1,200 of the released 38,000 domain names were registered in the first 15 minutes
At 12:00 today the Estonian Internet Foundation released approximately 38,000 domains names that had been registered in accordance with the old procedure but were not re-registered. 1,200 of these domains have been registered in the first 15 minutes of today.The 38,000 released domain names are those that remained in the register despite being no longer in use. Among them were many valuable domains that have now all been made available again. “The explosion of domain registrations today indicates that there were many domains among those that had been registered in accordance with the old procedure with the release of which there was considerable interest”, said Marek-Andres Kauts, Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation. “1,200 domains have been registered in the first 15 minutes of today, with a total of over 1,360 domain names registered as of now,” Kauts added. The register of the Estonian Internet Foundation now totals over 56,700 domain names.
These are the first 10 domains registered today: baar.ee, klaas.ee, fekaalivedu24.ee, dnb.ee, debian.ee, sa.ee, boutique.ee, adecco.ee, zt.ee and mega.ee.
There have been queries from numerous registrars regarding these domains: seo.ee, car.ee, audio.ee and my.ee.
The Estonian Internet Foundation has published on its website (www.eestiinternet.ee) the list of the domains released on 6.04.2011. This list is purely informative and does not necessarily reflect the precise current status of the WHOIS database as of the domain availability query moment. The list is refreshed every 10 minutes.
The Estonian Internet Foundation is the organisation founded by the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications with the purpose of management of Estonian top-level domain names (.ee). Domain rules and fees applicable to .ee, pri.ee, com.ee, fie.ee and med.ee are approved subject to consensus by the six-member Council of the Estonian Internet Foundation. Half of the council members are appointed by the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications and half – by the government.
From time to time, we receive feedback from domain owners that, to their dismay, one or another .ee domain is either about to be deleted or has already been deleted and put up for auction. At the same time, there is a clear procedure in place to prevent such cases on the sides of the registrar, the registry, and the registrant. That is what we are discussing.
During 13–16 September the annual European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) will take place in Vienna, aiming to connect young IT talents with companies and organisations in the field. Once again, the Estonian national team, which was put together through preliminary rounds and a training camp, will take part in the competition. The main sponsor of the qualification event and the ESCS team is the Estonian Internet Foundation, and the project is run by the TalTech Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.
We are delighted to share a news story that is round and fortified with several zeros; namely, there are already more than 150,000 top-level Estonian domains in the world or Internet addresses ending in .ee.