WEBINARS
Sept 2021 - Feb 2022

MAIN EVENT
30 Mar - 1 Apr 2022

WEBINARS
Sept 2021 - Feb 2022

MAIN EVENT
30 Mar - 1 Apr 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 feature six pre-event webinars (September 2021 – February 2022) leading up to the event, which will take place from 30 March to 1 April 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 Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), MYNIC is dedicated to help 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

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)
DNS Best Practices
13 Jan 2022
1100 – 1230 (UTC +8)
How PRIME (Program Realisasi Impian Ekonomi Digital) program helps to increase .MY adoption in Malaysian MSME market?
17 Feb 2022
1100 – 1230 (UTC +8)
5G, IoT & DNS

Speakers' Profiles

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Champika Wijayatunga

ICANN

Martin Tang

Exabytes

Mastura Mukhtar

MYNIC

Md Fariz Ahmad Sanusi

MYNIC

Mingkai (Mike) Zhang

Alibaba Cloud

Moderators' Profiles

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David Chui

MYNIC

Jia-Rong Low

ICANN

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 2022 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 February 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.

You may reset your password by clicking on “Forgot Password” at the login page.

For all enquiries, including media relations or sponsorship opportunities, please email us at corpcom@mynic.my or drop us a message at the “Contact Us” section on our website.

Contact Us

Contact Us

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.

    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.

    DNS Best Practices

    Date

    16 December 2021

    Time

    1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

    Session Description

    n/a

    How PRIME (Program Realisasi Impian Ekonomi Digital) program helps to increase .MY adoption in Malaysian MSME market?

    Date

    13 January 2022

    Time

    1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

    Session Description

    n/a

    5G, IoT & DNS

    Date

    17 February 2022

    Time

    1100 - 1230 (UTC +8)

    Session Description

    n/a

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    Md Fariz Ahmad Sanusi

    Chief Marketing Officer

    MYNIC

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    Chief Financial Officer

    MYNIC

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    Alain Durand

    ICANN

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    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.