CEO of .In (India) Alleges 40% of ccTLD’s Left Out Of IANA Transition Coordination Group

According to a press release we received today from Dr Govin who is the CEO of the .IN ccTLD Registry which is the ccTLD for India is claiming that about 40% of all ccTLD’s are being left out of the IANA Transition Coordination Group as part of ICANN’s plan to move away from US oversight.

Basically Dr. Govin says that 104 of the 259 ccTLD are not being representative in this process.

Balazs Marto of .HU (Hungary) also signed the email:

The USG has recently announced its intent to transition its procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root zone file – the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – as well as serving as the historic steward of the DNS.

Whilst the stewardship role of the NTIA has been exemplary, this initiative is welcome, and of the 255 country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) that exist today, 240 were in stable operation with fully automated updating of the IANA Root Zone data, prior to the creation of ICANN which occurred on September 18, 1998.

Historically, ccTLDs have formulated policy based on a multi-stakeholder model, addressing their user community needs based on the cultural, operational and legal frameworks in which the Registry is founded.

Today the ccTLD community can be categorised into two groups:

i) 151 ccTLD Registry Operators are members of the ICANN Country Code Names Supporting Organization with the function to propose Policy to the ICANN Board that impacts members of the ccNSO (and for ccNSO members to opt-out of decisions taken by the ICANN Board if they so wish), and;

ii) 104 ccTLD Registry Operators who have chosen not to cede any authority to the ICANN Board and are wholly responsible for the secure and stable management of their respective ccTLD Registry.

The 104 ccTLD Registry Operators in ii) above develop their naming policies outside of ICANN in a manner that best serves their respective Internet communities, recognise Industry Best Practices, accord with laws of the jurisdiction in which the Registry is incorporated, and operate within a diverse set of cultural, technical and legal frameworks.
There is no case in which ICANN or IANA may amend these policies or undermine foundation document RFC-1591 upon which the assignment of the ccTLD occurred, and there is no intervention by any external party (even the US Government) in their implementation.

With the IANA transition now in sight, the Internet community is entering a crucial phase in which the details of new arrangements need to be developed and finally agreed.

Yet, a significant section of the ccTLD community is being proactively excluded from the Transition Coordination Group.
Dr Govind, CEO of the body which manages the Indian ccTLD Registry .IN said, “Clearly the process has already been captured by a subset of the ccTLD community. The selection process controlled by the ccNSO resulted in all four seats being assigned to their members. A significant section of the ccTLD Registry operator community do not share the objectives of the ccNSO membership are now excluded from the process
.

While the Selection Committee did have non-ccNSO community representatives, not a single non- ccNSO ccTLD Registry Operator was ultimately chosen as a representative, despite two highly qualified and experienced candidates offering to serve (and even share a seat) on the Transition Coordination Group to represent the diversity of ccTLD Registry operations.”

As Registry Manager of .HU, Balazs Martos, says “I am very concerned that the ccNSO seem to feel they speak for the whole ccTLD Community when dealing with every IANA matter. They do not, .HU is an IANA service user, but we are not a member of the ccNSO. I would much prefer representation from the non- ccNSO Registry Operator community on the Transition Coordination Group as well, otherwise our position is easily excluded from the process and retaining the status-quo much more desirable.”

If fragmentation of the Root Zone management function is to be avoided, it is essential that any transition process respects, represents and unites the whole ccTLD community, something that the current IANA Transition process being managed by ICANN is not doing. Members of the Coordination Group have stated they were willing to increase the number of participants to be as inclusive as possible; however ICANN refuses to do so.

Dr Govin (CEO .IN ccTLD Registry) GOVIND@nixi.in

Balazs Martos martos@iszt.hu

One Tiny Country Gets Some Exposure from One Large Movie Franchise

The Pitcairn Islands are a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The population is 56, yes 56. It is safe to say that most have no idea that the Pitcairn Islands have their own country code, and even fewer would know what two letters represent this tiny nation. The country code is .PN.

Pitcairn is getting the greatest piece of marketing they could ever hope for with the release of a new Hunger Games trailer. The blockbuster book and movie franchise released a trailer on June 25 that already has over 8 million views on You Tube. The nation of Panem is using the .PN extension for their official site at thecapitol.pn.

For those not familiar with Panem it is the nation referenced in the Hunger Games.

From the Hunger Games Wiki:

Panem is a nation that was established during an unknown time period in a post-apocalyptic world. It is situated primarily in North America, and the Capitol is located in an area formerly known as the Rocky Mountains, as it states in the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Panem was run by an authoritarian-totalitarian dictatorship that was led by President Snow before the second rebellion. It is portrayed in the trilogy to be the dominant society in North America, and no other nations or civilized societies beyond Panem have been mentioned, so it is unknown if any exist at all.

