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DotAsia sTLD Initiative:

DotAsia sTLD Initiative:. A Top-Level Domain for the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet Community. The .Asia Concept. Result of over a year of work All TLDs except ccTLDs are perceived as Western-based Yet, over 60% of the world’s population and 90 languages reside in Asia

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DotAsia sTLD Initiative:

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  1. DotAsia sTLD Initiative: A Top-Level Domain for the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet Community

  2. The .Asia Concept • Result of over a year of work • All TLDs except ccTLDs are perceived as Western-based • Yet, over 60% of the world’s population and 90 languages reside in Asia • Asia undergoing dramatic, accelerating change • Economic • Cultural • Technical • Asian community bound together by this dynamic environment • Coherent/mature/thriving (e.g. APNIC, APNG, APRICOT meetings) • NOW is the time for the Asian community to establish its own identity on the Internet

  3. Why a .Asia TLD? • .Asia fulfills a market need • Internet penetration/usage growing exponentially in Asia • Internet is critical to community’s growth, access and integration • A new domain will satisfy demand for a “virtual central market” with a neutral identity • .Asia fulfills the requirements for an sTLD • “…a specialized TLD that has a sponsor representing the narrower community that is most affected by the TLD.” • “…a sponsor is an organization to which is delegated some defined ongoing policy-formulation authority…” • .Asia fulfills a dream • A powerful, integrated market to balance the West

  4. Who needs .Asia TLD? • Asia based regional companies • Local companies expanding to regional • Asia Headquarters of global companies • NGOs and not-for-profit organisations in Asia such as APNIC, APIA, APTLD, ASOCIO, etc. • Asian Games, Asian Cup and many other Asia based sports events • Asian Wall Street Journal, Asia Computer Weekly, Channel News Asia and many other newspapers / magazines / TV channels which target the Asian market or community • Many others…

  5. What is .Asia? • A “sponsored” top level domain, or sTLD • Registrations available in LDH at the second level (e.g. name.asia) • idn.asia to be supported in the future • Eligibility requirement: legal entity in Pan-Asia or Asia Pacific • Definition: ICANN’s Asia/Australia/Pacific region • Sold via registrars including ccTLDs • Standards-compliant domain

  6. DotAsia Organisation Limited: formed to serve the community • Vision: • Leverage the successful and cooperative platform of the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet community to further this collaborative approach to other areas of the growing economies. • Mission: • Sponsor, establish and operate an Internet namespace with global recognition and regional significance dedicated to the needs of the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet community • Reinvest surpluses in socio-technological advancement initiatives relevant to the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet community • Operate a viable not-for-profit initiative that is a technically advanced, world-class TLD registry for the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific community

  7. Who is DotAsia Organisation Limited? • Not-for-profit organisation incorporated in Hong Kong • “Owned” by Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet community: • Sponsored by ccTLD’s • Co-sponsored by regional based Internet/IT/Telecom groups, NGOs, and other relevant community organizations • Open and accessible governance • Board of 11 (8 sponsors, 2 co-sponsors, 1 CEO) • Advisory Council (1 representative from each co-sponsor, plus other experts appointed by the Board) • Proceeds Steering Committee—selects community projects to fund • Initial funding loaned by Afilias Limited

  8. Organization Structure

  9. Special Features & Differentiators • Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific regional presence requirement • Augmenting UDRP & WIPO reserved domains list with local DRP & reserved lists • Improve regional intellectual property rights protection • Especially important for IDNs • Joint marketing, product bundling with ccTLDs • Proof-of-concept IDN lab • Leverage existing ccTLD experience • Advanced application of standards

  10. Sponsor members (ccTLD) participation and benefits • Nominations to and votes for the Board • Local Domain Dispute Resolution Policy to augment the UDRP • List of Reserved Names to be blocked • Language expertise on multilingual domain names • TLD operating experience from your ccTLD • No capital investment is needed • “Revenue sharing”

