One size doesn't fit all: what can be learned from the diversity of existing ccTLD management examples

15 November 2007 - A Best Practice Forum on Critical Internet Resources in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR)


NIC.AT and Austrian Government,
CIRA and Canadian Government,
An African ccTLD Registry (TBC)

Additional Information

Showing the diversity of successful country code Top Level Domain, ccTLD, management models and the best practice exchanges in this context There are more than 240 ccTLD extensions globally. According to the latest available statistics, there were 45.7 million ccTLD domain name registrations as at the end of the first quarter of 2007. Each ccTLD represents the country’s national identity on the web.

A striking characteristic of ccTLDs is the variety of models for cooperation with local stakeholders, including civil society, and government. This workshop will focus on a comparative analysis of various organizational models for ccTLD registries, highlighting their challenges, weaknesses, strengths, and achievements. An introduction to the role of a ccTLD registry in layman’s terms will precede an overview of 6 models from around the world that have been selected for the different cooperation model they represent and the value they will add to the discussions. 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 6 models and will aim to further stimulate the dialogue, educate the audience and demonstrate the importance of best practice sharing approach. The core message of the workshop is that local needs determine the most suitable cooperation model. While the different models can learn from each other’s experiences, there is no single solution that fits all.

Draft Program:

Introduction and overview of the role the industry: (10 Mins) Peter Van Roste, General Manager CENTR

Presentations by GAC representatives and/or representatives from the registries (45 Mins):- Austria: NIC.AT Richard Wein and Austrian GAC Representative Dr. Christian Singer- Chile:Margarita Valdez, President LACTLD- Canada:Jacob Glick, General Counsel CIRA and Heather Dryden, Regional Specialist, Dept. of Industry, Canada- Europe:Giovanni Seppia, International Relations Manager, EURid- Japan:Hiro Hotta, JPRS- Africa: Representative from an African ccTLD registry. (TBC)

Q&A session (35 Mins) This workshop proposal takes into account the needs for both a multi-stakeholder approach and geographical diversity by including speakers and perspectives from the industry, civil society and governments from all continents.