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As Global Pandemic Takes Hold, Domain Registrations Continue Rise To 370 Million At End Q2: Verisign

The second quarter of 2020 saw global domain name registrations continue to rise, with an increase of 3.3 million, or 0.9%. This took total registrations around the world to 370.1 million as the global COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc.

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Over Half .DE Domains Registered In Three States: DENIC

Over half (53%) of all .de domain names were registered in three German states – North Rhine-Westphalia (22%), Bavaria (18%) and Baden-Württemberg (13%) – at the end of 2019, according to the latest statistical analysis of .de domain names by Germany’s ccTLD manager DENIC.

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Domain Pulse 2020 Conference Going to Innsbruck To Gaze Into A Crystal Ball [updated]

The annual free domain name conference of the German-speaking world, Domain Pulse, is heading to the North Tyrolean Alps city of Innsbruck in Austria in February 2020 with the organisers looking towards the future, asking attendees to “gaze into the crystal ball together” with them.

Day 1 is dedicated to the question of what future will bring in terms of technology, internet governance and the world of work – and where the forecasts come from! On the second day, we will highlight the issue of risk – how much are we prepared to take in our personal lives, careers and as a society? And at what price?

The presentations will focus on the future of internet governance, the talents of tomorrow, does the domain name system tell us anything about the future, artificial intelligence, looking forward with 5G and its challenges in particular relating to surveillance and citizen’s rights and what should ccTLD registries expect in the future.

This year’s Domain Pulse conference (which is not related to the DomainPulse.com domain name news site) will be held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February. In 2020 the conference is organised by the Austrian ccTLD manager nic.at, with the conference rotating to be hosted by DENIC in 2021 in Germany, then by SWITCH in Switzerland in 2022.

For presentations in German, there will be a simultaneous translation service into English, but not for presentations in English into German. However given that networking is as important as the conference topics, it can still be extremely worthwhile to attend.

To register, book hotels, check out the agenda and find out more information in general, go to: domainpulse.at/dp2020. There are plenty of trains passing through Innsbruck and a number of airlines fly to Innsbruck. Conference hotels start at €120 per night, plus there’s the always wonderful Thursday evening event.

UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect a misunderstanding regarding translations. There will be translations of presentations into English from German, but not for German presentations into English. The original version of this article said there would be no translations.

DENIC Makes Available Software Tool for High-Performance Measurement to Internet Community

DENIC has developed a software tool for performance measurement of DNS servers and has now handed it over to DNS OARC, a platform for DNS developers and DNS operators.

According to a post linked from the DENIC announcement on Medium by the Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS OARC) team, the tool was developed by Patrick Fedick at DENIC eG, the registry for Germany’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD), one of DENIC’s software testers with a strong DNS background and experience with performance testing.

Key features of dnsmeter as outlined in the DNS OARC post are:

  • payload can be given as text file or PCAP file
  • can automatically run different load steps, which can be given as list
    or ranges
  • results per load step can be stored in a CSV file
  • sender address can be spoofed from a given network or from PCAP file,
    if payload is a PCAP file
  • answers are counted, even if source address is spoofed, if answers get
    routed back to the load generator
  • round-trip-times are measured (average, min, mix)
  • amount of DNSSEC queries can be given as a percentage of total traffic
  • optimized for a high quantity of packets by pre-compiling the payload,
    on an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5–2430 v2 @ 2.50GHz, it can generate more than 900,000 packets per second
  • runs on Linux and FreeBSD

The DNSmeter is now available to be used as open source.
For more details please go to medium.com/@dnsoarc/dnsmeter-53eec8e82e51.

DENIC Issues Invitation to ccTLDs For ID4me Authority Workshop on 17 October in Madrid

DENIC ID logo

DENIC is inviting interested ccTLDs to an ID4me Authority Workshop on 17 October – the day before this year’s ID4me Summit – in Madrid.

ID4me is an open and federated standard for digital identity management based on domains. The single sign-on solution was developed with substantial involvement of DENIC, IONOS and Open-Xchange. The new DENIC ID service is a first example of a market-ready solution for implementing the federated approach.

