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Domain Pulse Conference Live Webcast!

The 2012 Domain Pulse kicks off on Monday, this year being held in the German city of Hamburg. But don’t despair if you can’t make it. There will be a live webcast accessible from the home page. So while those attending will already have made up their minds too, for those not, you can still follow all the proceedings.The annual Domain Pulse conference rotates between Switzerland, Austria and Germany and is hosted by the registries in each country (SWITCH, nic.at and DENIC) and is one of the highlights of the domain name calendar with around 400 people attending each year.This year’s two-day conference will have presentations both dealing with domain names and also looking wider about how technology is impacting on our lives. All presentations are translated into English when in German, and into German when the presentation is in English.On the domain name front presentations will include “How Domains Are Being Used” by Marc Van Wesemael from EURid, a panel discussion looking at insights and outlooks on new top level domains, a look at the Eco Registrar Atlas (available here in German and English) by lawyer and eco member Thomas Rickert, a look at risks regarding domain names from a specialist lawyer in IT law as well as an update on news from the registries as the last discussion of the conference.There will also be presentations on internet governance, privacy, security, internet addiction while the keynote address is titled “The Internet as the Operating System of Society” by Prof. Dr. Gunter Dueck, who is described as a mathematician and maverick.The agenda for the conference is online (available here in English and here in German). For additional information, check out the conference website here.

Improved Security for .CH Domains

SWITCH logoSwiss websites are now more secure following moves by the registry, SWITCH, to introduce new and improved security measures from 25 November to help prevent the spread of malicious software on websites using .CH domain names.

Websites using .CH domain names are among the most secure in the world going by the recent Mapping the Mal Web: The world’s riskiest domains report from McAfee. Despite this, an increasing number of .CH and .LI websites are spreading malicious software, so-called malware. SWITCH views this is a growing problem.

“Each week we receive more than a hundred notifications of websites infecting other computers with malware”, says Dr. Serge Droz, Head of the Security Division at SWITCH.

On 25 November SWITCH’s Security Division introduced new procedures to combat malware. These new procedures involve checking notifications SWITCH receives about websites spreading malware. If the registry finds malicious websites, they will contact the domain holder and the operator (provider) and ask them to resolve the problem. If no action is taken within one working day, SWITCH will block the internet address.

“We will only remove a website from the web in an emergency. The aim is for the malicious site to be cleaned up rapidly”, explains Serge Droz. This consistent approach will make a key contribution to maintaining the high security standard for Swiss internet addresses.

For more information on the SWITCH moves to improve the security of .CH and .LI websites, see switch.ch.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CH domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Swiss Among World Leaders in Enabling DNSSEC

SWITCH, the registry for .CH and .LI domain names, enabled DNSSEC on day two of the annual Domain Pulse conference in Luzern yesterday. SWITCH became the third ccTLD registry to enable DNSSEC giving registrants of .CH domain names added security following .SE (Sweden) and .CZ (Czech Republic).The added security for internet users allows for a more secure internet, especially important for banks and other financial services providers, for example.At the Domain Pulse conference, Urs Eppenberger of SWITCH and Marc Furrer of the Swiss Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) enabled DNSSEC.Furrer said he was very pleased with the efforts of SWITCH to be playing a leading role in the implementation of more secure internet communications and commerce.”I am particularly proud of the fact that Switzerland is one of the first countries in Europe to introduce DNSSEC. This now guarantees security in the internet” said a delighted Marc Furrer, President of ComCom, in a statement.Meanwhile DENIC is on schedule to prepare a test bed for registrars and this phase will run until 2011, said Sabine Dolderer, the company’s CEO.However nic.at will not be introducing DNSSEC in 2010, said Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at. Wein believes there is not yet the demand or the market for it in Austria (.AT) at the moment, but like DENIC, nic.at will be watching developments closely in the .CH ccTLD closely. Nic.at will be preparing for DNSSEC internally to have it ready for deployment when there is a demand.Nic.at is also preparing an innovative business model to allow internet companies from registries, and in particular those planning to apply for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), registrars, banks and others demanding a high level of security, to use their infrastructure. It is planned to have this finalised in the summer of 2010.Among other presentations included Steve Gobin from ICANN who spoke of the new Registrar Accreditation Agreement while Simon Kopp of Kantonspolizei Luzern spoke about Fit4Chat , an initiative of the Luzern canton’s police department to help parents and children deal with unwanted contact from strangers, and in particular older adults, online.There was also a presentation on internationalised domain names (IDNs) from Leonid Todorov from the Coordination Centre for TLD RU who explained the difficulties for Russian users in having to use only Latin characters for domain names. With a very small number of English speakers, especially in the more remote regions, and n o adequate Latin/Cyrllic script translation, particularly relating to international trademarks, the introduction of IDNs will be of huge benefit to internet users in the country.The 2011 Domain Pulse conference will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 17 to 18 February which will more or less coincide with the predicted one millionth .AT domain registration milestone.Videos and slides of all presentations, mostly in German, are available on the Domain Pulse website at domainpulse.ch although without simultaneous translations as occurred during the meeting.

