Norid https://www.norid.no Runs the registry for Norwegian domain names Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:18:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Municipalities can now have fully Sami domain names https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/kommunene-kan-na-fa-helsamiske-domenenavn-en/ Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:18:23 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=11875 Starting 8 January 2019, all municipalities in Norway can have domain names where kommune.no is replaced by the three Sami names suohkan.no, gielda.no og tjielte.no

The municipalities are free to decide which name or names they will use. The registration is done via a registrar, as with any other domain name. 

Here are some examples of possible domain names:

  • tromso.suohkan.no/tromsø.suohkan.no/romsa.suohkan.no
  • tromso.gielda.no/tromsø.gielda.no/romsa.gielda.no
  • snasa.tjielte.no/snåsa.tjielte.no/snåasen.tjielte.no

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Season’s Greetings https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/god-jul-2018-en/ Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:40:05 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=11789 Picture of the 2018 Christmas card

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Problems with the EPP service https://www.norid.no/en/ukategorisert/problems-with-the-epp-service-en/ Wed, 04 Jul 2018 11:30:22 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=11053 We are experiencing a high load on the registry system, something which is causing problems with access to the EPP service. We are working to locate the problem, and will issue further information when we know more.

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New lookup service up and running https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/ny-oppslagstjeneste-satt-i-drift-en/ Tue, 22 May 2018 07:49:49 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=10303 The lookup service for domain names will be changed as from 22 May. For the public the change means that they will have more limited access to customer data. The background for the change is the new privacy laws which will be effective in 2018.

The public will now have access to more limited customer data than before. However, anybody will still have the possibility to find contact information to whom is responsible for the domain name, although the service will be presenting more information if the domain holder is an enterprise, than if it is a private individual.

The lookup service is offered in two ways: via our website and via port 43. The website interface is intended for the general public. The Port 43 interface is intended to help resolve technical issues, and therefore does not provide information about the domain holder.

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Data privacy: Changes to the whois lookup service https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/personvern-whois-blirendret-en/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:18:47 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=9815 In 2018 stricter rules for processing personal data will be implemented. This will affect Norid’s processing of data concerning domain name holders.

The main principle is that we shall only collect data that we need, and that the domain holder shall be informed about which data is being processed by Norid. Starting on 5 May, we will collect less data about the holder than what we currently do.

New lookup service for Norwegian domains

Norid runs a lookup service (whois) where the public can enter a domain name and receive information about the domain delegation, the holder, the technical contact and the technical setup, and who the registrar is.

The publically available lookup service increases the confidence in Norwegian domains:

  • It is easy to find the right point of contact when a domain causes technical issues
  • It makes it possible to find the person responsible for the delegation
  • It makes it possible to contact the domain holder
  • It contributes to preventing illegal content online

The service is important to many actors that need to find the person responsible for a domain name. At the same time, the new data protection act means that the amount of information available to the public must be reduced. Norid has consulted with the Data Protection Authority, and will be launching a new version of the lookup service on 22 May.

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Seasons’s Greetings https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/god-jul-og-godt-nytt-ar-2017-en/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:00:49 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=9343 Image of snow with text 'Season's greetings from Norid'

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Annebeth won ‘Contributor of the Year’ at the CENTR Awards 2017 https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/annebeth-won-contributor-of-the-year-at-the-centr-awards-2017-en/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:43:10 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=8703 Among good candidates, Norid’s special advisor Annebeth Lange was pronounced ‘Contributor of the year’ at the CENTR Award ceremony in Brussels 3 October. She was honoured for her many years of work to prevent commercial actors from taking names of countries and territories as their own top level domains.

Photo of the winners of the CENTR awards 2017
The winners of CENTR Awards 2017: Left: Bert Ben Trinke (SIDN) and Barbara Povše (Registry.si), Giovanni Seppia (EURid), Jörg Schweiger (DENIC), Annebeth Lange (Norid), Eleanor Bradley and John Hollifield (Nominet), David Fowler (CIRA).

In 2012 ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) allowed anyone who wished to and fulfilled the requirements, to register top level domains. There are strong conflicts of interest connected to this, and over the years there have been many discussions between different stakeholder groups to find working compromises, a discussion that is still ongoing. Especially the question of whether country names should be allowed as anything other than national top level domains. Should it be possible for a commercial party to register for instance .norway?

Norid is promoting Norway’s interests internationally together with Norwegian authorities, and works for a reliable and robust domain name system which is administrated in an open and democratic way. Annebeth B. Lange has worked with internet and domain questions for many years, first in the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom), and for the last ten years in Norid. – It has been important for me to ensure that there are resources left for countries where the Internet is not as widespread as in Norway, says Annebeth Lange about the area of work that she is honoured for.

– It is great that Annebeth Lange, as a representative of Norid, is getting honoured in this manner. It shows that representatives even from small nations can make a difference on the international arena, through active participation. Nkom is responsible for promoting Norwegian interests within domain name administration in ICANN, and has a very good cooperation with Norid, benefitting greatly from their active participation. I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Annebeth Lange with this much deserved award from CENTR, says Ørnulf Storm, Head Of Section at the Norwegian Communications Authority.

Norid was also one of three finalists in the category for marketing campaigns with the service navnesok.no, developed by Norid, The Brønnøysund Register Center and The Norwegian Industrial Property Office. With the service navnesok.no anyone with a good idea can check a domain name, company name, and trademark within the same search. This service did not win, but received honourable feedback.

CENTR (Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries) was hosting CENTR Awards for the third time. Projects or individuals who have made a difference in the domain field are rewarded. This year’s winners in six categories were announced during a ceremony in Brussel on 3 October.

