The IEDR is the registry for .ie Internet Domain Names and maintains the database of .ie registered Internet names. In order to address some issues in relation to domain names in Ireland they have with the help of some key stakeholders in the sector developed a draft policy development process.
Basically this process will allow them with the assistance of an autonomous group called the Policy Advisory Committee to assess and decide on new and changed policies in relation to the .ie domain. For example there are currently issues around 2 letter domains, internationalised domain names and personal names in the .ie ccTLD which, for starters, they wish to address. (i.e. it is not possible to hold the domain name hp.ie at the moment if you happened to be a company selling pcs and peripherals or a tasty brown sauce even…)
You can find out more about this process on the main IIA site where you can also download the consultation document.
Please feel free to leave comments below too.
The Policy Advisory Committee has not yet been formed. The Terms of Reference (ToR) for a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) were agreed in Q4 2008 and published on the Registrar Discussion Forum (RDF) in Q1 2009. The ToR provides that the PAC shall be a consultative and advisory body to IEDR and will deal with questions and issues relating to the operation of the .ie ccTLD (country code top level domain). Other terms include:-
- The PAC may convey advisory views or submissions on policy matters to IEDR. All advice given by the PAC will be objective and in the best interests of the Irish Internet community.
- The PAC shall be autonomous in regard to its agenda and to the subject matter of its policy advisory recommendations.
- IEDR may refer any policy issue to the PAC for its consideration. Recommendations of the PAC shall be of persuasive authority and IEDR shall have due regard to them.
- Otherwise than as provided by the Terms of Reference, the PAC may regulate its activities as it sees fit.
The Working group met and further to the discussion an initial draft proposal was sent on February 22nd 2011 to the PDP-WG mailing list.
Further to the comments and suggestions received, the proposal has been edited and refined to include feedback and suggestions made.
This new version is for discussion purposes and all comments, feedback and new suggestions are welcome. Click here to download the PDF.
A road map was established for this project:
- On Tuesday 5th April 2011, this document was distributed via the PDP-WG mailing list and published on the RDF forum for further discussion and to collect additional feedback and comments.
- On Wednesday 13th April 2011, a reminder/last call was sent to the PDP mailing list and on the RDF.
- On Monday 18th April 2011, this document will be published on the IEDR website for public comments.
- On Monday 9th May 2011, a reminder/last call will be sent to the PDP mailing list and on the RDF.
- Finally, on Monday 16th May 2011, if no objection is made to the proposed document, this proposal will be deemed to be approved and will constitute the .ie PDP. The Working Group will be disbanded with thanks to the Working Group members for their time, effort and hard work.
Well if there’s one thing you can bank on our friends in the US of A it’s for an interesting turn of phrase. The IIA’s “acronymsake”, (that’s my really interesting turn of phrase!) the Internet Innovation Alliance, who are based in the US have been very concerned for some time now about the “exaflood”. As the video below puts it 1 exabyte of data if converted to DVD quality video would take 50,000 years to watch. Therefore the Internet Innovation Alliance predict that an exaflood is imminent. They are “a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations committed to more widespread usage and availability of broadband through wise policy decisions”. Other statistics included in this video make a compelling case for ensuring your voice is heard in relation to the Irish Government’s plan for Next Generation Broadband. We are all very aware that internet trends and their impacts cannot be confined to one country and similar growth should be expected and prepared for in Ireland’s knowledge economy. So please leave your comments below or read the views of the IIA’s Physical Infrastructure Working Group as outlined by Keith Bohanna, Chair and add your comments there. Getting involved in consultation like this is as important an aspect of democracy as voting. And anyway it’s not possible that you are too busy outside enjoying the sun…