Regional Universal Acceptance Training Programs
Regional Universal Acceptance Training Programs are collaborative efforts between ICANN and regional top-level domain (TLD) organizations to raise awareness of Universal Acceptance (UA) challenges and remediation efforts and engage with key industry stakeholders.
Each regional program provides a series of trainings on the technical aspects of UA and serves as a forum to discuss how to effectively address UA issues specific to the region. The online sessions, delivered by leading industry experts, will address various UA and IDN-related topics each targeted at relevant regional audiences including policymakers, technical administrators, ccTLD managers, registrars and their resellers, and local regulators and businesses.
Universal Acceptance is key to achieving a digitally inclusive Internet by ensuring that all domain names and email addresses – regardless of script, language or character length – are accepted equally by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. This includes supporting all country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), new and long generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).
APAC Universal Acceptance Training Program
The APAC UA Training Program is a partnership between ICANN and the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD). The program, started in 2021, is designed to raise awareness of UA challenges in the APAC region, help build capacity to address those challenges, and assist ccTLDs and other stakeholders in developing and implementing robust IDN and UA-related systems and policies.
The APTLD is the regional association for ccTLDs in the APAC region, which is home to over 3,200 languages written in a variety of scripts resulting in the greatest number of potential IDNs. APTLD membership currently includes 50 ccTLDs from the APAC region, and an additional 19 associate members made up of leading registries and registrars. More information on the APTLD can be found here.
APAC UA Training Program Schedule and Registration
Times and dates are tentative and subject to change.
|20 January 2021 / 1:00 UTC||Configuring for Email Address Internationalization (EAI)||Technical (systems)||A detailed training on how to configure email systems to support EAI.||Session Recording|
|13 April 2021 / 5:00 UTC||Programming for supporting Universal Acceptance||Technical (programmers)||A detailed training on how to design and develop applications and systems to support UA.||Register Here|
|5 May 2021||Universal Acceptance: Its Impact and Next Steps||ccTLD managers, local regulators, tech, and business||A dialogue on how UA issues impact the APAC community, how best to address these issues, and highlight business opportunities by being UA-ready.||TBD|
Additional follow up webinars or face-to-face meetings (when possible) may be scheduled based on the discussions held during the above training sessions.
The APAC UA Training Program is formulated under the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ICANN and APTLD.