Domain Name Security Gains Prominence in German-Speaking World

The 2010 Domain Pulse, hosted by SWITCH (the .CH registry) was held in the snowy Swiss city of Luzern. Domain Name Security (DNS) was of particular importance in this year’s meeting with DNSSEC being implemented in the root zone in 2010 by ICANN, and by many registries in the next few years.ICANN plan to have all root servers signed with DNSSEC by mid-2010 Kim Davies, Manager, Root Zone Services at ICANN told the meeting on Monday, starting with the L root server, then A root server with the last being the J root server as all are gradually signed.ICANN has taken a conservative approach to deploying DNSSEC to ensure there are no mistakes in its implementation, said Davies.Meanwhile a discussion on the registration of domain names that are responsible for illegal content, such as phishing or child pornography, was hotly discussed.A discussion with lawyers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland said in varying degrees that when it is difficult to contact the domain registrant, that using the registrar as a means of deleting the domain name was justified.All three lawyers, Clara-Ann Gordon (Switzerland), Dr. Boris Uphoff (Germany) and Michael Pilz (Austria) said that when it is difficult to contact the domain registrant, that using the registrar as a means of deleting the domain name.Difficulties can often occur in the event of such a domain name registration when the registrant includes false registration information.The registries, represented by their legal counsel Stephan Welzel (DENIC), Barbara Schlossbauer (nic.at) and Nicole Beranek Zanon (SWITCH) took this discussion further and explained what happens when there are difficulties in contacting registrants such as when there is illegal use of the domain name, such as illegal content.In the case of phishing, in Austria if the registry is certain the content is legal the domain name is deleted, in Germany the domain name is not deleted as they believe the domain name is not the problem but the content is while in Switzerland they temporarily block the domain until the legal situation is sorted out.Videos of all presentations, mostly in German, are available on the Domain Pulse website at domainpulse.ch although without simultaneous translations as occurred during the meeting.

Domain Pulse 2010 in Switzerland Getting Closer

The Domain Pulse 2010 conference, the premier domain name conference in the German-speaking countries, will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 and 2 February.The conference will have several presentations on DNSSEC, including one on the introduction of DNSSEC in Switzerland by Marc Furrer, President of the Federal Communications Commission and Urs Eppenberger from SWITCH, the host of this year’s conference as well as another presentation on the results of a DNSSEC pilot project in Switzerland.ICANN staff will be presenting on new registrar accreditation (Steve Gobin) and on Root zone and DNSSEC (Kim Davies).Issues impacting on the domain name use and abuse in the three German-speaking countries (Switzerland, Austria and Germany) are also prominent by staff from each of the registries.There are also presentations on how youth are presenting themselves online, particularly on social networking sites, by Ulla Patricia from the Authenrieth Institut für Medienwissenschaft at the University of Basel.Presentations in German are simultaneously translated into English, and those in English into German.The conference is a great opportunity to meet and network with those involved in the domain name industry in the three countries and even wider afield. Attendees include registry staff, registrars and domainers along with many others interested in the industry or where domain names impact on their work.The conference is free to attend and there is a social event included on the Monday night.For further information including the full programme and how to register, see domainpulse.ch/en/dp_start.

.CH/.LI Warns of Bogus Domain Registration Offers

SWITCH logoThe registry for .CH (Switzerland) and .LI (Lichtenstein), SWITCH, is warning of bogus offers to register domain names at vastly inflated prices.

SWITCH is advising that anyone receiving an offer by phone or email regarding the registration of .CH and .LI domain names should be careful. The scam involves a company being contacted and offered domain names that may be related to their existing domain names.

SWITCH give the example of a customer that has already registered the company.ch domain name. Someone then contacts that customer, misrepresenting the facts and offering to register similar names, such as company-ltd.ch, for them, saying that they must register the name(s) immediately. The customer is put under pressure and has to take a swift decision.

SWITCH regards aggressive methods such as these as unfair advertising. Anyone who feels that they have been a victim of unfair advertising can lodge a complaint with the Swiss advertising standards committee (Lauterkeitskommission) at www.lauterkeit.ch.

Europe Registry logoTo register a .CH or .LI domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

SWITCH, Swiss & Liechtenstein Registry, Warns Against Bogus Offers

SWITCH logoSWITCH, the registry for Swiss and Liechtenstein domain names, is warning against bogus offers for domain names.
SWITCH has advised anyone receiving an offer of a domain name by phone or e-mail should be on their guard. Their customer service has been receiving an increasing number of enquiries from worried customers who have received phone calls or emails with offers to register one or more domain names for them – generally at an inflated price. Continue reading SWITCH, Swiss & Liechtenstein Registry, Warns Against Bogus Offers