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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:

A Top-Level Domain for the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet Community

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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

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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

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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…

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What is .Asia?

  • A “sponsored” top level domain, or sTLD

  • Registrations available in LDH at the second level (e.g.

    • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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.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



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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

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.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

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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)

  • (ICANN-Accredited Registrar from Korea)

  • Philippine Internet Services Organization (PISO)

  • Web Commerce Communications Limited (ICANN-Accredited Registrar from Malaysia)

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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)

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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

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.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

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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

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Thank you