The 5-hour workshop aims at the role of ID Authorities within the ID4me ecosystem and is a perfect opportunity to jointly develop concepts for a collaboration and cooperation between ccTLD registries. It also is an ideal platform to exchange ideas on how registries could benefit from the single sign-on solution, which offers to customers an attractive complementary service for a domain.

Information on DENIC ID, which is based on the open standard ID4me, is available here.

For any questions or for those who want to register, contact DENIC via email : info[at]denic-id[dot]de.

DENIC Wins Domains Award At eco://award 2018 With Data Escrow Service

DENIC, the .de ccTLD manager, has won the Domains category at the 17th annual eco://award held in Cologne’s Wolkenburg on 28 November. DENIC won for their Data Escrow Service – a unique solution for registrars and registries to meet their contractual escrow obligations in accordance with European legal standards. DENIC also made the final 3 in the Domains category with their ID4me, a Single Sign-On solution.

The prize-winning DENIC service offers an unprecedented backup option for domain data in Europe. By choosing DENIC as their escrow provider, European customers comply with their escrow obligations under European law. A combination of computer centres located in Europe as the only place for storing the data and the freedom to choose the place of jurisdiction and arbitration within Europe that make the DENIC Data Escrow Service unique. To become an accredited escrow provider, DENIC successfully passed ICANN’s multi-stage accreditation process.

The accreditation by ICANN authorises DENIC to provide data escrow services for registrars and registry operators of generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). In addition, DENIC is a Designated Escrow Agent for registrars. This means that ICANN-accredited registrars can use DENIC’s escrow services free of charge, financed by ICANN.

“The eco Award confirms that our commitment to creating a strictly European escrow solution for the domain industry provides real added value,” said DENIC COO Andreas Musielak. The marketing of the escrow services is performed by DENIC’s wholly-owned subsidiary DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG, which specialises in optimal customer service.

ID4me, a service from the German country code top level domain manager, was also a finalist in the Domains category. ID4me gives internet users full control over their digital identity and enables them to govern the use of their personal data. Unlike other Single Sign-On solutions, ID4me uses only open standards. DENIC is one of the initiators of ID4me and has made an inaugural contribution to the technical development of the domain-based application.

The other finalist in the Domains category was Hexonet with their Search and Help Me Find My Domain service. The service was developed with a view to reconsider domain name search technology. HEXONET’s new domain search framework is relevance- and speed-based, challenging the traditional search approach. In addition, we have launched a chat-like feature which is fast becoming a preferred interface.

Other winners in the German internet industry awards were KAMP Netzwerkdienste GmbH in the Hosting category for their KAMP Dynamic Hardware Pool. With DHP, companies can operate a secure virtual data centre that, combined with on-site colocation, offers the optimal IT platform for their specific application.

There were 7 categories, with the remaining 5 winners and their categories being:

CATEGORY Cloud:
Consultix GmbH for ProCampaign Lighthouse – the secure Customer Engagement Hub for individualized marketing campaigns, which fully complies with the requirements of the GDPR.

CATEGORY Data Centre Infrastructure:
ColocationIX GmbH for ColocationIX ­– the data centre in the former nuclear shelter with the highest level of digital and physical security and an innovative fire protection and climate control concept.

CATEGORY ISP/Interconnection:
ANEXIA Deutschland GmbH for Backbone Europe – the massive expansion of the European network (n*100G), with the highest level of network quality and best routing.

CATEGORY Security:
Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH for R&S Trusted Gate – combining a Cloud Access Security Broker with a data-centric encryption system to make data more secure in the public cloud.

CATEGORY Innovation/Digital Business Models:
eyeo GmbH for Trusted News – which checks the trustworthiness of information on the Internet, and through which malware, fake news, and clickbait is visible at a glance.

There was also a Special Prize for Tim Cole who was honoured by eco with a special prize for his life’s work. For many years, the German-American author and publicist has immersed himself in topics relating to the Internet, e-business, the social web, and IoT.

