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ICANN Training Days for the Eastern European and Central Asian Community

31 August 2021

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the Internet community in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to join a pilot regional event, the ICANN Training Days, on 13-14 September. This event aims at providing targeted technical training to address the critical needs of registries and registrars in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a special focus on Uzbekistan. It will be held immediately before the International Conference for ccTLD Registries and Registrars of Commonwealth of Independent States, Central and Eastern Europe (TLDCON), scheduled from 15 to 16 September, in Uzbekistan, of which ICANN org is a sponsor. Holding both events back to back will enable attendees to gain the benefits of the technical workshops, followed by virtual discussions at the 14th TLDCON.

During the ICANN Training Days, expert trainers from ICANN, RIPE NCC, and APTLD will focus on workshops that will support the local Uzbekistani and wider regional community in advancing their technical systems to increase the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet.

The following workshops will be presented in English, each with a separate registration link. Participation is free.

Date and Time (GMT +5) Workshop Name Trainer Description Registration Link
13 September 11:00 – 13:00 Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)
  • Champika Wijayatunga, regional technical engagement manager, ICANN
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of the DNSSEC, why it is important, and will give an overview of its technical components with the aim to build the capacity of the local Domain Name System (DNS) sector and to help keep the Internet stable, secure, and resilient. Here
13 September 13:30 – 15:30 Universal Acceptance (UA)
  • Sarmad Hussain, senior director IDN and UA programs, ICANN
  • Leonid Todorov, general manager, Asian Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD)
When people go online, they need to be able to access content easily in their local languages. This workshop will focus on the white paper The Role of Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) in Achieving Universal Acceptance, developed by APTLD, in collaboration with ICANN.

The paper provides recommendations for ccTLD registrars on how to make their technical systems UA-ready. This is an essential step that will help communities around the world access the Internet in their local languages and scripts.

14 September 11:00 – 16:30 DNS Root Service Operations
  • Champika Wijayatunga, regional technical engagement manager, ICANN
  • Gerardo Viviers, senior learning and development officer, Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)
  • Alexandra Pryadko, Technical Training & Development Officer, RIPE NCC
The DNS translates domain or host names into IP addresses, a required process for web navigation, email delivery, and other Internet functions. The root name servers are a critical part of this process. This workshop will discuss the important aspects of name server operations and the hosting of ICANN Managed Root Server instances. Here


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.