The name Panem derives from the Latin phrase panem et circenses, which literally translates into ‘bread and circuses’. The phrase itself is used to describe entertainment used to distract public attention from more important matters. Furthermore, by the government providing ample food and entertainment, the citizens would give up their political rights.

In Panem, the rules are harshly enforced: After the Dark Days, a sadistic annual event known as the Hunger Games wa s established as a warning reminder of the past.

According to the Capitol.PN, Panem has a population of 4,556,778 people. Adding up the Capitol and 12 districts gives it a population of only 1,905,286 people.

 

In the trailer you will see that the creators of the film are using the .PN extension for the Capitol’s official website. At the 1:06 mark the address reads prominently on the screen.

.UK Gets Over 50,000 Registrations On It’s 1st Day

According to itproportal.com,  the new .UK extension has surpassed 50,000 domain registrations in the first 24 hours following its launch.

Nominet, the UK domain name registry, expects 10 million domain name registrations and why not?

There are over 10 million existing domain holders with a .co.uk or one of the other variations that will have first crack at getting the shorter address and with prices set below a .com, £3.50 for a single year (about $5 and £2.50 per year About $4 for multiple year registrations) we would assume everyone who had the right to register a .UK address will do so.

According to the story,  Nominet the company that runs the .UK registry celebrated the release by unveiling the world’s largest welcome sign reading ‘welcometothe.uk’ at London’s Heathrow Airport

As for the registry or the author of the story comparing .UK to new gTLD’s I think its pretty unfair as .UK is a ccTLD not a gTLD and has an existing customer base of over 10 million and many years in existence.

Here is the quote from the story on that and remember .London is still in Sunrise and hasn’t even launched:

“Its registrations have outpaced the likes of .london, .guru and .xyz in the current batch of gTLDs thus meaning its first day is one of the fastest on record in the domain name suffix market.

Actually .XYZ is now over 100,000 registrations if you want to get technical about it and if anyone was going to compare .UK to a new gTLD they should have chosen .Berlin which has actually launched.

 

KSregistry Becomes Registry For .VG But ccTLD Is Frozen Until April 15th; Registrations Resume May 12th

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC) has sourced out the operation of .VG, the ccTLD of Virgin Islands to KSregistry GmbH.

Due to the difficulties with the former .VG zone manager, IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .VG zone under the control and the responsibility of the TRC on April 11, 2014.

However, the .VG zone will remain frozen until April 15, 2014, 10:00 UTC.

While the .VG zone is frozen, no registrations, modifications, transfers, deletions or renewals can be made.

From April 15, 2014, 10:00 UTC to May 11, 2014, 23:59 UTC the .VG TLD will be reopened for KSregistry accredited registrars.

It will then be possible to update, renew or delete domain names.

Starting May 12, 2014, 10:00 UTC KSregistry will also allow the registration of new domain names.

Discrepancies in the registration data may result from the operation of a shadow registry by a third party that had partial control of the .VG zone from March 8, 2013 to April 11, 2014.

Since the previous TLD operator Meridian was never an authorized registry provider and because of the unwillingness of Meridian to cooperate, all domain actions which have been processed since March 8, 2013 through the Meridian system unfortunately cannot not be reflected in the .VG zone. In order to become an accredited KSregistry .VG registrar please contact us at registrarsupport@nic.vg. We will provide you the RRA for signature.

.Ar Domains (Argentina) Go From Being Free To Around $25 A Year On March 5th

According to the Buenosairesherald.com, .Ar domain names, which is the Country Code (ccTLD) for Argentina will go from being free to costing  “less than” 200 Argentina Pesos ($25.42 based on today’s official exchange rate) a year starting on March 5th.

The change from free to less than 200 pesos applies to new registrations and any renewals of .Ar domain names starting on March 5th.

The national director of the internet domain registries Gabriel Brenta is quoted by the Herald as saying

“What we are trying to do is adapt to current global practices, and on the other hand, establish procedures that if a business brand domain is being used, it can be recovered in the short term,”

Yet the fee would not just apply to new domains but also to the three million users who already own .AR sites and who will now have to renew their registrations annually.

“The change however should not come as a shock because “very few countries” throughout the world offer free hosting — and none in the region.”

“Users have been asking to pay for domains for a long time,

“The community of designers and internet entrepreneurs had been requesting this modification.”

Hum

A community of users that has been getting something for free are now asking to pay instead?

Maybe things are different in Argentina, but not from what I saw when I visited the country for ICANN Meeting last November.

In any case you will have to pay up starting in just a few days.

Nice notice guys.