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Popular New Zealand Domain Expert Elected As ccNSO Councillor

One of New Zealand’s most well-known people on the international domain name circuit, Keith Davidson, has added another string to his bow by his appointment to a key position within ICANN, being elected unopposed as a Councillor on ICANN’s ccNSO Council (the Country Code Names Supporting Organisation). Davidson’s new role is as one of the three people representing the country code top level domains in the Asia Pacific region.Davidson also boosts the strong New Zealand contingent on ICANN issues that includes ICANN Chair Peter Dengate Thrush. Davidson replaces Chris Disspain from Australia who was recently elected to the ICANN board.His seat on the ccNSO complements his existing international positions as Chair of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) and as one of the three Officers for the Advisory Council of The Internet Society (ISOC). All organisational members of ISOC belong to the Advisory Council, and the Officers are elected to liaise between the organisational membership and the ISOC Board and senior staff.InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says Keith’s appointment to the ccNSO underscores InternetNZ’s sphere of influence globally and continues the trend of New Zealanders succeeding in international Internet governance roles.”Global relationships are a key part of our work and a significant effort we undertake on behalf of the New Zealand Internet community. Ensuring that the right New Zealanders are engaging with the right international people is essential for delivering on our vision of an open and uncaptureable Internet.”Keith is an incredibly successful advocate for InternetNZ and New Zealand. We are delighted with his appointment to the ccNSO. His appointment is another example of the respect that Kiwis are earning for their contribution to various international organisations responsible for the Internet globally.”Vikram Kumar says former and current InternetNZ people have played an active and influential role at ICANN for many years. ICANN is chaired by another former InternetNZ President, Peter Dengate Thrush, and InternetNZ Fellow Andy Linton is one of only seven ‘crypto officers’, responsible in part for safeguarding the global Internet’s DNSSEC security key. Andy Linton has also recently been elected as co-chair of the Policy Special Interest Group of APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, one of five regional registries charged with ensuring the fair distribution and responsible management of IP addresses and related resources).”While there is no one person or organisation in control of the global Internet, there are a number of NGOs that take responsibility for developing policy, standards and ensuring there is a consensus on technical matters,” says Vikram Kumar.”It is important that InternetNZ continue taking an active part at such fora, representing the New Zealand Internet community and contributing to discussions that will impact on the future expansion and evolution of the Internet.”

.AU/.NZ and .INFO Best Practice Awards Open

The registries for .AU (Australia) and .NZ (New Zealand), auDA and InternetNZ, have announced their Best Practice Awards for 2010 while .INFO registry Afilias has opened its fourth annual .INFO Awards programme.

The 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards recognise organisations, businesses, groups and individuals that have made significant contributions towards the security openness, diversity and accessibility of the internet.

The awards are based on the four main themes of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF) with this year’s categories being:

  • Best Security Initiative – Initiatives that are at the forefront of developing solutions to security threats, building trust and confidence in the online environment
  • Best Openness Initiative – Initiatives that enable Internet users to benefit from increased access to online materials, knowledge or information
  • Best Access Initiative – Initiatives that aim to combat the digital divide, facilitating access for groups such as the elderly, disabled or socially disadvantaged
  • Best Diversity Initiative – Initiatives that encourage expressions of cultural diversity and identity, including the promotion of multilingualism and indigenous cultures online
  • Best Youth Initiative – A project led by an Australian or New Zealander who is under the age of 28 on 20 August 2010 and is eligible for entry under the four main categories.

Winners may also be showcased at Regional and International Internet Governance Forums as examples of Australian and New Zealand best practice.

The .INFO awards are into their fourth year and recognise the best .INFO websites around the world. From August 9th to September 10th any .INFO domain owner may submit their website to the .INFO Awards for a chance to win honours as the “Best .INFO website of 2010.”

“.INFO is an intuitive domain name choice for anyone looking to share their information with the world,” said Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer for Afilias. “.INFO has been the most successful new TLD ever launched, as evidenced by the millions of sites now operating worldwide. The .INFO Awards program not only gives us the opportunity to highlight the best .INFO sites from around the world, but also to allow Internet users to voice their support for their favourite ones.”

The winners of the 2010 .INFO Awards will be awarded the following cash prizes:

  • 1st Prize: US$7500
  • 2nd Prize: US$5000
  • 3rd Prize: US$3000.

For information on how to enter the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Award, terms and conditions and details of previous winners see bestpracticeawards.org.au. Entries for the Awards close on 30 August 2010.

Information on the .INFO Awards is available at info-award.info.

.NZ Domains Wholesale Price Slashed by 16%

InternetNZ logoInternetNZ have announced they will be slashing the wholesale price for .NZ domain names by 16 per cent as of 1 July 2010.

At its meeting last Friday the InternetNZ Council committed to a reduction in the wholesale fee for .NZ domain name to $1.25 per month, down from $1.50 per month. This reduces the annual fee from $18 to $15 per domain.

The new wholesale fee as charged to authorised .NZ registrars will apply from 1 July 2010.

InternetNZ President Frank March says while there is no obligation on registrars to pass on the wholesale fee reduction to customers, he expects that many will and therefore maintain the competitiveness of the .NZ registrar market.

“While InternetNZ funds its charitable activities from the domain name fees we take very seriously our ongoing commitment to a stable and reducing fee and it is pleasing that we have been able to achieve a fee reduction in these uncertain economic times,” he says.

The wholesale fee is reviewed annually by the independent regulator, Domain Name Commission Limited and .NZ Registry Services, the independent registry operator, both wholly owned subsidiaries of InternetNZ. The fee was last reduced in July 2007 and before that in July 2004.

Asia Registry logoTo register your .NZ domain name, check out Asia Registry here.

IPv6 Taskforce Trust formed in New Zealand

InternetNZ logoThe New Zealand IPv6 Taskforce has been registered as a Trust and charitable entity says the latest edition of The Browser, the monthly newsletter from InternetNZ, who manages .NZ as part of their duties.

The purpose of the Trust is to promote and support forums in New Zealand for education and sharing of knowledge about IPv6 and its adoption.

In other IPv6 news, The Broswer notes APNIC recently announced there are less than 10 percent of IPv4 addresses left available, and the activity of IPv6 taskforces globally is ramping up in response.

In New Zealand, the IPv6 Taskforce is focusing on helping different industry sectors, including health, education and government, to develop roadmaps for IPv6 adoption.

Planning is also underway for another New Zealand IPv6 event, to be held this year, and the taskforce is examining a range of possible new technical and general purpose IPv6 training options.

For more information, and for a copy of the New Zealand IPv6 Taskforce’s Action Plan please visit:

The above information was sourced from the February edition of The Browser. More information on internet happenings in New Zealand, not just related to domain names, can be found in The Broswer at:

Asia Registry logoTo register your .NZ domain name check out Asia Registry here.