecosystem in 2014, as well as the Africa Union’s Internet Exchange development program’s Steering Committee from 2012 to 2015. Adiel also served on the very first IGF MAG (UN Multistakeholder Advisory Group) from 2006 to 2009.

    With a strong passion for Internet technology and its impact lifting humanity, he has also actively contributed to the setup of several technical coordination bodies in Africa, such as the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), The Africa Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) which he had led for 10 years, the African ccTLD Managers Association (AfTLD), AfricaCERT, Africa Internet Summit (AIS), etc. As a public speaker, he has written and contributed to several papers and articles on the Internet’s infrastructure and its governance.

    Adiel A. Akplogan is an Electrical Engineer and holds a Masters in E-Business and New Technology Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management. He lives in and works from Montreal, Canada.

    Carlos Alvarez del Pino

    Director of Trust and Public Safety Engagement, Office of the CTO
    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

    Carlos leads ICANN’s engagement with the trust and public safety communities (civil/criminal law enforcement, national cyber security centers, consumer protection, incident response teams, threat intelligence, operational security). His portfolio includes trust-groups, national/defense/police response teams, and organizations like the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), the Global Cyber Alliance or the Cyber Defence Alliance, among others.

    His work is focused on materializing ICANN’s mandate to help ensure that the DNS remains stable, secure and resilient, by:
    — Provide internal and external stakeholders globally with subject matter expertise on different aspects of online malicious activity as it relates to the Domain Name System and online infrastructure.

    — Trust-based collaboration with worldwide cyber law enforcement and the incident response, threat intel and opsec communities.

    — Capability building, via leading ICANN’s efforts towards training his target communities in matters related to security and threats against or through the DNS.

    He served in the past in ICANN’s Contractual Compliance Team where he managed the team responsible for processing all registrar-related complaints worldwide. He also provided key subject matter expert advice and guidance to ICANN’s Contractual Compliance Audit Program and to the gTLD registry-related work of the Compliance Team.

    Prior to joining ICANN, Carlos participated in the International Attorneys Program at Holland & Knight in Miami and served as the head of the Legal & Business Affairs Division at Sony Music for Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru. While in this position he was a member of the Andean legal committee of the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).

    A pioneer in Latin America in matters related to software anti-piracy, information security from a legal perspective and cyber crime, initially through his work with the local law firm of the Business Software Alliance in Colombia since 1998. His articles on piracy and terrorism, cybercrime, botnets, digital evidence, criminal aspects related to the use of honeypots, legal aspects of information security standards, the Budapest Convention, and other related matters have been published in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico and Spain. He taught computer law, legal aspects of information security and intellectual property in two universities in Bogota and has lectured before many different audiences in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

    Carlos is a former co-chair of M3AAWG’s Anti-Phishing Special Interest Group and is a co-chair of M3AAWG’s Names and Numbers Committee. Also, he is a co-founder of the DNS Abuse Special Interest Group at FIRST.

    Carlos is an attorney graduated from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and has studies on networking with TCP/IP from UCLA.

    David Chui

    Chief Innovation Officer, MYNIC Berhad

    David joined MYNIC in Oct 2018 as the Chief Innovation Officer. He is tasked to ensure the security, resilience, and availability of the DNS operation and services to serve the .my community in the country.

    Before joining MYNIC, David has worked in multiple organizations with experience ranging from advisory, training, pre-sales, support, and system integrations. He has been involved with security, virtualization, infrastructure designing, and deploying technical projects for enterprise customers.

    David holds a Master’s in Business Administration, York St. John University, United Kingdom, and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Charles Sturt University. He is also a Certified Scrum Master, and IT Service Management (ITIL).s

    Dr. Stefanie Chow

    Lead, Partner Experience and Channel Distribution, MYNIC Berhad

    Dr. Stefanie Chow Yiing Yng is the Lead, Partner Experience and Channel Distribution under Sales and Marketing department from MYNIC Berhad. She is responsible in managing partnership with Resellers and Registrars and developing concept-to-execution strategies for stimulation of domain name registration growth. 

