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Nominet Celebrates .UK's 25th Birthday As Second Largest ccTLD

Nominet logoNominet, the national registry for .UK domain names celebrates 25 years since the first .UK domain names were registered on Saturday 24 July 2010 by becoming the second largest country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and fourth largest Top Level Domain (TLD). Since its inception in 1985, the .UK registry has witnessed the huge growth in the internet. Continue reading Nominet Celebrates .UK's 25th Birthday As Second Largest ccTLD

Nominet Celebrates .UK’s 25th Birthday As Second Largest ccTLD

Nominet, the national registry for .UK domain names celebrates 25 years since the first .UK domain names were registered on Saturday 24 July 2010 by becoming the second largest country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and fourth largest Top Level Domain (TLD). Since its inception in 1985, the .UK registry has witnessed the huge growth in the internet.Among ccTLDs, .UK is the second largest ccTLD with 8,587,726 registrations as of 30 July. This follows .DE (Germany) with 13,762,500 registrations while the number of .CN (China) domain names registered has slipped dramatically to 8,250,000 (as of 30 April, the latest statistics publicly available) from a peak of 13,680,700 in November 2009 due to changes in registration requirements and the end of promotions with cheaper registration fees.Among other ccTLDs, the .NL ccTLD is the fourth most popular with 3,975,200 registrations (30 July) and then .EU is fifth with 3,239,400 (30 July).Key milestones include:

  • 1985: First registrations of .UK
  • 1996: Nominet set up to manage the .UK domain name space, 26,000 registrations on the register
  • February 2000: 1 million registrations
  • May 2006: 5 million registrations
  • Today: There are now more than 8.5 million .UK domain registrations.

After 25 years, .UK remains a relevant and trusted environment that presents the most appropriate, local information for web users. Research from Nominet shows that 77 per cent of British consumers preferred to use a .UK rather than a .com when searching for information online and that at a small business level, 9 out of 10 companies choose a .UK as the domain for marketing their business.Lesley Cowley, CEO, Nominet, says, “We are delighted to celebrate 25 years of .UK. In that time, the internet has changed the lives of billions of people around the World. As businesses, we rely on it for buying and selling goods, as governments for interacting with citizens, and as individuals for organising and managing many aspects of our lives, whether that be online banking, shopping or entertainment.

Nominet Board Election Process Begins

Nominet logoNominet has begun the non-executive director election process and posted papers for its papers for their Annual General Meeting to be held on 6 July.

Writing in The Register, Kieren McCarthy says there are seven candidates for two positions, “but despite efforts to revitalise the organisation after several years of infighting, voters will be disappointed to see a cast of the usual suspects on the ballot. Five of the seven candidates were members of Nominet’s recently wound-up Policy Advisory Body (PAB) — whose insider culture eventually caused it to implode.”

McCarthy examines the background to the candidates and looks at some of the issues that have come up involving candidates.

To read his report, see:
www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/15/nominet_election_campaign/

For information on the upcoming Annual General Meeting 2010 from Nominet, see:
www.nominet.org.uk/governance/agm/

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

Britain's SOCA Wants ICANN to Improve Whois Data Accuracy

Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has welcomed a recent report that found more than three-quarters (77%) of all Whois records for five of the generic Top Level Domains (.COM, .ORG, .NET, .INFO and .BIZ) are filled with at least partially inaccurate information. Continue reading Britain's SOCA Wants ICANN to Improve Whois Data Accuracy

Britain’s SOCA Wants ICANN to Improve Whois Data Accuracy

Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has welcomed a recent report that found more than three-quarters (77%) of all Whois records for five of the generic Top Level Domains (.COM, .ORG, .NET, .INFO and .BIZ) are filled with at least partially inaccurate information.The survey by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) for ICANN also found that while only 23 per cent of Whois data provided for domain name registration was fully accurate, around twice as many (46%) met a slightly relaxed version of the criteria tested meaning that successful contact could be made with the registrant.Now it is “ridiculously easy” to register a domain name under false details, said Paul Hoare, senior manager and head of e-crime operations for SOCA, told the e-Crime Congress 2010 in London.”Rather than responding to malicious domains, we should be making it harder for them to register in the first place,” said Hoare.SOCA’s e-Crime unit, with the support of the FBI and wider law enforcement community, has engaged with ICANN over the past 18 months to address issues around the inaccuracy of Whois data. SOCA has identified deficiencies in domain registration processes that they say are exploited by organised crime to mount major attacks on industry and individuals.Suggested amendments to ICANN’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement, submitted by SOCA and the FBI in order to resolve many of these issues, are supported by Interpol and the G8 cyber working group. These amendments were submitted at the ICANN conference in Seoul in October 2009 to the Government Advisory Committee, ICANN board and the ICANN Community for formal consideration.

