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WorldNames, Inc. selects .SE to assume responsibility for registry services

Press release from WorldNames, Inc. and .SE (The internet Infrastructure Foundation)
January 9, 2013

WorldNames, Inc. selects .SE to assume responsibility for registry services of .nu

WorldNames, Inc., the registry operator and manager for the .nu top level domain since 1998, has selected .SE (The internet Infrastructure Foundation), to operate .nu domain’s registry services, including administration and technical operations. The change will not affect holders of .nu domains.

WorldNames will continue to operate its retail domain name registration services at NuNames.nu, which is one of Sweden’s two largest .nu Registrars, according to WorldNames.

”WorldNames reviewed proposals from several established operators of top level domain name Registries over the past several months,” said J. William Semich, WorldNames’ founder and CEO. ”We selected .SE because of its highly proficient and trustworthy technical infrastructure and its dominant presence in the Nordic markets for domain names, particularly in Sweden, which has been the primary market for .nu domains over the past 15 years. Most of the large Registrars in Sweden also have longstanding relationships both with WorldNames and with .SE, which will make for a smooth and straightforward transition.”

The agreement with WorldNames solely means that .SE is responsible for the operation and administration of the .nu top-level domain. The relationship between ICANN (internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and The IUSN Foundation as the delegated manager for the .nu top level domain will remain unchanged.

”I’m both proud and happy that .SE has been given the trust to operate the registry services for .nu, which we will manage with great care. In the nearest future, we will spend our time and resources in preparing for the transition in collaboration with WorldNames and our registrars. Naturally, we will ensure that those involved will get all the information and support necessary,” said Danny Aerts, CEO of .SE.

The date for the transition is not yet determined. More information will follow in early 2013.

For more information, please contact:

J. William Semich, CEO of WorldNames, Inc.
Phone +1 508 359 5600 ext. 110
Email: bill@nic.nu

Danny Aerts, CEO of .SE
Phone: +46 709 90 54 89
Email: danny.aerts@iis.se

Maria Ekelund, Head of Communications
Phone: + 46 70 777 44 87
Email: maria.ekelund@iis.se

About WorldNames, Inc.

WorldNames Inc., a US-based private company with operations located in the US, Sweden and Northern Europe, makes a business of registering internet domains and web addresses through its flagship product, the .NU domain, at www.nunames.nu. Since its beginnings in 1998, WorldNames Inc. has continued to be recognized as a secure, technically proficient and innovative company with long-standing participation in the internet’s leading technical and policy-shaping bodies.

About .SE

.SE (The internet Infrastructure Foundation) is an independent public-service organization that acts to promote the positive development of the internet in Sweden. .SE is responsible for the internet’s Swedish top-level domain, .se, encompassing domain-name registration, and the administration and technical operation of the national domain name registry. Proceeds from domain-name registrations are used to finance initiatives that promote the development of the internet in Sweden, through proprietary operations and the financing of independent projects. www.iis.se

.NU Domain Receives Top Ranking for Robust Anti-Phishing Practices

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.NU Domain Achieves Top Ranking for Robust Anti-Phishing Practices
WorldNames, Inc. (formerly known as .NU Domain Ltd), the Global Manager of the .NU Domain, Receives High Ranking from Independent Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)
MEDFIELD, MA– May 19, 2011 — WorldNames, Inc., the global manager of the .NU Top Level Domain (TLD), received top ranking for effective anti-phishing take-down practices in April. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) recognized the technology and policy leader in its report: Global Phishing Survey: Trends and Domain Name Use in 2H2010. This ranking comes as a result of the innovative and effective anti-phishing practices that WorldNames has put into place across the .NU domain over the past several years.

Phishing is a pervasive Internet criminal activity that involves fraudulent spam emails from sites masquerading as legitimate sources, such as banks or financial institutions, in an attempt to acquire sensitive, personal information. The APWG’s phishing repository is the Internet’s most comprehensive archive, and its most recent data suggest at least 67,677 phishing attacks took place worldwide in the second half of 2010. Furthermore, these attacks took place on 42,624 unique domain names, with concentrated attacks focused on specific TLDs (60 percent of the total occurring on .COM, .CC, .NET, and .ORG). Eighty-nine percent of malicious domain registrations were made across four top-level domains (TLDs) including .COM, .TK, .NET, and .INFO.

