Battle brews over the .nu domain

Battle brews over the .nu domain
PC World in New Zealand discusses a dispute between the Niue government and William Semich who applied for and obtained the rights to operate the .nu ccTLD. Niue’s government say its domain was stolen with Niue’s travelling ambassador of Niue describing the process as “digital colonialism. The domain is not used by our nation, and it hasn’t given us anything, except for an internet connection. Also, Niue gets the blame for all the bad things done from .nu domains.” Back in 1997 the Niue government was told “that the internet was nothing to bother about”. And on top of this, “nu” means “now” in Sweden leading to the ccTLD being popular there. So now Niue wants their ccTLD back viewing it as a valuable source of income that would lead to “Better schools, better health care, better infrastructure and improvements in tourism. That’s what it would bring – economic independence. To us, this is a huge issue.”
http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/feature/34326848DADB5465CC2572A5007821E3

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