Could .de consider gov.de 2nd level domains?

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A German PhD student visiting Australia will recommend in his thesis that the German government and Denic to consider introducing the gov.de second level domain for domain names registered by government agencies to give consumers the security to know they are on a government website.

Martin Backes, from the Institute of Law and Informatics in Saarbrucken, told a seminar at the University of NSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre last week the lack of a sub-level domain structure devoted to government in Germany has created a highly competitive environment rife with disputes according to a recent report in CIO.

“Australia has a more systematic and structured system,” Backes told the seminar according to the CIO report. “You have it easier because you have not so much competition; you have not so many disputes. And the government has a very safe way to show their contents because you have this .gov.au domain, and if you would like to register for this domain, you have to follow the guidelines, you have to be a government body, and so on.

“In my thesis I suggest that we introduce a .gov.de sub-level domain to the domain system because it will be easier for citizens to see and to trust these Web sites, and they wouldn’t have to search so long for the Web sites,” Backes continued.

Backes’ presentation (slides only), The registration under the .de TLD from an eGovernment view: Can Germany learn from Australia? is available here.

The read the full CIO article, see www.cio.com.au/index.php/id;343691454.