Last week saw EURid hosting the 2021 .eu Web Awards Gala event in Taormina, Italy, where the finest .eu websites were recognised. In total there were seven winners and one special commendation.
Over $148,000 has been donated to LGBTQ Community Beneficiaries GLAAD and CenterLink from .gay domain name registration revenue, according to the .gay Impact Report released this week. The registry, Top Level Design, donates 20% of all .gay registration revenue to the LGBTQ organisations.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the European Commission has asked EURid, the .eu registry, to continue monitoring new .eu domain name registrations using their APEWS – Advanced Prevention and Early Warning System – platform for Covid-related keywords until 31 December 2021. The initial measures for these checks were set in early April 2020 in order to protect end-users from possible misuse of domain names.
EURid might just be the greenest of all top-level domain registries. The .eu registry published its 2020 Carbon Footprint report Tuesday shows their steps to an even greener future based on the objective set within the EMAS framework.
British .eu registrants have been given a final reminder that unless they update their registration details to an eligible address by 30 June 2021, their domain names will be “withdrawn” on 1 July 2021. The only exception is for those .eu registrants within the UK who are citizens of the European Union or the wider European Economic Area.
The European Union’s top-level domain .eu turned 15 this week, celebrating entering adolescence Wednesday.
On 1 January 2021 over 81,000 British-based .eu registrants found their domain names had become “suspended”, meaning their domain names would not resolve to websites and emails would not transmit. The reason was that at the end of the Brexit “transition period” on 31 December, they were ineligible to hold or register .eu domains. To comply, individuals had to prove they were a citizen of the European Union or the larger European Economic Area, an EU citizen no matter where they lived in the world or for businesses, be a legally established entity in the EU or EEA.
Not many top-level domain registries publish surveys on how their domain names are being used, but EURid this week did with some interesting findings, like just over half (51.84%) of the 150,000 .eu domain names survey have websites with rich content, 81% of domains with MX records are active and 82.5% are connected to a web server.
Security on the web is crucial when building a European initiative for a Human Internet that respects key values such as privacy, participation and diversity. With that in mind, EURid, the .eu registry, is hosting a virtual roundtable on 3 February to discuss the security framework that is needed for the Next Generation Internet.