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CIRA to engage Canadians on the role of the Internet in their lives

CIRA logo[news release] In November 2010, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will host a series of consultations across Canada on how Canadians view the role of the Internet in their lives and the economy.

CIRA is working with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Media Awareness Network (MNet) to coordinate consultations in six locations across the country as part of a Canadian Internet forum. These consultations are part of an initiative to discuss, debate and propose directions for the development, deployment and governance of the Internet in Canada.

The process will culminate in a national event in Ottawa in early 2011 where the results of the consultations will be presented and discussed. The result will be a white paper for presentation to the international Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a United Nations entity where nations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations convene to discuss Internet-related issues.

“A Canadian Internet forum will really allow us to take the pulse of Canadians with regard to how the Internet is run in Canada and around the world,” said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA. “By taking a broad-based, multi-sectoral approach, we will be able to chart the future of the Internet in Canada for years to come.”

Through the month of November, CIRA will engage stakeholders in Winnipeg, Halifax, Iqaluit, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, each focused on one of two broad themes:

1. Economic Development: includes issues of broadband access and speed, cyber-crime, security, innovation, and competitiveness.

2. Digital Literacy: includes privacy, trust/identity, social media, social cohesion, and ethics.

These thematic areas were identified in a national survey conducted by CIRA in 2009.

Participation in the consultations is by invitation, and will include community leaders and knowledge holders, representatives from non-governmental organizations, academia, governments, and the private sector. The national event will be open to members of the public who have an interest in steering the direction of the Internet in Canada.


About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the organization that manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community and represents the .CA registry internationally.

This CIRA news release was sourced from:

America Registry logoTo register your .CA domain name, check out America Registry here.

Canadian Registry Sued After Denying Registrar Recertification

CIRA logoThe Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is being sued for C$10 million by a former registrar whom it denied recertification.

The registrar, Brandon Gray Internet Services Inc, had its licence terminated on 10 September, according to a court document, reports ITBusiness.ca. “In the statement of claim, Brandon Gray says CIRA provided no reason for the termination and asks for damages for breach of contract and harm to its business reputation.”

According to the report, the registrar was denied recertification for a process CIRA refers to as “domain slamming”. “The Markham, Ont.-based registrar includes the Domain Registry of Canada (DROC) amongst its 25 resellers. Many dot-ca domain holders have received solicitations from the DROC, offering to renew their registration and take over as hosting provider. Complaints presented CIRA in its court document claim the advertisements closely resemble invoices, and other registrars have warned their customers about the mailings.”

To read the ITBusiness.ca report in full, see:

America Registry logoTo register your .CA domain name, check out America Registry here.

CIRA Redesigns .CA Registry System for Improved Customer Experience

CIRA logo[news release] On October 12, 2010, it will become easier for Canadians to register and maintain their .CA domain names. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is redesigning its domain name registration system, the system that enables Registrars – the companies that register domain names – to communicate with the .CA registry database.  This will effectively update and simplify every aspect of the registry from its technological processes to its policies and business practices.

In the largest single project undertaken in its history, CIRA will be replacing its current registry system with the industry standard EPP-based system. The rewrite is the result of nearly two years work and has involved almost all of CIRA’s employees.

“For 10 years, Canadians have come to rely on the .CA domain for its usability and reliability. As we approach 1.5 million .CA domain names registered, we knew it was imperative to investment in our systems, people, processes, and technical infrastructure,” said Byron Holland, CIRA’s President and CEO. “The new EPP-based system is really the de facto industry standard – its quality is known – and will allow us to maintain the safety and security of the system. We are also able to simplify many of the processes Canadians have to go through to register and maintain their .CA domain names.”

With the new system and policies, CIRA is effectively able to remove itself from many day-to-day transactions. Most transactions will be handled solely by CIRA certified Registrars. To ensure Registrants, the people and organizations who hold .CA domain names, continue to receive a high level of customer service, CIRA has introduced a mandatory technical and policy accreditation process for Registrars.

“We’ve heard from Canadians that some of our processes are complicated as compared to other registries and we’ve listened. We’ve streamlined our most common transactions, greatly enhancing the experience customers will have starting October 12,” said Holland. “We’re also beefing up support to our partners, the companies that service .CA customers on a regular basis. That way, the entire process of getting and maintaining a .CA domain name will be among the most efficient in the world.”

More information about the .CA registry rewrite and how it will affect .CA domain names holders is available at cira.ca/ca-faq-10-12/.

This CIRA announcement was sourced from:

America Registry logo To register your .CA domain name, check out America Registry here.

DENIC, JPRS, CIRA & Others Support Development of Open Source Name Server Software BIND10

DENIC, JPRS and CIRA, the registries for Germany (.de) , Japan (.jp) and Canada (.ca) respectively, among others have each signed contracts with the Internet Systems Consortium agreeing to substantially contribute to the development of BIND10. Continue reading DENIC, JPRS, CIRA & Others Support Development of Open Source Name Server Software BIND10

Privacy Opitions for .Ca domain names

Before today you would register your .CA domain name then be asked for information which would be displayed in the whois information. CIRA the authority on .CA (Canadian) domain names has changed there policy so having the information displayed in the whois is optional.

Prior to this policy change, through a simple WHOIS command, anyone could get extensive details on the identity of any Canadian who personally registered a .ca website. For example, say you were a Canadian guy who had a great love for frying pans, and you registered the website www.fryinpans.ca. You’d be required to submit your personal information in order to register the site, and than anyone WHOIS’d www.fryinpans.ca would learn your home address, personal phone and fax number, full name, and personal email address. Needless to say, the easy access to this much personal information is open to abuse. Identity theft and spam come to mind.