The data used to compile the survey results clearly revealed .NU in the top echelon of secure TLDs.  It had one of the lowest incidences of phishing schemes across the namespace (2.5 phishing attacks for every 10,000 domains).  The survey data revealed that whenever WorldNames detected phishing schemes within its network of domains, it shut down these fraudulent sites within just 30 hours of discovering them.

WorldNames implemented these innovative, anti-phishing take-down practices in 2007, making .NU the first TLD to do so. To ensure effective security measures, WorldNames’ technical staff continues to monitor .NU’s sites 24 hours a day and immediately shuts down any that may present evidence of phishing activities.

“We are excited about .NU’s high ranking for security and anti-phishing practices, particularly when compared to other global TLDs, including those in the Northern European as well as the Pacific regions,” WorldNames President J. William Semich says. “.NU is proud to have been a trailblazer in the implementation of an innovative take-down system to alert technical teams to potential phishing and fraudulent actions within our namespace.  We continue to closely monitor these activities to ensure .NU remains secure and safe throughout.”

About WorldNames, Inc. (formerly known as .NU Domain Ltd)

WorldNames, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based company that registers Internet domains and web addresses through its flagship product, the .NU domain. A country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD), .NU offers a wide range of attention-getting Web addresses in English and European languages. Since its beginnings in 1997, WorldNames, Inc. established itself as a secure, technically proficient and reputable company with important connections between all of the major Internet governing bodies. With domain operations located in the U.S., Sweden and Northern Europe, WorldNames, Inc. also funds the IUSN Foundation (formerly known as the Internet Users Society—Niue), a charitable nonprofit, which is a recognized leader in Internet governance. IUSN funds the Internet and WiFi services, along with related training and education, for the South Pacific island nation of Niue, whose country code domain designation is .NU. To learn more about WorldNames, Inc., visit nunames.nu.

.NU Domain Expands Free Blog Service With RSS-News Service

Free News For .NU Domain Bloggers

Medfield, MA – June 15, 2005 -The .NU Domain Ltd today announced that its free blogging service now includes the capability for RSS-news feeds (Really Simple Syndication). With this new offering, .NU Domain customers can offer readers of their Blogs continuous alerts of any new Blog postings, available directly on their web browsers via an RSS-feed – all for free.

.NU Domain’s free blogging service and development tools allow customers to quickly and simply publish Blogs on the net (a Blog is a realtime journal or diary). With .NU Domain’s free blogging service, users can even use their cell phones to post to or read their Blogs from the road, using any e-mail client or their cell phone’s Web browser or WAP gateway.

“Rupert Murdoch was right when he said that people will no longer accept news packages being served up to them by a handful of ‘News Gods’. The news flow from Blogs is much more free and open and can bring you exactly the information you want from different sources,” said J. William Semich, founder and CEO of .NU Domain. Semich created the Internet’s first commercial daily news feed website, PlugIn Datamation, in 1994.

The .NU blog service with RSS is free for all users of .NU domain names. .NU domain also offers a stand-alone blogging service for a nominal cost of $15 per year including registration of a .NU domain name.

For existing holders of .NU domain names, the free blogging site is reached via a third level domain above the “Blogga.NU” domain. If the customer’s registered domain name is “heaven.nu”, for example, the customer’s .NU blog site can be found at “heaven.blogga.nu.” The free blogging service includes pre-built home page templates, password protection, image uploading (150k limit) and the possibility to design your own logo and html-templates.

.NU Domain was the first blogging service provider to offer moblogging, where blogs can be viewed and updated using a mobile phone. The free blogging service is available to .NU domain name holders for as long as their .NU domain name is active.
About .NU Domain Ltd
.NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, is the leading commercial Top Level Domain Name Registry serving Northern Europe. It is also the only Top Level Domain in the world that can support the complete UNICODE international character set in Web addresses, using its unique patent-pending technology. .NU Domain Ltd targets international end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market.

