The number of .CN domain name registrations have slipped by over one million in the two months to 30 June according to statistics published on the China Internet Network Information Center’s (CNNIC) website this week.
The latest figure is 7,246,686 compared to 8,254,681 at the end of April. CNNIC, unlike many registries, often posts registration figures several months late. Others such as DENIC (.DE) and Nominet (.UK) have real time statistics.
The dramatic reductions are the result of the end of promotions that lasted for much of 2008 and 2009 where domain names could be registered for a few cents and the introduction of restrictions on registrants.
The latest figures mean .CN is still is the third highest ranked ccTLD behind .DE with 13,765,490 registrations as of 7 August and 8,654,260 for .UK (United Kingdom). .NL (Netherlands) is fourth with 3,981,555 registrations while .EU (European Union) is fifth with 3,227,644 registrations.
To register your domain name for any of the above ccTLDs, or any other, check out Europe Registry here.
Nominet has begun the non-executive director election process and posted papers for its papers for their Annual General Meeting to be held on 6 July.
Writing in The Register, Kieren McCarthy says there are seven candidates for two positions, âbut despite efforts to revitalise the organisation after several years of infighting, voters will be disappointed to see a cast of the usual suspects on the ballot. Five of the seven candidates were members of Nominet’s recently wound-up Policy Advisory Body (PAB) â whose insider culture eventually caused it to implode.â
McCarthy examines the background to the candidates and looks at some of the issues that have come up involving candidates.
To read his report, see:
For information on the upcoming Annual General Meeting 2010 from Nominet, see:
To register your .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.
Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has welcomed a recent report that found more than three-quarters (77%) of all Whois records for five of the generic Top Level Domains (.COM, .ORG, .NET, .INFO and .BIZ) are filled with at least partially inaccurate information. Continue reading Britain's SOCA Wants ICANN to Improve Whois Data Accuracy
Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has welcomed a recent report that found more than three-quarters (77%) of all Whois records for five of the generic Top Level Domains (.COM, .ORG, .NET, .INFO and .BIZ) are filled with at least partially inaccurate information.The survey by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) for ICANN also found that while only 23 per cent of Whois data provided for domain name registration was fully accurate, around twice as many (46%) met a slightly relaxed version of the criteria tested meaning that successful contact could be made with the registrant.Now it is “ridiculously easy” to register a domain name under false details, said Paul Hoare, senior manager and head of e-crime operations for SOCA, told the e-Crime Congress 2010 in London.”Rather than responding to malicious domains, we should be making it harder for them to register in the first place,” said Hoare.SOCA’s e-Crime unit, with the support of the FBI and wider law enforcement community, has engaged with ICANN over the past 18 months to address issues around the inaccuracy of Whois data. SOCA has identified deficiencies in domain registration processes that they say are exploited by organised crime to mount major attacks on industry and individuals.Suggested amendments to ICANN’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement, submitted by SOCA and the FBI in order to resolve many of these issues, are supported by Interpol and the G8 cyber working group. These amendments were submitted at the ICANN conference in Seoul in October 2009 to the Government Advisory Committee, ICANN board and the ICANN Community for formal consideration.