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Norid staff change their email addresses on 5 October https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/nye-e-postadresser-5-oktober-en/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:17:16 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=8657 Email addresses are changed from firstname.familyname@uninett.no to firstname.familyname@norid.no

This is what happens:

  • As from 5 October 2017 all Norid employees will have their email address on the format firstname.familyname@norid.no. Additional usernames, for example hmg@uninett.no, will continue as username@norid.no after the transition.
  • firstname.familyname@norid.no will be the sender address for all outgoing email.
  • However, all employees can receive emails to their old addresses after the transition as well.
  • All old emails will be kept.
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Norid in the final for the CENTR Awards https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/norid-i-finalen-i-centr-awards-en/ Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:25:42 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=8496 The service navnesok.no (namesearch), developed by Norid, The Brønnøysund Register Center and The Norwegian Industrial Property Office, is one of three finalists in the category for marketing campaigns in this year’s CENTR Awards. In addition to this special advisor Annebeth B. Lange is nominated in the category «Contributor of the Year» for her contribution in the field of international domains.

CENTR (Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries) is hosting CENTR Awards for the third time. Projects or individuals who have made a difference in the domain field are rewarded. This year’s winners will be announced during a ceremony in Brussel on 3 October.

Considerable contribution to secure top level domains for new countries

Fundamental changes are happening on the domain marked. A thousand new top level domains have been launched during the last couple of years after ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in 2012 allowed anyone who wished to and fulfilled the requirements to register top level domains.

Among the new top level domains there are among other things generic concepts (.top, .club), city names and other geographical terms (.berlin and .amsterdam) and trademarks (.statoil, .bbc).

There are strong conflicts of interest connected to this, and there have been discussions between different interest groups over many years to find working compromises, a discussion that is still ongoing. Norid’s special advisor Annebeth B. Lange has during this process worked to secure that country names and other territories remain a national or local resource. She is now nominated as «Contributor of the Year» for her tireless contribution.

Her message the whole time has been that there should be country codes and country names left for new countries, and that it will be confusing for an ordinary web user if a commercial party for instance could register .norway.

Annebeth B. Lange has worked with internet and domain questions for many years, first in the Norwegian Communications Authority (NKOM), and for the last ten years in Norid. During this whole time she has had an extensive international involvement, and during the last few years especially in connection with the processes surrounding new top level domains.

Simplifies picking a name for entrepreneurs

With the service navnesok.no anyone with a good idea can check a domain name, company name, and trademark within the same search. Previously entrepreneurs had to visit three different websites in order to search the same relevant registers. With navnesok.no it has become easier and quicker to check whether a name is available or in conflict with other names already registered. This check is important to secure personal rights, but also to avoid conflicts where others have the right to a name.

The service also recommends an order for the registration process: The domain name first, then the company name and then any trademark rights. With this order it is possible to avoid others taking a newly registered company name as a domain name.

The Brønnøysund Register Center and The Norwegian Industrial Property Office are both very happy with the nomination. – Even after only a few months, navnesok.no is very frequently used and obviously fills a need, says head of department Bernt Boldvik in The Norwegian Industrial Property Office.

Communications director Mette Siri Brønmo has represented The Brønnøysund Register Center in this collaboration. – This service means a simplification for the users, something we think many have missed, she says.

Norid runs the registry for Norwegian domain names, with logo

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Norid shortlisted in two categories in the CENTR Award competition https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/norid-i-finalen-i-to-kategorier-i-centr-awards-en/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:55:34 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=8277 The service navnesok.no (name search) is on the shortlist in the Marketing Campaign Excellence category. In addition Annebeth B. Lange, Special Adviser at Norid, is nominated as Contributor of the Year for her efforts in international domain policy development.

All together there are 17 candidates on the shortlist divided into five categories. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brussel on 3 October.

Simpler to chose a name for entrepreneurs

With the navnesok.no service someone who wants to start his own business can check domain name, company name, and trademark in one single search on one web page. Earlier, an entrepreneur would have to visit three different search pages at three different entities to be able to check the relevant registers. The process on checking whether a name is available or in conflict with a name already registered has been greatly simplified with the navnesok.no service. This kind of check is important both to secure one’s own rights, as well as to avoid getting into conflicts where others have registered rights to a name.

The service also recommends a set order for the registration process: Domain name first, then company name and trademark. When doing the registrations in this order it is possible to avoid the very unfortunate situation that someone else has grabbed the domain name for a newly registered company, before they have the chance to register it. 

The service is jointly developed by Norid, the Brønnøysund Register Centre and the Norwegian industrial Property Office.

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Ensuring top-level domains for new countries

Annebeth B. Lange is nominated as Contributor of the year for her substantial effort to ensure that country and territory names remain national or local resources in the ongoing global process on new generic top-level domains. The process was initiated in 2012 under ICANN, with the purpose of offering more commercial opportunities in the domain name system by opening for registration of .whatever. Today some 1,200 new generic top-level domains are up and running in addition to the “old” ones, such as .com, .org and the like.

When this process started, Lange was the one who pointed at the need of making exceptions for country and territory names from commercial registration. She has been working tirelessly to ensure that new countries that may be established would have their country code and country name available for registration. She also called attention to the consequences if a commercial actor is permitted to register for example .norway.

Annebeth B. Lange has been working with internet and domain issues for years, starting at the Norwegian Post and Telecommunication Authorities (now the National Communication Authority), and as Head of legal at Norid for the last ten years. Through the years she has had an extensive international commitment, lately especially with the new generic top-level domains process. She is now honoured for her effort with a nomination as Contributor of the year.

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More about the CENTR Awards and the nominations: https://www.centr.org/events/centr-awards.html

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