    Graeme Bunton

    Director, DNS Abuse Institute

    Graeme Bunton is the Executive Director of the DNS Abuse Institute, an initiative dedicated to developing collaborative and innovative methods of reducing DNS abuse. Graeme has over 11 years of DNS policy experience. Prior to heading the DNS Abuse Institute, he was the Head of Policy for Tucows and served as Chair of ICANN’s Registrar Stakeholder Group for four years. Graeme was one of the driving forces behind the ‘Framework to Address Abuse’, a new set of guidelines and principles for addressing online harms, which was adopted by more than 50 registries and registrars. He helped found the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and currently serves as Board Chair of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition.

    Jia-Rong Low

    Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director, APAC, ICANN

    Jia-Rong Low joined ICANN in August 2013. He is currently the Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, and concurrently Managing Director for the Asia Pacific (APAC) regional office. Stationed in Singapore, Jia-Rong works with key stakeholders to bring ICANN to the region and facilitate stakeholders to participate in multistakeholder Internet governance.

    Prior to joining ICANN, Jia-Rong served at Singbridge International, a Singapore government-linked company specializing in sustainable urban development projects. A former diplomat, Jia-Rong worked for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as First Secretary (Political) at the Singapore Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. Jia-Rong is very familiar with the region, having represented Singapore in engaging the region’s governments such as Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

    Jia-Rong holds a Diploma in International Trade Law from WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Communications Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

    Pavel Farhan

    Post Graduate Student,
    Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Intern, UN OICT

    Pavel, a post graduate student in ICT, has been strongly involved in the Internet Governance community since APNIC48 in 2019, of which he was a conference fellow. Since then, he has received several other exemplary fellowships to attend APAN49, NextGen@ICANN68, APNIC52, APIGA 2021, inSIG 2021, and ICANN73. Pavel also currently holds the designation of NetMission Ambassador from the 2019-2020 batch, as well as Digital Grassroots Ambassador for Cohort 5. 

    Sabrina Lim

    Stakeholder Engagement Programs Manager, Asia Pacific
    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

    Sabrina focuses on widening the Internet community’s participation in ICANN through engagement programs with stakeholders across the Asia Pacific region. She comes from a specialized background in Communications for the Singapore government. She served 8 years in the Ministry of Communications and Information, with secondments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of National Development. She has an Honours degree in Sociology from the National University of Singapore, and a graduate diploma in Mass Communications from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

    Satish Babu

    Chair of ICANN’s Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO)

    Satish Babu is an Internet Governance practitioner based out of India. He is the Chair of the Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO) of ICANN At-Large. He has been a Software Developer, Entrepreneur and a specialist in Open Source. He is a co-founder of the India School on Internet Governance, and the Chair of the Asia-Pacific School on Internet Governance.

    Satish chairs the UA-Tech Working Group and is the ALAC Liaison to UASG. He was a member of the IDN Implementations Guidelines WG and is a member of the EPDP on IDNs.

    Yeo Yee Ling

    Manager of Legal Department
    MYNIC Berhad

    Ms Yeo Yee Ling is the Manager of Legal Department in MYNIC Berhad. She is responsible for overseeing the Policy, legal and regulatory matters in relation to domain name and electronic addressing, and contract management. She graduated from the University of Manchester with Honours degree in Law, underwent professional training at the English Bar at Gray’s Inn and is a non-practising Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

    Yien-Chyn Tan

    Stakeholder Engagement Manager, APAC
    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

    Yien Chyn is currently a Stakeholder Engagement Manager at ICANN. She engages with the community in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and facilitates their participation in ICANN’s multistakeholder Internet governance discussions.

    Yien Chyn joined ICANN in May 2016. Prior to her current role, she was with ICANN’s Contractual Compliance Team and has extensive knowledge of ICANN’s consensus policies. 

    Yien Chyn graduated with an Honours Degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore, and is CCEP-I (Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional- International) certified.

    Martin Tang

    Exabytes Malaysia

    Martin found his passion for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) during his 6 years of employment at Exabytes as a digital marketer. His proven track records include assisting to maintain over 100 keywords on the first page of all Exabytes division websites.

    Moreover, with the experience of managing more than 50 SEO clients of Exabytes Digital, Martin is a true expert in helping companies to grow their business online.

    Content marketing is also his forte. To date, Martin has published over 70 weekly digital marketing videos for Exabytes across Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Furthermore, he is also an expert in corporate and event photography.

    Champika Wijayatunga

    Regional Technical Engagement Manager, APAC, ICANN

    Champika Wijayatunga is the Regional Technical Engagement Manager for Asia Pacific at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He represents ICANN in technical, security, law enforcement, and capacity-building forums primarily in the Asia Pacific region.

