Asia-Pacific Registry/Registrar Regional Gathering Concluded

by Craig Schwartz on September 15, 2008

On 10-11 September 2008, ICANN hosted its third Asia/Pacific regional gathering in Seoul, Korea. The regional gathering approach to broadening participation in the ICANN process for gTLD registries and ICANN-accredited registrars was first introduced in February 2005 in Brussels, Belgium. And, since that time, ICANN has conducted annually three outreach events – one each in the Asia/Pacific, Europe and North America regions. As the participation in the community continues to expand to all parts of the world, ICANN anticipates adjusting the model to include other areas such as Latin America/Caribbean Islands, South America, Africa and the Middle East.

The event in Seoul was the largest gathering to date with more than 68 participants representing 26 registrars and six registries. And, of the 56 registrar participants, 54% reported that they had not previously attended an ICANN meeting. Also, for the first time since the inception of the gatherings, presentation materials were provided in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Additionally, clean and red-lined versions of the RAA and proposed changes were provided in the same languages.

Topics presented at the gathering included a summary of the outcomes of the recent Paris meeting, proposed amendments to the RAA, protection of registrants (registrar data escrow/interim terminated registrar transition plan and registry failover), IDNs, new gTLDs, compliance/UDRP, GNSO policy items, IPv4/IPv6, and recent Board actions around the Add Grace Period (AGP).

The event was supported through generous contributions from DotAsia, Afilias and NeuStar.

For further information about this event, please contact Craig Schwartz or Tim Cole.


Danny Younger 09.15.08 at 10:47 am


1) Where might we find the audiocast of the sessions, links to participant presentations, or transcripts of sessions such as the one held on proposed amendments to the RAA?

2) Does ICANN intend to ever host a series of regional gatherings exclusive to the non-supplier community?

antonio 09.18.08 at 6:08 am

Gostaria de saber com posso ter um dominio mundial

bwhhisc 09.21.08 at 5:48 pm

What is the status and timetable for rollout of IDN.IDN for Korea?
There has been pretty much slow but steady news from China and Russia on the subject, as well as Japan who recently published a study of options for aliasing .jp.

Not much information or press about IDNs in Korea. Any news you can share?

Pin 09.23.08 at 2:19 am

Sorry, understand this is off topic to this post. Can someone confirm if is ‘valid top level domain according to ICANN and IANA’?

My web host do not support in their system. They claim that is not, but why this is officially launch by MyNIC ( in Malaysia?

Lutfor Rahman 09.27.08 at 10:55 pm

How to become a board member of ICANN?

Techbuzzworld 11.08.08 at 5:41 pm

If the Middle East (West Asia) is not part of Asia, what about Central Asia and South Asia? Will they also have separate registry gathering?

antonino tripi 11.11.08 at 3:11 pm

vorrei registrarmi a playstation network per aggiornare fifa 09

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