  11. .Asia expected to complement ccTLDs • Example: .INFO launch in Germany • 260,000 .INFO’s in Germany did not negatively impact sales of .DE • .UK experience similar during .INFO launch .DE .INFO

  12. Co-sponsor members (AP Groups) participation and benefits • Nomination of a representative on the Advisory Council • From the AC representative, nominate and vote for the seats at the Board • Experience and policy knowledge for .Asia • Bids to the Proceeds Steering Committee for grant allocations • Counsel to Proceeds Steering Committee on areas of interest for re-investment • No capital investment is needed

  13. .Asia bid already has good support • Current Sponsors (LOIs signed) • .CN - China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) • .ID - Country Code Top Level Domain Indonesia (ccTLD-ID) • .IN - .IN ccTLD Registry • .IR - .IR ccTLD Registry • .JP - Japan Registry Service Co., Ltd. (JPRS) • .KR - Korea Network Information Center (KRNIC) • .MO - Macau Network Information Center (MONIC) • .NU - Internet Users Society - Niue (IUSN) • .NZ - InternetNZ • .PH - PH Domain Foundation • .SG - Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) • .TW - Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) • .VN - Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) • Current Co-sponsors (LOIs signed) • APNG - Asia Pacific Networking Group • APNIC - Asia Pacific Network Information Centre • PAN – Pan Asia Networking, International Development Research Centre

  14. Other Supporters • Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) • Hon SIN Chung-Kai, Legislative Councillor, HKSAR • Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (CYBERPORT) • Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF) • Hong Kong Information Technology Industry Council (HKITIC) • Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA) • Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) • Hong Kong Telecommunications Users Group (HKTUG) • Information and Software Industry Association, Hong Kong (ISIA) • Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government (InvestHK) • IP Mirror Private Limited (SGNIC-Accredited Registrar from Singapore) • Netpia.com (ICANN-Accredited Registrar from Korea) • Philippine Internet Services Organization (PISO) • Web Commerce Communications Limited (ICANN-Accredited Registrar from Malaysia)

  15. Initial Board • Indra K. HARTONO (Managing Partner, ccTLD-ID) • Hirofumi HOTTA (Director, JPRS) • LIM Choon Sai (General Manager, SGNIC) • Tommy MATSUMOTO (Chairman, APNG) • Dr. SIR Jae-Chul (Vice President, KRNIC) • Richard ST. CLAIR (Co-founder and Technical Manager, IUSN) • Dr. THAM Yiu Kwok (Administrative Contact, MONIC) • Prof. TSENG Shian-Shyong (Chairman, TWNIC) • YU Yang (Commissioner, International Affairs, CNNIC) • One vacancy from Co-Sponsor Member • CEO (Ex-Officio)

  16. Initial Advisory Council • Izumi AIZU (Member Asia / Australia / Pacific, Interim ALAC) • R.K. ARORA (Group Coordinator & Senior Director, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India) • Prof. Vincent CHEN (Advisory Board, APNG) • Prof. Kilnam CHON (KAIST) • Khaled FATTAL (Acting Executive Director, AINC) • Dr. Kenny HUANG (Advisor, CDNC) • Maria NG Lee Hoon (Regional Senior Program Specialist, PAN, IDRC) • Paul WILSON (Director General, APNIC) • Prof. XUE Hong (Member Asia / Australia / Pacific, Interim ALAC) • More experts are needed

  17. .Asia timetable • ICANN bid submitted : March 16, 2004 • The first bid from Asia ever • Public comments: April 1 – May 14 • Independent evaluation: May-July • First physical Initial Board Meeting in KL in July • August 1 and forward: Selection of applications for commercial / technical negotiation and contract talks

  18. Joining as Member • Please join .Asia: • Run by Asians for the Asians • Owned by the Community • Not-for-profit organisation • Participate in the governance • Help Internet development in Asia • the only gTLD bid from Asia • Only non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) is needed at this stage • More support means higher chance of success

  19. Thank you Questions?

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