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Puerto Rico Top Level Domain celebrates 30th anniversary

By on August 14, 2019

To hold Domain Name System Week Aug. 20-23

SAN JUAN — As part of its 30th anniversary on the island, the Puerto Rico Top Level Domain (PRTLD) organization will celebrate Domain Name System Week (DNS Week) at the Hyatt Place San Juan Aug. 20-23.

DNS Week events are organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Country Top Level Domain (LACTLD) organization and the PRTLD. Each event will address different topics related to the Domain Name System (DNS) and the operation and management of the ccTLDs (country code Top Level Domains), with a focus on the Caribbean region.

The vice president of PRTLD, Pablo Rodríguez, told Caribbean Business that “the event will feature both closed and open sessions to the public, aimed at operators of country codes in the Caribbean” that do not currently participate in the regional forums “where all operators meet.”

“We invited all Caribbean ccTLD administrators to discuss problems in the region and seek joint solutions,” LACTLD General Manager Miguel Ignacio Estrada wrote in an editorial.

Rodríguez explained that in addition to the anniversary celebration, PRTLD will hold the event “so everyone learns about the organization that groups the operators of the country codes of Central and South America as well as the Caribbean so they can benefit and express their concerns, interests and can take them to the highest forums in the world” such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the safe management of the internet, as well as its interoperability, through the development of policies on the internet’s unique identifiers through the coordination of the internet’s domain name system (DNS).

Among the activities for DNS Week, is the LACTLD Workshop on Aug. 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Although the two-day workshop will be closed for ccTLDs and sponsors, it will address relevant topics for ccTLDs’ operation and management.

One of the activities open to the public will be training on the IPv6 communications protocol, which provides an identification and location system for computers and routes traffic across the internet.

This session will be held Aug. 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will consist of an IPv6 training hosted by PRTLD and the Internet Society of Puerto Rico (ISOC-PR) and featuring Alejandro Acosta from LACNIC as guest trainer. The first day will feature a theoretical approach of the IPv6 Protocol and the second will consist of a “Hands-On” workshop.

Meanwhile, on Aug. 20, PRTLD will hold its invitation-only anniversary celebration at La Casita de Rones in Old San Juan.

Prominent among the week’s events is the LAC DNS Forum for industry, internet policy and technical professionals interested in debating DNS-related issues with a focus on the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The forum featuring the participation of regional organizations and speakers will also provide an opportunity for regional stakeholders to engage and network with global key players and experts in the field. The forum is open to anyone interested in issues related to the domain name industry and its potential business opportunities.

The annual LAC DNS Forum was first held in 2013 and is jointly organized by LACTLD, the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and ICANN.

Visit http://lacdnsforum.lat/ to register.

On the last day of DNS Week, Aug. 23, a remote and closed online training will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for LAC Registries and Registrars for ICANN regional Top Level Domains registries. For more details about DNS Week, visit dnsweek.pr

Expected attendance for the events has already surpassed projections.

“We had room for 50 people and we blew past that, twice. There is an incredible interest in the community, students and academics; there is hunger to learn about this kind of thing,” Rodríguez said.

In addition to being the only organization authorized worldwide to administer the “.pr” country code to represent Puerto Rico and its users online, PRTLD works with ICANN to maintain a stable, secure and interoperable network configuration to promote competition and the development of policies for these unique identifiers.

Rodríguez emphasized that part of PRTLD’s purpose is to provide entrepreneurs their identity on the internet so they work directly with each merchant to provide a low-cost or even free name for their domains with the “.pr” extension.

The executive urged citizens to consider acquiring their identity under the “.pr” code because, based on experience, “.com” domains are so numerous that losing the name that identifies the user or company throughout the internet could be at risk of being lost.

The PRTLD is a regional pioneer, with an established online presence totaling some 10,000 registered domains.