Around the ccTLDs world: The journey continues

08 November 2012 - A Workshop on Baku,Azerbaijan


The workshop intends to show the diversity of country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) policy models and the best practice exchanges in this context. There are more than 250 ccTLD extensions globally. Each ccTLD represents the country’s national identity on the web. The ccTLDs and gTLDs community has been defined as one of the backbones of the Internet ecosystem. During the 2012 ICANN meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, ICANN celebrated 27 TLDs that have hit the 25-year mark.

These ccTLDs have gone through enormous changes over more than two decades of activity. They coped with several emerging issues, like national-regional-international deregulations, IDNs, DNSSEC and other security measures, business continuity, law enforcement and privacy matters. A striking characteristic of ccTLDs is the variety of policies they work with. This workshop will present the evolution of the ccTLD against the various matters that impacted the TLD landscape in the recent years and those that are likely to change the TLD landscape like the forthcoming introduction of the new TLDs.

A question and answer session will follow with the guidance of a moderator. The Q&A session will be based on the comparison of the different models and will aim to further stimulate the dialogue, educate the audience and demonstrate the importance of best practice sharing.
The core message of the workshop is to show how different approaches serve different local needs and how the TLDs are interacting with the local government or supra-national organisations. Moreover, the workshop intends to underscore how the various TLD models have been contributing to the human, economic and social development by expanding multiculturalism and multilingualism via the projects that the TLD operators have set up at local level to educate and outreach their community.
These presentations and discussions build up valuable case studies for anyone with an interest in the grassroots basic of internet governance.