Category Archives: ICANN

A change of policy at Nominet

  Nominet is the Registry for .uk, the UK’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD). Nominet determines the rules which govern the kind of web site names people can create and use in association with .uk. Rules and the absence of rules Nominet has … Continue reading

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Mr Snowden’s legacy

  Without getting into the rights and wrongs of Edward Snowden’s actions or indeed the actions of the NSA and GCHQ in relation to mass online surveillance, the fallout has been most instructive for those of us who occupy the … Continue reading

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ICANN ignores stakeholders

  As some of you will know I am an Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (eNACSO). eNACSO has been trying to engage with ICANN on a number of issues connected with the creation of new … Continue reading

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CHIS speaks out

  Just up on the Children’s Charities’ Coalition web site: their evidence to the Nominet Review and evidence to the DCMS Select Committee. 

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What’s in a name?

  The other day I was in a meeting with a guy who used to work for a Registry that ran one of the world’s most famous top level domains. He told everyone in the room that, from time to … Continue reading

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The future of Nominet

  Every sovereign state has a national domain namespace on the internet. They are more properly called country code top-level domains or ccTLDs for short. ccTLDs are all two letters long and they appear to the right of the last dot … Continue reading

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Britain is punching above its weight in the global porn stakes

  If Wikipedia is to be believed Britain is the 9th most connected country in the world in terms of the number of internet users, or 14th if measured as a percentage of the total population who go online. However, thanks to some excellent analytical … Continue reading

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The WHOIS saga continues

  For all sorts of reasons there needs to be a list kept somewhere of the names and contact details of everyone who owns an internet domain name. This is what the WHOIS database is meant to be. A building … Continue reading

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No more low hanging fruit

  I have been reflecting on the achievements of the UK’s framework for making the internet a better and safer place for children and young people. We have an impressive record. Yet I was struck by a quite dramatic but … Continue reading

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Who is reading the WHOIS Review? Part Deux

The story so far Readers of Part 1 of this blog will know that the WHOIS directory is meant to be the definitive and publicly accessible list or database of owners of internet domain names. ICANN is responsible for its … Continue reading

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