The 38th ICANN meeting currently underway has seen both the Public Interest Registry and EURid both announce separately they will be deploying Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) for the .ORG and .EU top level domains respectively. The move will see increased security for visitors to websites for the two TLDs.In a press conference held today, the Public Interest Registry said they are the first large TLD (with over eight million registrations) to implement DNSSEC. The first domain name to be signed with DNSSEC was isoc.org.Meanwhile on Monday EURid announced it has deployed DNSSEC.As EURid explained, DNSSEC is a protocol that verifies and validates name server responses from the bottom up through a chain of trust, thereby making the domain name system more secure. It can prevent hackers from intercepting web traffic and redirecting it to fake websites that can trick people into supplying personal information, such as a counterfeit Internet banking site that looks like the real thing.”At this time, few top-level domain registries support DNSSEC, but we encourage all in the community to help Internet users by embracing this protocol,” comments Marc Van Wesemael, EURid’s General Manager. He also noted that the DNSSEC protocol is an important achievement for EURid, which is constantly striving to improve the security of the domain names it administers.DNSSEC though does not come cheap, but there are many benefits to consumers. DNSSEC will enable consumers to be certain they are visiting a legitimate site, something that is especially important for banks and even charities who have found there are people who will register domain names and establish websites to take donations, especially in the case of disasters as they happen around the world.As Alexa Raad, CEO of .ORG, said at the ICANN meeting, being an early pioneer means it was more expensive to deploy DNSSEC, something she described as” not inexpensive”.Raad said DNSSEC deployments for .ORG will see registrars able to ensure safer access to websites with three registrars making DNSSEC available to their customers and another twelve in the pipeline.”Motivation for doing this is to lead the industry and it need not be a utopian vision,” said Raad but she also noted that it is not something that is likely to make a profit for .ORG.At the .ORG news conference was Steve Crocker, Co-Chair of ICANN’s DNNSEC Deployment Initiative. He said that it took 18 or 19 years to develop DNSSEC, “a lot longer than expected”. But it was something that had huge support and cooperation among industry players, something Dan Kaminsky described as being amazing.Looking to the future with new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) likely to be announced in the next one to years, the question of cost arose. But costs should fall significantly as the new technology is deployed and it is likely DNSSEC -of-the-box programmes will be developed to help existing and new registry operators implement DNSSEC. This will see costs reduce rapidly as the “technology is not inherently expensive” noted Crocker. The major costs have been in the development of the technology.To register your .EU or .ORG domain name, check out EuroDNS or Europe Registry.
Benefits of having a .EU domain name were the focus of a dinner held in Brussels last week with five European companies explaining how the .eu domain has helped them develop their image and create new business opportunities in front of an audience that included Neelie Kroes, the European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda.In her speech, Ms Kroes commented on the importance of .EU in forging a European online presence, particularly for small businesses. “With more than 3.2 million registrations to date, .EU shows there is a real appetite for a European identity on the web. And that we need to continue developing it – even more so, perhaps, at a time of economic recovery – as a success story of our European project”.European businesses that demonstrated the benefits of a .EU domain were Blacknight (Ireland), Dinamo Riga (Latvia), DMC Group (Germany), Kenlube (Slovakia) and Zazou (Netherlands). The companies explained to MEPs and guests, through a series of videos, why having a .EU domain name makes marketing and financial sense.The importance of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to Europe’s prosperity and their importance in helping the EU achieve its goals of speeding up economic recovery and increasing competitiveness was discussed at the meeting. In order to position themselves in the market and thrive, European SMEs must have an efficient web strategy, which means choosing a domain name that can be leveraged to promote their goods and services.EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names, manages the .eu Internet domain under contract with the European Commission. EURid General Manager Marc van Wesemael stated: “The open borders within the European Union and the growth in online commerce have created enormous opportunities, particularly for SMEs. We are proud to manage .EU which has become a trusted and valued top-level domain name for small firms.”Dinner host, Malcolm Harbour, MEP, Chairman of the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament, added: “The European Parliament is happy to support the European online identity .EU and has been greatly involved in the project from the very beginning. European businesses and especially SMEs recognise the value of using an established, well-managed and secure top-level domain. Sharing such best practices can only help the Internet grow in terms of both safety and quality for future generations.”In her keynote speech, Kroes also mentioned how it is important for .EU to reflect Europe, and that the recent addition of internationalised .EU domain names was part of this.”For European individuals too, ‘.EU’ provides an opportunity to express their European identity,” said Ms Kroes.”I am proud that EURid has already incorporated Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) under the ‘.EU’ level. It is indeed crucial that Europeans be able to create and access websites named in their own alphabet – i.e. not only in Latin script. This is obviously of most interest to users of Greek and Cyrillic script, but it also includes for example the use in German of the Umlaut. You would be surprised to see how much people – here and indeed on every continent – feel alienated by not being able to use all features of their language and culture on the internet. It is therefore highly symbolic that we make this sign of openness available also at the ‘.EU’ level itself. And I will raise this point with ICANN when I meet them later this month.”So ‘.EU’ must reflect our identity, including our cultural and linguistic diversity. Yet to be attractive, it must equally be a safe and secure domain name.”To read Ms Kroes’ speech in full, see europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/10/283.To register your .EU domain name, check out Europe Registry here.
[news release] 81% of Europeans know what a domain name is and more than half have heard of .eu, according to the results of new market research. In addition, .eu is perceived as being innovative and trustworthy when compared to other top-level domains (TLDs). These findings were published today as part of a brand and adoption study commissioned by EURid, the registry of the .eu top-level domain.
Further findings show that:
- 17% of Europeans have a domain name, while 15% plan to register a domain name within the next year.
- Of that 15%, a quarter would prefer to register a .eu domain name.
The study, conducted by independent research agency Insites Consulting, ran between December 2009 and January 2010. It aimed to explore the characteristics of .eu as a brand, determine the degree to which the European Internet population is aware of domain names in general, and .eu in particular, and gain insight into the European domain name and Internet markets.
Data was gathered via an email survey across all 27 EU Member States and online discussion groups in Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
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Ãrzte.eu was the first.EU internationalised domain name (IDN) registered when .EU IDNs became available on 10 December. During the first hour alone 38,172 IDNs were registered.
“The significant number of registered names during the first hour shows how important it is for people across Europe to be able to access and use the internet in their own languages” said EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.
The availability of .EU IDNs meant that for the first time, residents of the European Union can register a .EU domain name that uses characters from the whole Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets; for example the Polish Å, the Spanish Ã±, the Danish Ã¸, the French Ã©, the Bulgarian Ð» and the Greek Î¸.
Below is a list of the first ten .EU IDNs registered and the countries from which most registrants came for the first hour.
First 10 IDNs registered
Which countries registered the most IDNs in the first hour?
2. Czech republic
7. Great Britain
To register your .EU domain name, check out Europe Registry here.
The first sunrise period for the registration of the new european domains has come to a provisional end. From 7th December 2005 till 6th February 2006 a large number of applications have been filed to EURid. This institution was installed by the European Union and is acting as the registration agency for the .eu-domain-names.Â All applicants must now prove their priority rights (e.g. trademarks) on which the registration was based on within a strict deadline of 40 days.
The registration rules include an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the case of complaints being filed against a decision made by PricewaterhouseCoopers or EURid or a complaint against the use of a domain-name by a third party. The ADR procedures implement that an independent arbitration tribunal will examine whether domain-names were appointed according to the registration rules and no third party rights were restricted.