11 July 2005
Over 50 delegates, representing 27 ccTLD registry managers from all of ICANN's geographical regions, met in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, for the WWTLD meeting whose theme was "ccTLDs best practices: latest and future developments". The meeting was kindly supported VeriSign and SWITCH.
All presentations have been posted on the wwTLD web site at http://www.wwtld.org/meetings/cctld/20050710.Luxembourg-documents.html.
The meeting covered five topics: stakeholder relations models and best practices; dispute resolution models and best practices; technical issues; corporate governance and domain name market trends.
At the beginning of the meeting, a questionnaire was distributed that asked registries to provide the agenda committee members with their input on:
The findings of the questionnaire were evaluated and a presentation focusing on the corporate governance aspects was given in the afternoon, highlighting the differences in registry management models.
Within the international section, Charles Shaban, member of the WGIG, gave an interesting update on the WGIG process, announcing the forthcoming release of the WGIG final report on July 18.
The various domain name dispute resolution models were explained through presentations made by Nominet UK, DENIC and NIC Chile. Christian Wichard of WIPO gave a report of the work conducted by his organisation with an overview of the services provided for gTLDs and ccTLDs, and the expertise they gained so far after having handled over 7,000 cases since the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service of WIPO was established.
After some technical presentations, the meeting ended with the section dedicated to market trends, where Alberto Perez of RED.ES announced the results of the changes in the domain name management in his registry which h ave led to doubling registration volumes in the last month, while Sarah Langstone of VeriSign provided the participants with the latest data on domain name growth. Over 75 million domain names registered at a worldwide level with high increases under .com and .net as well as .info, many related to new "pay per click" speculative advertising markets.
Giovanni Seppia of CENTR drew the meeting to a close, thanking all the sponsors and the participants, and commenting that the wwTLD meeting demonstrated convincingly the importance for registries of sharing best practices and keeping the dialogue open within a dynamic Internet management scene.