The Dutch registry, the SIDN, announced that .NL reached the 5 million domains
5 Million DOT NL
milestone. They archieved this milestone just a year af ther 25th birthday of the .NL domain and 15 years after the SIDN took over .NL. .NL holds the 3rd position in list of biggest ccTLD’s after .DE and .UK with a little over 15 million domains for .DE and little over 10 million for .UK
Individuals are allowed to register a second-level .nl domain since 2003. As a forerunner, individuals were allowed to register a third-level domain since 2000. Such ‘personal domains’ had the form of john.doe.123.nl. They never became popular, and registration has been suspended since 2006.
SIDN is located in Arnhem and has 1800+ Registrars.
ICANN 44 Prague was a busy event and produced a lot of news and new information.
Friday June 22 : ICANN announces it’s new CEO and President Fadi Chehadé.
Saturday June 23 : The biggest news this day must have been the fact that ICANN
suspended the Digital Archery system and later in the week abandoned it completely. SundayJune 24 : A number of registrars participated in a briefing with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) regarding the Domain Name Marketplace and the role of registrars in the ecosystem.
Points being discussed with the GAC.
Registrar business models
the role resellers play
the diverse nature of the RrSG (Registrars Stakeholder Group) members
MondayJune 25 : The RrSG met directly with representatives from the Law Enforcement community on Monday to provide them an update and to update them on the status of the 12 requests they had previously indicated were important. The RrSG has accepted 10 of the 12 proposals.
Outstanding issues are WHOIS verification and Data Retention.
In the evening ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom had it’s farewell party which was largely attended.
TuesdayJune 26 : Tuesday was a busy day for the Registrars.
RAA (Registrar Accreditation Agreement) discussions
gTLD discussions about the implications for Registrars and it’s Resellers/Customers.
The Executive Committee of the RrSG met with the ICANN Board Tuesday afternoon. Main topics were the new RAA and gTLDs.
A healthy interaction with the ICANN compliance team.
ICANN renews the .com contract with Verisign.
WednesdayJune 27: WHOIS replacement workshop. A few observations from this workgroup.
No uniform data model that exists for domain name registration data.
The WHOIS protocol itself has no standard capacity for handling non-ASCII text.
Directory services do not satisfy legitimate needs for access to different granularities of data.
Replacing the current WHOIS system as we know it, is one of the top priorities of ICANN’s priority list.
Participation as a panel member regarding the IRTP Part C Update. This workgroup is gathering information to recommend a control function for domain name owner changes.
No further news on the URS. ICANN has not selected an URS provider yet.
Thursday June 28 : Participation as a panel member regarding the locking of a domain name during an UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution)
Most noteable was the public forum. This session lasts around 5 hours and includes a variety of topics. This is a session where anyone and everyone can ask their questions or make comments to the ICANN board.
The Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) would like to provide this statement regarding the current status of RAA negotiations and the update posted on the ICANN website on June 4, 2012.
The RrSG and its representatives on the Negotiating Team (NT) have been actively involved in discussions with ICANN staff and is pleased to see substantive progress reported to the community in advance of the upcoming ICANN meeting in Prague.
Among the issues that have been agreed to include improved registrar response and
availability to law enforcement, registrar abuse point of contact, publication of registrar information, establishment of an ICANN accreditation for privacy/proxy service as well as many other important issues which have been identified both by law enforcement and the greater community.
As ICANN points out in the documents recently released, several issues remain outstanding including:
Future RAA amendments process
Registrar obligations to support certain technologies which today are optional
The RrSG fully agrees that several of the open items require input and discussion from the broader community as they contemplate significant changes to the domain name ecosystem as it exists today, and will impact the expansion of the Internet to new users and new regions of the world.We believe the upcoming meeting in Prague will provide an excellent venue for initiating these discussions and the RrSG looks forward to participating in those conversations.
More information about the RAA 2012 can be viewed here.