“When Internet visionaries were still dismissed as crackpots in the early 1990s, he recognized the potential of the global data network and made a significant contribution to the commercial breakthrough of the Internet in Germany,” explained eco CEO Harald A. Summa in his laudatory speech. Cole has managed “to present technical developments in such a way that people not only understand them, but also – thanks to him – understand the consequences for their own actions and the implications for society.”

DENIC Hives Off Non-Core Activities to New Subsidiary

From 1 November DENIC is hiving off its non-core activities, including DNS Anycast Services, Data Escrow Services and Direct Services Newly Grouped, to a newly formed subsidiary called DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG that will be located in Darmstadt, about 30km south of Frankfurt where Denic eG is located.

The fully owned subsidiary of the German country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager DENIC eG will focus on the provision of technical and administrative services within the Internet ecosystem and take over from DENIC eG a number of existing business lines outside the parent organisation’s core business.

Initially, the new company will take care of Direct Services, and then, step by step, extend to the assumption of DNS Anycast Services and Data Escrow Services as well. The management and operation of Internet domains under the Top-Level Domain .DE will yet fully remain within the responsibility of DENIC eG, which will thus focus more strongly on running and expanding its member business.

DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG will assume the marketing of DNS Anycast Services for Top Level Domain operators and of Data Escrow Services for registrars and registry operators of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs).

For domain name registrants who have not registered their domains through a registrar (DENIC member), but directly with DENIC (DENICdirect), the subsidiary will take over the provision of customer service, starting from November. Notwithstanding, DENIC eG shall remain party to all domain contracts for domains under .DE, including those of direct customers.

For the provision of its services, DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG will make use of DENIC eG‘s technical infrastructure on a fee-paying basis. Clients from DENIC’s DNS Anycast Services, Data Escrow Services or Direct Services will thus be able to continue benefitting from DENIC eG’s technical expertise, whilst customer care then provided by DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG will be tailored even more specifically to customer needs.

The main reason for the new corporate structure is the Cooperative’s core mandate in accordance with DENIC’s Statutes, i. e. managing and operating Internet domains under the Top-Level Domain .DE, which DENIC eG provides together with its members. The new structure will suit these circumstances more appropriately, by clearly separating services that are not covered by DENIC’s Statutes or that are not provided to the members of the Cooperative, and assigning them to the new subsidiary, DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG, established specifically for this purpose.

The changes follow a suggestion from the Executive Board in April 2018 for the General Assembly of DENIC eG to set up a subsidiary, with the aim of transferring the non-member business and the associated complementary business lines into a new, affiliated company. The new company will also be committed to the cooperative values of DENIC eG. Accordingly, part of the new company’s revenue will also go to projects and initiatives that will advance the interests of the overall Internet community.

At the ICANN63 Public Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, this week from 20 to 25 October 2018, DENIC eG and its new subsidiary are exhibiting at a joint stand (Booth TT1).

.DE Reaches 100,000 DNSSEC Domain Names

It’s taken over 6 years, but the 100,000th .de domain name to be signed with DNSSEC was reached last week according to a statement from DENIC.

DENIC has been supporting the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) since 2011. For the first 4 years DNSSEC-signed .de domain names grew slowly, and then around May 2015 there was a sharp rise which has been followed by a steady increase to today’s 100,000. Even though less than 1% of the 16.2 million domain names for Germany’s country code top level domain (ccTLD) are digitally signed, the ongoing growth shows a growing interest in a secure Internet, to which DENIC is constantly committed.

DNSSEC is a security measure that ensures the authenticity and integrity of data in the DNS (Domain Name System). In particular, the security extension serves to protect the content data against modification on the transmission path.

A central component of this security mechanism is the so-called “trust anchor” of the DNS. This anchor that applies for the global DNS and falls within the responsibility of ICANN will be replaced with a new one for the first time on 11 October 2018.

.BR Hits 4 Million Domain Name Registrations

Brazil’s ccTLD manager, NIC.br, announced [Portuguese only] Monday they’ve reached the 4 million registrations mark after ‘more than 25 years of flawless operation’.