    Prior to ICANN, Champika held managerial, specialist, and liaison roles at APNIC – the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for the Asia Pacific. He started his career with IBM Corporation as a technical specialist, and has worked in the IT industry, academia, research, and training environments. 

    Champika holds a postgraduate degree in Computer Science & Engineering, as well as Professional Education qualifications in Cybersecurity. He also serves in various technical community groups and committees.

    Alain Durand

    ICANN

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    Mohamad Farizul Yahaya​

    Chief Financial Officer

    MYNIC

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    Md Fariz Ahmad Sanusi

    Chief Marketing Officer

    MYNIC

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    Mastura Mukhtar

    Lead, IT Services

    MYNIC Berhad

    Mastura Mukhtar is a Lead, IT Services from MYNIC with over ten years of extensive experience in the domain name industry. Her primary role is in supporting infrastructure to facilitate DNS applications, as well as managing DNS and DNSSEC for Malaysia’s country code top-level domain (.my). 

    With MYNIC as the official .MY domain registry, this position is crucial in maintaining the technical operations of DNS and DNSSEC to ensure the normal operation of systems and services. This involves incident handling, troubleshooting, and providing second-level support to resolve technical issues regarding DNS and DNSSEC, as well as the domain name operations.

    Leveraging on her background and experiences, she is also responsible for providing training and awareness on the adoption of DNS Security to various sectors, including government and financial institutions, for securing DNS services.

    Mingkai (Mike) Zhang

    DNS Software Engineer, Alibaba Cloud

    Mike Zhang joined Alibaba in 2021. As a DNS software engineer, he is currently responsible for DNS system monitoring and reliability related works. Prior to joining Alibaba, Mike used to work at CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) for seven years. 

    Dr. Ajay Data

    Managing Director, Data Group of Industries
    &
    Chair, Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)

    Dr. Ajay Data is an award-winning techno-commercial Founder & CEO of multiple technology companies. Data Xgen Technologies received global recognition for bringing first-of-its-kind linguistic email addresses technology supporting email IDs in Hindi, Gujrati, Tamil, Telugu, Cyrillic, Chinese, Marathi plus 20 more languages. 

    He had been investing and mentoring start-ups, and very actively contributing to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

    He regularly speaks on various platforms like IGF, TIE, iSpirt, IAMAI, NEN, ICANN, FICII, CII for entrepreneurship, Internet Governance, Universal Acceptance, technology, and innovations. 

    He became the first Indian to be elected as Chair of the global organisation – the Universal Acceptance Steering Group. Dr. Data is the Managing Director of Data Group of Industries with a team of 3000+ employees and a sought-after leader by young entrepreneurs for mentoring and guidance.

    Yuichi Yokoi

    General Manager of the Corporate Communication Office Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd (JPRS)

    Yuichi joined Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd (JPRS) in 2012. Currently, as a General Manager of the Corporate Communication Office, he is in charge of public relations and advertising of JPRS. He is also responsible for planning and managing JPRS’s websites and recently has been focusing on planning and managing web contents with SEO in mind.

    Merike Kaeo

    DNS Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group (DSFI-TSG) Coordinator

    Merike Kaeo is currently the CISO at Uniphore and has over 25 years of experience in pioneering Internet technology deployments and developing strategic security initiatives.

    Merike instigated and led the first security initiative for Cisco Systems in the mid 1990s and authored the first Cisco book on security, Designing Network Security, which was translated into multiple languages and widely used in security accreditation programs. She has held a variety of executive leadership positions and has a deep-rooted history in the global Internet community having contributed to organizations such as NANOG, APNIC, RIPE, ARIN, LACNIC, IGF, IETF, FIRST and ISOC. She is a frequently sought-after panelist and keynote speaker for disseminating and promoting strategies to create stable, resilient and safe digital environments.

    Since 2010, she has been on ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Council (SSAC), and served as the SSAC Liaison to the board from 2018 thru 2021.

    Han Zhang

    Senior Software Engineering Manager, Salesforce

    Han Zhang joined Salesforce in 2016. He is currently a Senior Software Engineering Manager on the DNS team. The team has deployed DNSSEC on various very large zones. Han has also given presentations in DNS-OARC, APNIC, and IETF. 

    Han holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University. His research interests include network security and network measurement.