Besides its free blogging service for customers at http://www.blogga.nu, .NU Domain Ltd also offers free domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, and, for a small annual fee, the .NU InstantWeb Service which provides a quick, five-page mini Web site with blog pages, or URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a Yahoo, AOL or other personal Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu.

Contacts:
J. William Semich
NU Domain Ltd
+1 508/359-5600
bill@nic.nu

Laura MacSweeney
MacSweeney PR
781 395 6420
lmacsweeney@comcast.net


.NU Domain Streamlines Processes and Reduces Costs for Registrars

PRESS RELEASE

.NU Domain Streamlines Processes and Reduces Costs for Registrars

.NU Domain Leads the Way with Implementation of New Standard

MEDFIELD, MA, January 27, 2005 – .NU Domain is among the first Country-Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) to offer its registrars the new standard Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP). The implementation of this standard provides registrars the ability to use a single interface for all TLD registries and streamlines integration processes, thus reducing registrars’ costs. The Internet organization ICANN, which oversees the Internet’s domain name system, now requires all generic top domains, such as .com, .net, .org, to adapt to EPP.

“EPP is a very important standard for the management of domain names as it eliminates manual routines. We believe we can cut our costs for domain names by 10 to 20 percent, which will also benefit .NU Domain customers,” said Sam Nurmi, CEO of Sweden’s third largest web hotel, Loopia, which has successfully tested .NU Domain’s new EPP interface. “Once again .NU Domain is leading the way with a technical solution that is years ahead of Nic-Se.”

Previously, there were no recognized standards for the systems that web page resellers and registrars use for their interaction with top level domain systems. The standards body, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), finalized a new protocol, Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) for top domains in March 2004. ICANN now requires all generic (non-geographic or country code) top level domains to adopt EPP. Generic top level domains .org, .info and .biz already have the protocol in use, while .com and .net have started to adapt.

“Although ICANN has not stipulated that the ccTLDS must adapt to EPP, the expected financial savings will drive the registrar’s demand for EPP adoption by all popular ccTLDs,” said, William, J. Semich, president of .NU Domain. “The ccTLD registries of Poland .PL and the Netherlands .NL are in the process of implementing EPP.”

EPP is defined on the IETF home page: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3731.txt?number=3731
ICANN’s requirements for generic top-domains can be found on: http://www.icann.org/registries/agreements.htm

For more information, please contact Support at payments@nic.nu

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd, is a US-based private corporation located in Medfield, MA. .NU Domain is the leading commercial Top Level Domain Name Registry serving Northern Europe. It is also the only Top Level Domain in the world that can support the complete UNICODE international character set in live Web addresses without requiring the use of browser plug-ins or other changes to customer systems, using its unique patent-pending technology.

Besides its free blogging service for customers at http://www.blogga.nu, .NU Domain Ltd also offers free domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, and, for a small annual fee, the .NU InstantWeb Service which provides a quick, five-page mini Web site with blog pages, or URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a Yahoo, AOL or other personal Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu.

Contacts:

J. William Semich
.NU Domain Ltd
508-359-5600
bill@nic.nu

Laura MacSweeney
MacSweeney PR
781 395 6420
lmacsweeney@comcast.net

First Country Code Domain Name Trademark Dispute To Be Administered By WIPO

First Country Code Domain Name Trademark Dispute To Be Administered By WIPO

Expedia, Inc. Requests Arbitration and Mediation for Expedia.nu with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

MEDFIELD, Mass., March 22, 2000 — .NU Domain Ltd (www.nunames.nu) announced today that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center is administering the first domain name dispute of a Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) ever. The dispute involves the domain name expedia.nu, which has been registered with a company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Expedia, Inc., which owns the trademark for the word expedia, has challenged the Swedish based company’s registration of the domain name expedia.nu with .NU Domain Ltd.

“As a registrar of domain names for the international community, we believe it is critical for a neutral organization to mediate any trademark disputes,” said J. William Semich, president and founder of .NU Domain Ltd, one of the fastest growing domain names on the Internet. “The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is recognized internationally as a leading institution providing administrative services to facilitate the resolution of international intellectual property and commercial disputes.”

