.AU (Australia) joins CENTR as an Associate Member
The CENTR General Assembly held in Brussels last week voted in favour of the application to Associate Membership from the Australian ccTLD (.au) overseen by auDA. CENTR welcomes the arrival of auDA to the community and looks forward to their interaction and contributions.
For more information on Auda, please go to http://www.auda.org.au/
CENTR, the European ccTLD organization, has now 51 Full Members and 10 Associate members all of them managers of one or more Top Level Internet domains. More on CENTR at https://www.centr.org/about .
Successful CENTR 48th General Assembly in Brussels
CENTR, the European ccTLD organization held a successful 3 day meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 3-5 October 2012. A High Level workshop discussed the future of the DNS with and beyond the introduction of new gTLDs. The 48th CENTR General Assembly received updates from the European Commission, ICANN, IANA and ENISA. Highlights were the panel discussion on the future IANA with the European Commission and the NTIA and the discussions on Internet Governance, in particular IGF and WCIT..
CENTR was honored to welcome Mr. Fadi Chehad
Nominet consults on significant developments for the UK internet
- Enhanced security capabilities, including routine monitoring and notification to registrants of viruses and malware, as well as a digital signature known as DNSSEC which minimises the risks of a domain name being hijacked. Under the proposals, domain names affected by malware would be suspended if registrants fail to take action to rectify those issues.
- A verified UK presence requirement for registrants in order to be eligible for the new domains.
- A staged release process for the domains, with registered rights holders’ applications considered in the first phase, then unregistered rights holders. All those using existing .co.uk, .org.uk etc domain names would be granted unregistered rights under the proposed plans.
- The new domains would potentially be sold via registrars that can meet the required data quality and service levels.
For more information
CENTR Monthly Roundup September 2012
The latest CENTR Monthly Roundup is now available.
This edition (September 2012)
- Member 185
- Survey Summary on Whois and Registration Query limiting
- CENTR statistics
- Article: "Will .SE shutdown the piratebay.se?"
- Upcoming Events
Consultation on new .uk domain name service
Nominet is launching a consultation on the potential introduction of a new service, which if approved would signal a significant change for the .uk domain name space. The proposed new service, called direct.uk, is aimed at businesses and would potentially offer shorter domain names registered at the second level (i.e. www.yourbusiness.uk) as well as one of the most comprehensive package of security features available.
Heiki Sibul appointed new director of Estonian Internet Foundation
Taking up the post of director of the Estonian Internet Foundation (EIF) on 25 September will be Heiki Sibul. Marika Priske, the chairman of the supervisory board of the EIF, says that Sibul is a highly experienced manager under whose aegis Estonia became the first country in the world to launch e-voting. “It’s very important that we make the most of Heiki’s unique skills in system structuring to maintain the reputation for reliability that the Estonian domain name has,” she said.
Sibul says that he is hoping to represent the Estonian Internet community in the best way possible through open cooperation. “What I’m aiming to achieve is an Estonian Internet that’s stable and secure and to contribute to defending Internet freedom,” he said.
“As one of the founders of the EIF, the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications is really pleased that such an experienced manager will be taking the reins,” said association president Taavi Kotka. “We have high expectations of him! We hope to shortly see a specific plan outlining the steps the EIF will take to become an open organisation that will work with all of the members of the Estonian Internet community.”
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Internet Festival 2012 Pisa, Italy- "Forms of the Future"
From 4 to 7 October, Pisa will be hosting the Internet Festival, an event to discover and explore the trends and future developments of the Net. The theme for 2012 is "Forms of the Future" which focuses on a full program of events and meetings through which to investigate how the Internet has been reshaping the social, cultural and economic landscape of the world.
The festival is free to the public, and is being promoted by the Tuscan Regional Administration, the Municipal Council of Pisa, the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Italian Registry and Institute for Informatics and Telematics of the CNR, with the Chamber of Commerce of Pisa, the Provincial Administration of Pisa, the University of Pisa, the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, the Scuola Normale Superiore, and the Association Festival of Science.
The Festival has three underlying themes: Internet for Citizens (I4C) which focuses on digital democracy, Internet for Makers (I4M) on business and the economy, and Internet for Tellers (I4T) on the web as a vehicle of expression and opinion. Then there are the TTours, workshops for students of primary, secondary and high schools on topics ranging from programming and problem solving, creating apps, designing ebooks, and Internet security. Finally, IF Events: events of popular and cultural scientific thought for a diverse audience, with various means of interaction.
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CZ.NIC Unveils a New Logo and .CZ Brand
The CZ.NIC Association, maintainer of the Czech national domain, today launched its new logo and with it the .CZ brand (PDF). This was the first step in a gradual transformation of the visual identity of the entire Association that will take place over the coming months. The new design will be used, among others, for the logos of the individual CZ.NIC departments and projects (such as the CZ.NIC Laboratories) and the www.nic.cz website. The new .CZ brand should primarily help registrars who promote the Czech national domain among their end customers. The CZ.NIC Association last changed its logo when it migrated to the new registration system FRED. This occurred at the beginning of October 2007, almost exactly five years ago. Currently, the CZ.NIC Association registers over 980,000 domains with the Czech national suffix.
Autumn issue of .eu Identity available
This issue includes practical tips about complying with the
European Union’s Cookie Directive and useful advice from expert Samuel Colak on
whether apps are suitable for your business.
.eu websites are used by inspiring companies. The magazine features the German motor racing team InterNetX-Reiter and their behind-the-scenes support from web hosting and public relations companies that all use .eu for their web presence. It is not only small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the frame as .eu websites from some of Europe’s best-known companies and biggest brands are also showcased.