ICANN73: Can ICANN solve the WHOIS accuracy problem?
This year marks 4 years since the GDPR entered into force: A regulation that has sent waves across Europe and beyond by restating EU data protection principles in place since 1995 and giving real enforcement powers to data protection authorities. Since data protection became a compliance issue for ICANN in 2018, the community is still discussing how to reconcile different interests at stake in 2022: domain name holders, contracted parties, rightsholders, law enforcement and governments, as evident during ICANN73. Access to accurate registration data has also become a political issue, with the EU negotiating its update to cybersecurity legislation - the NIS 2 Directive that puts a considerable emphasis on access to accurate, complete and potentially verified registration data. The root cause of registration data accuracy being on the agenda of EU policymakers: ICANN’s GDPR compliance activities that put WHOIS behind a locked door. Is there a registration data accuracy problem within the ICANN community and why does it matter? What is the role of ICANN when it comes to ensuring third-party access to registration data? And is there a chance that ICANN could put its GDPR compliance discussions behind anytime soon?
What makes CENTR a Community with a capital C?
On 16 March 2022 we held our online 2022 CENTR Annual General Meeting (AGM). Part of the morning was dedicated to internal matters, including the approval of CENTR’s Position Development Process review and Board elections, and the second half focused on the area of DNS abuse and security, with several projects presented by CENTR members.
EU Policy Update – February 2022
In a nutshell: The European Commission kickstarted the year with a set of publications of relevance for ccTLDs, such as the DNS Abuse Study and the Communication on an EU Strategy on Standardisation. The Commission also released proposals for a European Declaration on Digital Rights and a Data Act. Regarding intellectual property, the Commission issued a call for evidence on the upcoming EU Toolbox against Counterfeiting, whilst the European Parliament published a Study on the Cross Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the EU. Co-legislators reached a provisional agreement on amending the Europol regulation, and IMCO published its Draft Report on the EUID proposal. The EDPB launched a coordinated enforcement action on the use of cloud services by the public sector.
The CENTR Board suspends Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ’s membership
The CENTR Board is following Russian military actions in Ukraine with concern and strongly condemns the violation of international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Ukraine’s national TLD registry is a member of CENTR and we stand with Ukrainians in their efforts to resist Russia’s invasion. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution of the conflict, and will continue to offer support and help to our Ukrainian colleagues.
EU Policy Update – Outlook to 2022
In a nutshell: The upcoming months look busy on the legislative and policy front. France took over the presidency of the Council of the EU until the end of June with an ambitious digital agenda and the aim to finalise key legislative initiatives such as the DSA and NIS 2 before the national elections. The Council of the EU approved its General Approach on the CER Directive. The European Parliament adopted its position on the DSA and is ready to enter trilogue negotiations with the Council of the EU and the European Commission. The European Commission published its long-awaited call for proposals for the deployment of DNS4EU and is looking into proposing new legislative initiatives in the fields of cybersecurity, child protection and hate speech online. It is also expected to put forward an EU Toolbox against counterfeiting, and to publish its study on DNS abuse.
CENTR plants 1200 trees in 2021!
Over 2021, CENTR decided to partner up with WeForest and commit to growing a tree in exchange for every completed survey response by its members. We are delighted to announce that we surpassed our initial goal of 1000 survey responses, and were able to contribute to growing 1200 trees!
CENTR publishes the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q3/2021
The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q3/2021 has been published. It covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with a specific focus on the European ccTLD market.
The 12 Days of CENTR
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone to hear that the CENTR Secretariat has had a busy year! We have put together this infographic as our own take of the popular English Christmas song, "the 12 days of Christmas" to highlight some of our achievements over 2021, as we work to improve information access to members and to foster best practice exchanges amongst the membership. We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful end to 2021 and hope to see you in the new year!
IETF 112: Tim Wicinski explains DPRIVE, what happened at IETF 112 and why, if possible, TLDs should be involved
The final in our series of Q&As with participants at IETF 112 is with Tim Wicinski. Tim is one of the chairs of the DNS PRIVate Exchange (dprive) working group that “develops mechanisms to provide confidentiality to DNS transactions in order to address concerns surrounding pervasive monitoring.” Here Tim explains the path that led to him being involved in the IETF, but more importantly, the significance of DPRIVE for TLDs and why they should be involved, underlining that he also understands they may not have the resources or time to do so.
RIPE83: Can the Internet Governance Community survive remote-online?
The internet has allowed the internet governance community to stumble forward when everybody had to stay at home. Still despite ever more sophisticated tools to gather online, the effects of only working remotely are showing. This blogpost looks into the effects, potential reasons and proposals to go forward.