Weekly newsletter


19 November 2020


CENTR updates


EU Policy Update - October 2020

5 November 2020

In a nutshell: The European Commission published its 2021 work programme and announced its plans for the Digital Markets Act. The European Parliament adopted all three of its own-initiative reports on the Digital Services Act. Europol published the Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment for 2020. The Council of the EU agreed on the negotiation mandate on the temporary e-Privacy derogation. The European Data Protection Supervisor issued advice for the EU institutions on complying with Schrems II and issued a decision on Europol’s “big data challenge”. The European Court of Justice held that mass retention of electronic communication metadata is against fundamental rights.

Upcoming CENTR events


Joint Administrative and Marketing webinar: Business Intelligence for Registrars

19 November 2020, Online


4th CENTR Academy

24 November 2020, Online


5th Webinar on Policy

25 November 2020, Online


17th CENTR R&D workshop

26 November 2020, Online

Members' news


(.be) DNS Belgium checks registration data even faster

In its ongoing fight against cybercrime, DNS Belgium is continuously taking new initiatives to this end . Our system currently checks the registration data of registrants before a domain name becomes active to prevent domain name abuse. Read more


(.ca) CIRA Registry Platform reaches new milestone with completion of .IE migration

Today, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is proud to announce that .IE, the official country-code top-level domain of the Republic of Ireland, is now powered by the industry-leading CIRA Registry Platform. Read more


(.ca) Private and secure web surfing just got ridiculously easier

If I started this blog by saying, DNS over HTTPS, encryption and IETF RFC 8484 I would lose three-quarters of my total audience. Heck – I wouldn’t be surprised if I lost half of my technical audience. If I already lost you just by joking about losing you…please stay. I promise - it will be worth it. Read more


(.ch) Greater privacy and protection against cybercrime

On 18 November 2020, the Federal Council adopted the revision of the Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID). Set to go into effect on 1 January 2021, it offers greater protection of personal data and helps to more effectively combat cybercrime. Read more


(.ch) The .ch zone file will be published as open data

The Swiss Federal council adopted the lower laws to the telecommunicaiton act today. Amongst it is the Ordinance on Internet Domains that also regulates the ccTLD .ch. SWITCH-CERT welcomes the new ordinance and the smart regulation by the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM). The Ordinance on Internet Domains will come to power on 1.1.2021 and has some important changes. Read more


(.cz) Need help with accessing public services using MojeID? New videos can provide just that!

CZ.NIC Association, the mojeID service provider, has published six video tutorials that will advise service users on the full process of linking their account to the National Identification Authority (NIA). The videos guide users through all four existing options for securing their account with a security key, as well as the full identity verification procedure. Read more


(.eu) EURid course at the Technological University in Dublin

17 November 2020 marked the beginning of a new cooperation between EURid and the Technological University, Dublin. The cooperation is part of EURid's longstanding commitment to provide higher education courses on cybersecurity and Internet governance topics. Read more


(.eu) The Dynamic Coalition of Data and Trust has been launched

The inaugural meeting of the Dynamic Coalition of Data and Trust was held on 5 November 2020 during IGF 2020. The objective of the dynamic coalition is to explore multiple dimensions of data and trust from the perspective of a wide variety of stakeholders. Read more


(.fr) Marianne Georgelin joins Afnic's Executive Committee as Legal Director

Afnic announces a new appointment to its Executive Committee with the arrival of Marianne Georgelin, Legal Director responsible for abuse, disputes and registry policy, who will report directly to Afnic CEO Pierre Bonis. Read more


(.fr) ‘Je passe au numérique’: the Afnic initiative for VSEs/SMEs

Afnic, the association responsible for .fr domain names, is launching the initiative ‘Je passe au numérique’ (‘I’m going digital’), with the support of its partners, to facilitate the shift and support VSEs and SMEs in developing their online presence thanks to 3 simple, secure and accessible packs. Read more


(.fr) Brands answer the call to the 2nd ‘Cercle des .marque’ event

The second edition of ‘Le Cercle des .marque’ (The BrandTLD Club) event - the forum dedicated to custom domain extensions and open to brands and their representatives - took place on 5 November. Read more


(.ie) SME Online Success Story: Stonechat Jewellers

Last week, I caught up with Ann Chapman, owner of the wonderful Stonechat Jewellers home of handcrafted, contemporary jewellery to chat about her business and how digital has been a significant contributor to her business success. Read more


(.nl) Register now for SIDN Inspire!

On Thursday 26 November, we're holding the first edition of SIDN Inspire from 3:30 to 5:30pm, Dutch time. This exciting new event will be livestreamed from Industrial Studios, Arnhem. (The event will be in Dutch.) Read more


(.ru) Russian domain development discussed at European registries meeting

The 33rd CENTR Marketing workshop took place on November 12. The meeting was held online and brought together representatives from 22 European ccTLDs, from national registries in Canada, the US, New Zealand and Japan as well gTLDs .COM and .NET. Experts from the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ also took part in the conference. Read more


(.uk) 2020 may be a disappointment – the UK IGF 2020 was not

The months since the UK Internet Governance Forum 2020 has given us time to take stock of those engaging and interesting few days of discussion – in unique circumstances for this unique year. It has enabled us to compile our post-event report but also to reflect that, all things considered, this year’s event could just be one of the most successful yet. Read more


(.au) Introducing a new look for auDA

Today we’re extremely excited to launch a redeveloped website showcasing auDA’s new branding. Read more

Other news


(ICANN) New Resources Available to Domain Name Holders (Registrants)


(ICANN) Support for Registrants and Those Impacted by Net 4 India Limited


(ICANN) Registration Now Open for the 2020 LAC Domain Names Week


(LACTLD) Coordination of IGF LAC Space 2020


(APTLD) Webinar on Practical Solutions and Next Steps to Address DNS Abuse


(ISC) SAD DNS - Side channel attack


(CircleID) Speculating in Domain Names: Pricing War(e)s


(Europol) Here’s how to outsmart criminals abusing the online shopping experience this holiday season


(Domain Name Wire) Afilias sells its stake in MMX


(Domain Name Wire) GoDaddy launches GoDaddy Corporate Domains for large brands