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s domain name dispute resolution services give effect to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on August 26, 1999 and the Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, approved by ICANN on October 24, 1999. The .NU Domain Ltd announced adoption of the UDRP for all .NU registrations in October of 1999 and recently retained the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center as one of its dispute resolution service providers.

“This case represents the first ccTLD domain name case filed with the Center,” said Francis Gurry, Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. “As country-code administrators, .NU Domain clearly understands the importance of the Policy for reducing intellectual property infringements in the country code-top level domains. We hope that others will follow their lead in supporting the UDRP.”

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s. (NASDAQ:NSOL) “.com” domain name. The company is focused on serving end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process.

The .NU domain is the fastest growing Top Level Domain (TLD) on the Internet. It has registered nearly 60,000 .NU domain names on the Internet during the past 24 months. .NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it. Find further information about .NU and other services that the company provides at: www.nunames.nu

Current .NU customers are located in dozens of countries throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Canary Islands, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia, in addition to the United States. The list of registered .NU names ranges from addresses for large corporations such as the International Data Group (www.idg.nu) and the Coca-Cola Company (www.coca-cola.nu) to smaller organizations such as the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr (www.SodraKarr.nu).

.NU Domain is a trademark of .NU Domain Ltd All others companies and products are trademarks of their respective companies.

Internet Pioneer and Former IETF Chair Dr. Paul Mockapetris Joins .NU Domain as Technical Advisor

Internet Pioneer and Former IETF Chair Dr. Paul Mockapetris Joins .NU Domain as Technical Advisor

Board of Advisors to Guide .NU Domain into the Next Millennium

Medfield, MA, November 1, 1999 — .NU Domain Ltd (www.nunames.nu), one of the fastest growing Top Level Domains (TLDs) on the Internet, announced today that Dr. Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), has joined .NU Domain as Technical Advisor. The company also announced that Internet business executive, Tom Ziola, intends to join its Board of Advisers as Business Advisor.

As Technical Advisor, Dr. Mockapetris will help guide the build-out of .NU Domain’s technology and infrastructure to make it a leading TLD Registry services provider and domain name Registrar. “The goal is to build a system that can compete on service and technology with Network Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: NSOL), and is second to none for innovation,” said .NU Domain President J. William Semich. “Paul Mockapetris is one of only a handful of people with the ability to help do that.”

Dr. Mockapetris is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Urban Media Communications. He has held numerous top-level positions in successful Internet businesses including CTO for Cerent/Siara, CTO for Software.com, advisor to Ipivot, Director of Engineering for @Home, Director of the HPCC Division at USC/Information Sciences Institute, and Program Manager for Networking at ARPA.

During his career in networking, Dr. Mockapetris has developed many of the key technologies of the Internet. Dr. Mockapetris wrote the first implementation of Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), was the creator of the Domain Name System (DNS), and was its first implementor.

Dr. Mockapetris has a long record of service to the Internet community, including Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), membership on the US Federal Networking Advisory Council, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and Chair of the IESG. He received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

“.NU Domain has done a lot of things right over the past two years,” said Dr. Mockapetris. “And I’m pleased to have this opportunity to help them move to the next level.”

“Paul brings unmatched breadth and depth of knowledge in DNS technology and experience in Internet governance to his advisory role at .NU,” said Semich. “With his guidance, and that of other members of our Board of Advisers, we will be ready for the rapid acceleration in growth we foresee in the year 2000.”

In his role as Business Advisor to the .NU Domain, Mr. Ziola will help advise the Company on business strategy and managing future growth opportunities. Mr. Ziola has 15 years experience in venture capital, high-tech start-ups, and Internet services. He is currently Director of Business Development at Microsoft/WebTV. During his career he has successfully guided a number of high-tech and Internet start-ups through the challenges of initial launch, capital fundraising, and high-growth. He has also worked with established technology, media, and network services companies in the US and internationally. Mr. Ziola has a Stanford MBA, and degrees from both Harvard and Brown Universities.