Nominet Gives Registrars Ability to Terminate .UK Domain Names

Nominet logoNominet, the registry for .UK domain names, has announced they will be giving registrars the ability to cancel domain names upon allegations of criminality activity involving .UK domain names.

The new service new service locks domain names by suspending the operation of the name, which means that any web site or email associated with the domain name will no longer be available. Promptly taking the domain name out of circulation in this way helps protect the consumer as quickly as possible.

The service has commenced already enabling registrars to ‘lock’ or suspend a .UK domain name if they have received credible reports that it is involved in illegal activity.

“Nominet is committed to making the Internet a safe place for all users. This lock is one of several new services we are offering to help our registrars respond to evidence that .uk domain names are being used for illegal activities,” said Eleanor Bradley, Directors of Operations at Nominet.

“For example, there have been cases recently where consumers are being duped into buying goods from illegitimate web sites. This tool enables the registrar to lock down the domain name to prevent further criminal activity and minimise the impact on UK consumers.”

The announcement follows Nominet disconnecting around 1,200 domain names in December in a campaign coordinated with police. The actions meant that the police did not have to deal with companies hosting the websites using the domain names.

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

Has .CN Regained Number One ccTLD Ranking from .DE?

After not having posted registration figures for at least four months, CNNIC, the China Internet Network Information Center, has finally updated its figures to show they have regained the number one ccTLD ranking from .DE (Germany).According to the latest figures, there were 13,680,727 domain name registrations as of 30 November compared to 13,325,300 .DE registrations as of 13 December according to the DENIC website.Registration figures for CNNIC were dropping significantly, likely to be as a result of the ending of a promotion CNNIC were running in 2008. However it appears they are once again on an upward trend.Both though are way ahead of the third placed ccTLD, .UK (United Kingdom) who in November passed the eight millionth registration milestone.To register your .CN, .DE, .UK or any other domain name, check out Europe Registry or Asia Registry.

Nominet Ordered to Delete 1,200 .UK Domain Names

Last week Nominet received an instruction from the Metropolitan Police’s Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) to take down around 1,200 CO.UK domain names that have been under investigation for criminal activity.The order was part of Operation Papworth where the PCeU was targeting websites run by organised criminal networks that purported to sell designer items – clothes, jewellery and electronic goods. Many of the sites involved supplied counterfeit goods or in some cases simply failed to supply any goods to the consumers who placed orders.The operation claims it will make Christmas shopping online a safer experience for customers. The websites targeted were run by organised criminal networks which purported to sell designer items – including Ugg Australia Boots, ghd hair straighteners, and jewellery from Tiffany & Co and Links of London. Innocent shoppers were duped into making what appeared to be bargain purchases, but received either nothing at all or counterfeit products.The operation was instigated by the PCeU to target the criminal misuse of the UK domain name system, with the objective of preventing harm to British citizens and making it safer to trade online.The PCeU worked in partnership with Nominet, the registry for .UK domain names. As a result the PCeU has deregistered 1,219 website domain names – taking them down at the registry level to prevent re-registration.”We received clear instructions from the PCeU to take down the .co.uk domain names, which have been under investigation for criminal activity. We worked closely with the police and our registrars to quickly carry out the instruction to shut down access to these sites,” said Lesley Cowley, chief executive of Nominet.”Nominet is committed to making the Internet a safe place for all users. The vast majority of .co.uk domains are legitimate, but where there are investigations about improper or illegal activity, we work with law enforcement bodies such as the Metropolitan Police to help identify and then limit the number of illegal or fake websites. Always our aim is to take fast, effective and responsible action to protect consumers and end users.”For more information see the Metropolitan Police website and the news release at:
cms.met.police.uk/news/policy_organisational_news_and_general_information/mps_e_crime_unit_takes_down_scam_websitesTo register your .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.