There are over 120 second level domains under which .br domain names can be registered from blog.br and wiki.br for individuals to eng.br and adv.br for liberal professionals, tv.br and tur.br for legal persons, rio.br, sampa.br and curitiba.br for cities those reserved for specific purposes such as gov.br, jus.br, b.br and org.br among others. Some of these have as few as 10 registrations, while the largest, com.br has 3,645,125 accounting for 91.2% of all registrations.

According to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, .br is the seventh largest country code top level domain (ccTLD). Verisign already had .br at 4 million domain name registrations at the end of 30 June, probably through rounding, up in this case, to the nearest hundred thousand. China’s ccTLD was the largest with 22.7 million followed by Tokelau’s free .tk (21.5m), Germany’s .de (16.3m), the United Kingdom’s .uk (12.0m), Russia’s .ru (5.9m), the Netherlands’ .nl (5.8m). Following .br is the European Union’s .eu (3.8m), France’s .fr (3.2m) and rounding out the top 10 is Italy’s .it (3.1m).

Revenues from .br registrations allow NIC.br to, in addition to providing and maintaining the infrastructure behind .br, invest in a series of actions and projects that generate benefits and improvements to the internet infrastructure in Brazil. These include the operation of internet traffic exchange points, which promote the interconnection of networks that form the Internet in Brazil, reducing distances and costs; the handling security incidents and tracking internet statistics.

Nic.br notes that other advantages of registering .br domain names include additional security features, such as token and encryption, that strengthen both the accounts of Registro.br users, and their respective domains. There is another recent feature: a redirection feature that lets you point a .br domain to any URL, whether it’s on a website or the preferred channel on social networks, keeping identities and active tags on the Internet permanently. Servers distributed by Brazil and other regions of the world guarantee speed and reliability in the resolution of .br and a team exclusively dedicated to meet and assist users in their doubts complete the description.

After 21 Years, ICANN Going Back to Germany

For the first time in 21 years, ICANN will hold a public meeting in Germany in October 2020 the global domain name overseer announced at its public meeting in Panama last week.

DENIC, the .de ccTLD registry, and eco, the German Association of the Internet Industry will be joint hosts of ICANN’s 69th public meeting to be held in Hamburg from 17 to 22 October 2020. The previous meeting held in Germany was ICANN’s second, held in Berlin in May 1999.

Back in 1999, the meeting details available on the ICANN website reflect an organisation in the making with issues much different from facing it today, although some remain the same such as budgetary issues. Back then issues discussed were the development of many of the committees and groups that are either still in existence today or were in their infancy and have evolved into other bodies.

“After Berlin in 1999, this is the first time in 20 years that we have brought an ICANN conference to Germany,” says Oliver Süme, Chair of the Board of eco – Association of the Internet Industry. “With eco, DENIC, and the City of Hamburg, strong partners from industry and politics have joined to achieve this goal.”

“An open, free, and secure Internet is a strategic priority for DENIC. The commitment of the German Internet Community has been honoured with the decision to bring the ICANN meeting to Hamburg. This will offer a good opportunity to put the German and European perspectives to the table at an even broader level,” says DENIC Board Member Dr. Jörg Schweiger. DENIC operates Germany‘s top-level domain .DE, which currently – with close to 16.3m domains under management – is the second-largest country-targeted namespace on the Internet.

Alongside the country-targeted ones, there are also generic domain suffixes, including – on offer for several years now – ones with a clear regional focus. The City of Hamburg actively supported the registration of the new top-level domain .hamburg, so that, for example, the Hamburg police website can now be reached at www.polizei.hamburg.

The organisers expect around 2,500 to 3,500 attendees to participate in this conference from academia, the tech community, politics, industry, and civil society: “Hamburg is smart and innovative, and is therefore a suitable setting for such an important conference of the international Internet community,” says Hamburg’s Senator of Economic Affairs, Frank Horch.

The hosting partners had submitted their application to ICANN in November 2016, under the coordination of the Hamburg Convention Bureau.