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s. (Nasdaq:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU domain is one of the fastest growing TLDs on the Internet.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from names registered by large corporations including, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu to personal sites like the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr at www.sodrakarr.nu and the Leonardo DiCaprio fan site, www.dicaprio.nu.

.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb™ Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.

.NU Domain Announces Policy To Protect Customers’ Privacy

.NU Domain Announces Policy To Protect Customers’ Privacy

.NU Domain Privacy Policy Restricts Personal Info in Whois Database

Medfield, MA, October 25, 1999 – The .NU Domain Ltd (www.nunames.nu), one of the fastest growing Top Level Domain (TLD) names on the Internet, today announced its Privacy Policy, which protects the personal information of its customers by keeping the data on its Whois database, private. Whois is commonly used to search for domain names and determine if they are available to register or not.

“When the domain name registration systems were initially set up, domain name registrants were generally corporations or research and educational institutions,” said J. William Semich, President and Founder of .NU Domain Ltd. “Now millions of private individuals, and not companies, are registering the majority of domain names. And many of these users are under the age of 18. Policies need to be established to protect these individuals from spam, or from harassment and stalking, by anonymous people who gather personal information from publicly accessible Whois databases.”

Under .NU Domain’s Privacy Policy, only a domain name, its status and the date of its registration is made available via the .NU public Whois database at whois.nic.nu. Additional information about .NU Domain names – including technical contact information and a contact email address for the domain name holder – can still be obtained at the .NU registration site, using the .NU Domain’s registration database search engine. But this information can not be obtained in an anonymous manner, nor be scanned using automated Whois capture software.

.NU Domain’s private Whois data policies contrast to Network Solutions’ (NASDAQ: NSOL) Whois database, which makes all the personal and technical contact information about holders of .com, .org, .net and .edu publicly available. With Network Solutions’ Whois database, the domain name holder’s name, personal residence and telephone number is all publicly displayed. Other Registrars for .com, .net and .org also make this personal information available via their Whois database.

“We understand that there may be need for trademark holders or law enforcement agencies or other officials to access information regarding a domain name holder and we have established a policy for providing access when necessary,” continued Semich.

Under the .NU Domain Privacy Policy, if someone such as a law enforcement organization or a trademark attorney, needs contact information about a domain name holder, the person is required to submit a statement to .NU Domain Ltd identifying who they are, and why they need the information, before private information is provided to them. If they can not justify a valid need for this information, the information is withheld.

“We believe that anonymous persons should not be able to have open access to all information about anyone who has registered a .NU Domain name,” added Semich. “We have a requirement that all contact information about a domain name holder must be valid and verifiable. But by not protecting our customers’ privacy, we are making it difficult for many of them to comply.”

As an example, when a recent registrant for a .NU Domain name who registered the name for a Teen Rock and Roll Fan site provided unverifiable contact information for the name, it was deactivated and put on “hold” status while the customer was asked for valid information. The customer – a 15-year old teenager – declined to do so in order to protect her privacy. Under these new terms, the customer has agreed to comply and has provided full contact information for the domain name.

About .NU Domain Ltd

. NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions’ (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU Domain is the fastest growing TLD on the Internet.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of countries throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

The list of registered .NU Domain names ranges from personal sites, like the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr at http://www.sodrakarr.nu and the Leonardo DiCaprio fan site, www.dicaprio.nu to names registered by large corporations including entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu.

.NU Domain Ltd offers .NU InstantWeb™ Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site, and E-Mail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.

.NU Domain Ltd’s President Appointed To ICANN’s DNSO Names Council

.NU Domain Ltd’s President, J. William Semich, Appointed To ICANN’s DNSO Names Council

Medfield, MA, August 4, 1999 — .NU Domain Ltd (www.nunames.nu), the fastest growing Top Level Domain (TLD) name on the Internet, announced today that its president and chief executive officer, J. William Semich, has been appointed to the Names Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO). Semich was appointed to represent the Asia Pacific ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain) constituency members. He is one of only three ccTLD appointments to the 18 member Names Council.

