The Estonian Internet Foundation to Publish .ee Zone File on 5 July
We will increase the openness of .ee namespace and publish a .ee zone file, which is essentially a text file of information on domain names and the services relating to the names. The data contained in the zone file has so far only been accessible by single queries through the domain search database WHOIS; after the opening of the file, it will be available as a collection from 5 July.
The Estonian Internet Foundation will open the .ee zone file through a separate name server, leaving the access to the name servers serving the .ee zone, and security restrictions unchanged. There is no confidential information in the zone file, and it is also no longer possible to find personal data relating to the domains in the zone file from the public domain search database WHOIS. Besides that, the zone file need not be an exhaustive list of .ee domains. If the domain has been registered without name server records, or such records have been removed from the existing domain, it is not included in the zone file. Due to this, it is still possible to register domains in the form of new brands or campaigns that are yet to be revealed. If you have any questions about the adding of name servers, please turn to your registrar or service provider. .ee domains in suspension or deletion proceedings are also not included in the file. The zone file, including subdomains pri.ee, com.ee, fie.ee and med.ee, can be downloaded from 5 July 2019 through the AXFR protocol.
If the sixth Internet Day, which was to take place in March last year, was not held due to the pandemic, then this year, the event will take place via a secure live broadcast. However, despite the changed circumstances, the idea of Internet Day still remains the same - to bring together those interested in the Estonian Internet community to contribute to the development of our Internet by discussing topical issues. The motto of this year's Internet Day is "Tomorrow's weather on the Internet."
It was 2018 when we first met with the Czech registry to discuss the option of adding eIDAS to our public-facing web interfaces with the goal of strengthening the identification of our registrants and contacts. We are both very active in developing our businesses, so the question came up on how to find resources to make this happen. Luckily the EU also believes it to be beneficial to promote eIDAS usage and made support measures available via its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) tool. The Czechs took the lead role and off we went!
Here’s a brief look back at the .ee registry in 2020 – how many domain names were ordered, how many were abandoned, and the dynamics of the registry over the past decade. By the way, do you know what the longest .ee domain registered in 2020 was?