DNC Newsletter - September 2018



September 2018 

Court Action

Recently the Domain Name Commission won a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit against US company DomainTools.

This is good news for .nz domain name holders and their privacy, and reinforces the Terms of Use that apply when accessing .nz domain name data.

More details on this can be found in the press release. If you are a customer of DomainTools and can no longer access .nz data as a result of this decision, please email us on [email protected] to discuss further.

Board Meeting

The Domain Name Commission Board is having one of their regular meetings on Friday 28 September 2018. Minutes of this, once completed, can be found in our News Section. Members of the public are welcome to attend DNCL Board Meetings – if you would like to attend a future DNCL Board Meeting, make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter, where details will be published ahead of time.

Changes to the Registrar Table

The Domain Name Commission is starting the process of improving the way information is displayed on the .nz Authorised Registrars table. We welcome any feedback or proposed changes for this page, especially ideas that would assist customers looking at registering a .nz domain name. Any suggestions can be sent through to [email protected]

Domain Name Abuse Forum

Register your attendance for the free one-day Domain Name Abuse Forum – Justice Minister Hon Andrew Little confirmed for opening address.

On 27 November in Wellington, Justice Minister Hon. Andrew Little will open New Zealand’s first one-day forum dedicated to domain name abuse issues.

Agenda themes: 
•    Domain Names and Content Abuse
•    Domain Names and data registration abuse - managing online registers
•    Domain Names and infrastructure Abuse

A draft outline program will be available on the InternetNZ website.

More information will be released in the coming weeks, including a detailed program with confirmed panelists and facilitators.

Places are limited, so register your interest now by emailing [email protected]

The Domain Name Abuse Forum will be the only event in New Zealand this year to examine the various issues associated with domain name abuse. Get involved. Have your say.

International Outreach

Brent Carey, the Domain Name Commissioner recently attended APTLD 74 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from September 20-21. As part of his attendance Brent also presented and participated in a panel discussion regarding GDPR and Cyber Security.

Brent Carey speaks to Goran Milanković, who sits on the Board of Governors for the Serbian Registry, RNIDS.

Brent prepares to speak at APTLD.

Brent Carey and Dalsie Baniala, Vanuatu's Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR).

Enquiries Update

It has now been six months since we launched our new enquiries management software. We are continuing to make small improvements so that enquiries are classified and handled more effectively. To celebrate this milestone we have included a couple of highlights below:

•    Over 1,200 enquiries handled in the last six months
•    140 user reviews received, with an average rating of 4.4 out of five
•    Over 80% of the time we responded to contact within 8 hours

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Maori language week took place between 10 and 16 September, and the Commission took the opportunity to educate people on the role it plays in the .nz domain name space. We wrote a guest blog for InternetNZ, highlighting the .iwi.nz, and .maori.nz spaces.

Links and media

Managing expectations of reporting cybercrime – exploring the gap between reporting and outcomes.
NZTech Update – Urgent call for tech advisory!
CERT NZ - Quarter Two Report 2018.


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