The DNSO is one of three Supporting Organizations called for in the ICANN Bylaws. The DNSO advises the ICANN Board on all Domain Name System (DNS) policy issues –the system of names commonly used to identify Internet locations and resources. The domain name system translates easy-to-remember web and email addresses (like www.icann.org) into unique numeric IP addresses that have been assigned to specific computers on the Internet.

“We have been to all of the ICANN meetings since the birth of ICANN and have been a keen observer of Bill Semich’s intense and invaluable efforts in assisting the Internet community to try to define itself and move forward,” said Clive Flory, General Manager, Melbourne IT and Administrator of the com.au ccTLD domain space for Australia. “Bill has been at the forefront of all the debates and has provided direction and some vision to the Internet community. We have been grateful for Bill’s involvement in the debate and for the great pragmatism he brings to the discussions. We believe that the broad Internet community and in particular the ccTLD Administrators are indebted to his very generous efforts in helping to define and manage the future of the Internet.”

“We are pleased that Bill Semich has been appointed to a leadership role in this important Internet organization,” said Stafford Guest, Secretary/Treasure of the Internet User’s Society in Niue. “It is a great honor for Niue that the leading ccTLD managers in Asia selected him to represent them in this august Internet body.” The .NU domain has been very beneficial to the island of Niue, he added. .NU Domain Ltd and its parent organization, the Internet Users Society – Niue (IUS-N), provide free Internet services to all the residents of the Polynesian island-nation of Niue.

The Names Council acts as a steering committee for the DNSO and is responsible for managing consensus and making recommendations to the ICANN Board regarding TLDs, including operation, assignment and management of the domain name system and other related subjects, as well as the selection of ICANN Directors. The next meeting of the Names Council will be at the ICANN meeting in Santiago, Chile, August 24-26, 1999.

Mr. Semich serves as the .NU Domain Ltd’s president and CEO. Prior to his role at .NU Domain Ltd, Semich was Executive Editor of WebWeek/InternetWorld, Mecklermedia’s weekly newspaper on the Internet. Before that he was Editor in Chief of Cahners Publishing’s Datamation Magazine, winner of the Computer Press Association’s “Best Technical Magazine” awards for 1994. Semich founded and built Datamation’s Website, PlugIn Datamation, which received the prestigious Neal award for editorial excellence in 1996 in the New Media Category.

Before joining Cahners, Semich was founder and president of Boston Management Sciences, Inc., a financial management systems consulting firm who’s principal practice was in public finance.

Semich holds a masters in money and banking/corporate finance from Tufts University and a BA with Distinction in English from Boston University.

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd., an US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s. (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU domain is the fastest growing TLD on the Internet. It has registered over 42,000 .NU domain names on the Internet during the past 20 months and registrations of .NU domain names have doubled in the past six months.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address, and .NU InstantWeb Plus which is a complete Web package, including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and E-Mail forwarding capabilities. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu.

Contacts:
J. William Semich
.NU Domain Ltd
+1 508/359-5600
bill@nic.nu

Laura MacSweeney
MacSweeney PR
781 395 6420
lmacsweeney@comcast.net

Source: .NU Domain Ltd

Polynesian Premier Invites Swedish .NU Domain Vacation Winner to View the Last Sunset of 1999

Polynesian Premier Invites Swedish .NU Domain Vacation Winner to View the Last Sunset of 1999

Tiny Island-Nation of Niue, Just Miles from International Dateline in the South Pacific, is Last Place in the World to Usher Out the Millennium

ALOFI, NIUE, POLYNESIA and SHERBORN, MA, April 13, 1999 – Sani Lakatani, the Premier of the South Pacific island-nation of Niue, today announced that Mr. Patrik Algotsson of Sweden is the winner of the .NU Domain’s 1999 Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest.  Mr. Algotsson registered sodrakarr.nu (http://www.sodrakarr.nu) as the web site for the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr.  Mr. Algotsson, who plays centerfield for the team and is co-owner of the Internet consulting firm Doberman Digital Agency in Karlskroma, Sweden, will receive a $10,000 ten-day expense-paid vacation for two in the Polynesian island of Niue (http://www.visit.nu).

