CENTR A-level survey 2012
The processing of the results of the 2012 CENTR A-level survey is done. Since 2002, every 2 or 3 years the CENTR A-level survey gives an insight on the organization and main policy rules of the registries in the CENTR community. A record number of 50 members participated to the CENTR A-level survey.
One of the eye catchers in the report is the high number of DNSSEC deployments planned for 2013. By the end of next year 42 of the 50 registries in the survey will have launched DNSSEC; that is 85%.
Much more in the report which is available at http://centr.org/Survey_2012-A_Level_Survey . (members only)
CENTR.ORG secured with DNSSEC
CENTR’s request to sign centr.org was the impetus for Openminds to prioritize the planned upgrade of its infrastructure and so become one of the first Belgian hosting companies allowing its clients to add security extensions to their domain names.
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Their customers include medium to large SME's, government (all levels) etc. They host some of the largest B2B e-commerce sites in Belgium, some of the most popular blogs and support the best and brightest web-agencies in Belgium.
Nominet appoints Chief Operating Officer
Eleanor Bradley has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer.
In recognition of the breadth of her new responsibilities, Eleanor has joined the Nominet Board taking a seat that was previously vacant.
Nominet congratulates Eleanor on her new role, which will focus on ensuring we continue to deliver excellence in both our operational and corporate services.
The Communique from the November Board meeting has also now been published.
.RU will be DNSSEC signed by the end of December
On December 4, the Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ and the Technical
Center of Internet have generated DNSSEC keys for .RU, one of two Russian
national domains. The ceremony was attended by media as well as CC and TCI
experts. A formal event signified the first phase of signing .RU with DNSSEC,
with all works expected to be finalized by end of December 2012. A year ago,
.SU domain zone was signed, and Russia's Cyrillic domain, .РФ, has been DNSSEC
signed since October 29, 2012.
During the event, the KSK keys were generated (the key signing keys are used only to sign keys contained in a zone). Four crypto-officers will ensure the security and safety of the key: Maria Kolesnikova and George Georgievsky (the Coordination Center), and Igor Lidin and Alexander Shcherbakov (the Technical Center of Internet). Crypto-operators Valery Temnikov and Nikolay Labaznikov, domain zone administrators Pyotr Andreev and Dmitry Kovalenko, register administrators Vasily Funtikov and Andrey Kirillin, as well as two observers Robert Gledenov and Sergey Fedotov, took part in the ceremony. The key is generated in a console mode, and kept on a device that is not connected to any network.
After every crypto-officer has received their part of the complex password, the devices containing parts of the password were placed in special safety containers and sealed. This way, the access to any manipulations with the KSK key is only possible with all crypto-officers present. Also, a reserve copy of the key is kept on a sealed computer as well; this device is kept in one of the TCI's datacenters in Russia. The open part of the key is public and available to everyone in the Internet community.
"In the nearest future, the largest Russian domain zone, .RU, will see DNSSEC fully deployed, allowing additional security options for website owners. This is a very important step for us as this December, the DNSSEC will be effective in both Russia's national domains, .RU and .РФ, as well as in .SU. We hope that Russian Internet community will use the new capabilities actively, as it is essential to join our efforts in building the trust chains, making the Internet safer", says Elena Voronina, chief technical officer at TCI.
Price for .ee (Estonia) domains to be reduced by 11.8% in 2013
The Supervisory Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation
has decided to reduce the .ee domain price by 11.8% (to EUR 15) in 2013. The
amendment to the Domain Regulation extending available domain registration
periods to 2 and 3 years has also been approved.
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“The budget of our foundation for the year 2013 takes into account the reduction of the domain price from EUR 17 to EUR 15. Currently 1,000 domain names are registered per month on average. We estimate that registration of about 88% of all domains will be extended in 2012. Our strategic objective is to further increase the domain quantity, thus enabling us to reduce the fee again and substantially,” stated Heiki Sibul, Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation.
2013 will also see the prolongation of the maximum domain registration periods to 2 and 3 years instead of the current maximum time of one year. The domain price will be, accordingly, EUR 15, 29 and 42.
“We are witnessing considerable demand for longer domain registration periods, hence we expect this change to boost the domain numbers. The advantageous rates for longer domain registration periods are another illustration of our commitment to price reduction,” Sibul added.
The changes will come into force on 1 March 2013.
The domain registration fee is the fee that registrars are to pay the Estonian Internet Foundation. The cost for the end user who wishes to register a domain is subject to the particular registrar’s pricing policy in the context of free market competition. The fee is subject to VAT.
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.SE co-hosts international conference on internet freedom
On 22–23 May 2013 .SE is organising the second Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development (SIF13) together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sida. The first Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF12) was held in April this year.
During two days, a broad spectrum of international participants, including representatives of governments, stakeholder organisations and the business sector as well as researchers and internet activists, will gather in Sweden to discuss freedom and security on the internet and the importance of an open and free internet for global development.
”The fundamental reasons why .SE is involved in internet freedom is our view of the opportunities an open and free internet provides to both individuals and society. It particularly stimulates innovation and economic growth and supports democracy and freedom of expression,” says Danny Aerts, CEO of .SE.
CENTR Monthly Roundup - November 2012
The latest Monthly Roundup newsletter is available for download below.
In this months edition:
- Member 185
- DNSSEC and Government Survey Summary
- IGF Joint workshop summary
Domainwire Stat Report Available
Twice a year, CENTR produces its Domainwire Stat report which is a broad level publication covering statistics on ccTLDs and gTLDs globally with a focus on European ccTLDs. The second edition for 2012 is now available with the following key statistics;
- ccTLD/gTLD global breakdown
- Top 20 largest ccTLD list
- Market Share and penetration rates in Europe
- Growth of European ccTLDs
- World Internet Usage and penetration rates