43rd ICANN summit to focus on new gTLD programme and actuality of domain registers WHOIS database
At the 43rd ICANN summit beginning today in San José leaders of the organisations dealing with domain names will focus on the current status of the programme for new generic top-level domains (gTLD), the task of ensuring actuality of the domain registers WHOIS database and the corresponding challenges in the field of cyber security.The main topic of the 43rd ICANN summit is the new gTLD programme, especially as there is precisely one month remaining for submission of applications for new gTLD adoption. The programme will result in ground-breaking changes in the realm of domain names, allowing corporations, non-profit organisations and community groups to manage their selected gTLDs. The extensive changes include usage of many alphabets in addition to the default Latin option as one can now apply for IDNs (internationalised domain names) with Cyrillic or Arabic letters or even hieroglyphs.
The other central topic of the summit is ensuring actuality of WHOIS data as it is now of interest to national governments as a key factor of cyber security. Furthermore, the issue of correctness of WHOIS data is also important in the context of the aforementioned gTLD programme because registration of new generic top-level domain names can result in profiteers “hunting” for attractive domain names.
Marek-Andres Kauts, Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation, will speak on the topic of ensuring WHOIS actuality.
You can view the summit schedule here: http://costarica43.icann.org/full-schedule.
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.
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