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CENTR Registrar Day 2017

ICT and Digital Agenda
Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:00 - 17:00

Venue: Renaissance Brussels Hotel  |  City: Bruxelles, Belgium

9.00Welcome and introduction

Jörg Schweiger (DENIC), Chair of the CENTR Board of Directors

9.10Presentation round

A quick tour de table where we will ask each participant to state their name, organisation and one topic or question they're particularly interested in. Results will be noted down and addressed in the Open Mic Session at the end of the day.


The purpose of this speed-networking session is to foster new encounters and possible business opportunities between registries and registrars. The 90-minute session will be divided into six match-meetings of 10 minutes each, during which participants will move from table to table.

10.30Coffee break11.00Speed-networking (continued)11.30Changing market conditions: fluctuating growth and new challenges

Panel discussion with Marianna Siouti (Papaki, EPE), Michele Neylon (Blacknight) and Jimmie Eriksson (Loopia), moderated by Giovanni Seppia, EURid

Four years on, the new gTLDs have reached a global TLD market share of 7%. How have they been faring in Europe and how are they being used? Will ccTLDs maintain their strong link to national identity? This panel will explore the constantly evolving European market of top-level domains, including lessons from the Geo TLDs, registrar growth expectations and consumer behaviour post-2013.

12.30Lunch break13.30Bringing digital identities to life: social networks and/or domain names?

Panel discussion with Dan Rodgers (GoDaddy), Rémi Loiseau (OVH), David Fowler (CIRA) and Oonagh McCutcheon (IEDR), moderated by Alexandrine Gauvin (CENTR).

Google, Facebook and many other platforms have made it infinitely easier for internet users to create online identities. Despite this real challenge, the domain name industry is still standing strong and have maintained its relevance throughout big changes in the last decade. However, as these platforms continue to grow and consolidate, how can domain names be promoted as digital identity and marketing tools? How can the industry highlight its competitive advantage? This panel discussion will try to tap into the creative minds of registries and registrars to find and learn about solutions to turn pure domain names into active website and email addresses as seamlessly as possible.

14.15Business Intelligence and Data Group: leveraging data to drive business decisions

Alex Mayrhofer, NIC.AT, Andreas Musielak, DENIC, Frédéric Guillemaut, SafeBrands

15.00How ccTLD registries can make our lives easier

Peeter Marvet, Zone Media LLC

15.30Coffee break15.45Data protection regulation: implementation challenges for registries and registrars

Led by Peter Van Roste, CENTR

Thanks to the looming deadline, the implementation of the GDPR requirements caught the full attention of both registries and registrars. While most of the new or updated rules can be dealt with internally, some aspects require collaboration between both parties. This session focus on three business cases where that collaboration will be essential. Participants are invited to join the discussion and contribute their experience and best practices. ICANN will also provide an overview of their activities to date.

Case study 1: Certification Authorities' views, with Nick France (Comodo)

Case study 2: eco’s suggestion for collaboration, with Lars Steffen (Eco)

Case study 3: Is there a need for a standard contractual clause? (CENTR)

ICANN update on GDPR implementation (Jean-Jacques Sahel, ICANN)

16.30Open mic session

Led by Lars-Göran "LG" Forsberg, IIS

During this session, LG will be bringing up high-level topics and questions that were suggested by participants throughout the day. This will be an opportunity for all attendees to speak up and exchange freely on a few topics that were not yet covered, or to dive deeper into matters of interest.




Rue du Parnasse 19
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium




All Dates

  • Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:00 - 17:00

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