Niue is the country associated with the two-letter “.NU” Top Level Domain (TLD), which is the fastest growing TLD in the world (http://www.nunames.nu).

Premier Lakatani invited Mr. Algotsson and a guest to schedule their free vacation to coincide with a NU Millennium New Year’s celebration in Niue.  “I’m inviting the winners to be one of only a few people in the world to see the last sunset of 1999,” he said.  Niue is only about 100 miles from the International Dateline, and will be virtually the last place on earth where the sun will set on the second Millennium, ushering in a NU Millennium with the year 2000.

The Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest was jointly sponsored by .NU Domain Ltd, the only competitor to Network Solutions Inc.’s (NASDAQ NSOL) “.COM” Top Level Domain (TLD), and by the Internet Users Society – Niue (Internet Niue), the island nation’s nonprofit Internet Service Provider.

“Although Niue is one of the smallest nations in the world, it is also one of the worlds most beautiful scuba diving destinations, with miles of unspoiled coral and clear waters,” said Premier Lakatani, “and has excellent dolphin and whale watching opportunities.  The winners are in for an exciting experience.”

Premier Lakatani, who also serves as Minister of Tourism for Niue, said he expects the exposure given to Niue by the Polynesian Vacation Giveaway contest will help promote Niue as a preferred tropical vacation spot throughout the world.  “We don’t have millions of dollars to spend on promoting our wonderful island,” he said, “but we believe the increasing popularity and visibility of the .NU Domain name on the Internet will help tourists worldwide get to know us better.” During the contest period, .NU Domain Ltd purchased over 50 million banner ad impressions promoting the contest on leading Internet Web sites including AltaVista.com, GeoCities.com and Lycos.com

“The international response from this contest has been astonishing,” said J. William Semich, president and CEO of .NU Domain Ltd, the exclusive registry for the .NU domain name.  “We doubled our monthly registration rate during the event, and now have nearly 35,000 .NU domain names active on the Internet.”

“This successful contest has brought us another step forward in our goal to become the second largest TLD in the world,” he added.  .NU is already the third largest TLD in the Asia Pacific region, just behind Australia and Japan (http://www.domainstats.com/)

Mr. Algotsson receives an all-expense paid 10-day (9-nights) vacation trip for two to the island of Niue in the South Pacific, 1,200 miles northeast of New Zealand.  Mr. Algotsson and his guest will stay at the exclusive Matavai Resort in Niue, http://www.nunames.nu/visitniue/matavai.htm, and will be able to sample a wide range of exotic island foods, as well as spend days scuba diving (http://www.dive.nu), deep water fishing and exploring Niue’s coral caves and rain forests.

“I am thrilled about winning this fabulous vacation,” said Algotsson “The tranquility of the island combined with the water sports activities makes Niue a perfect place to vacation.” Algotsson created his web site for fans of the Södra Kärr floor ball team.  Fans can follow the team’s progress as well as monitor their matches online at http://www.sodrakarr.nu which broadcasts the matches play by play.  The English translation of the Södra Kärr’s Web site URL is “The South Swampers Now,” since the Swedish word “NU” means “NOW” in English.

Thousands of Swedish Web sites have started using the .NU Domain name in order to take advantage of that meaning.  “The .NU Domain name is becoming very popular in Sweden,” said Algotsson, “because it has a really cool meaning and stands out and gets noticed.  It’s much more interesting for a sports site or a small business like mine than using “.ORG” or “.COM.”

The 1999 Polynesian Vacation Giveaway winner was randomly selected from registrants of all currently active .NU Domains as well as thousands of entries received during the contest period, which ran from December 15, 1998 to March 31, 1999.  Users who either registered or renewed a .NU domain name at .NU Domain Ltd’s web site or through any .NU Domain Ltd registered partner were automatically qualified for the 1999 Polynesian Dream Vacation giveaway.  (See http://www.nunames.nu/contest/rules.htm for the contest rules)

Rising roughly 200 feet above the sea, partially covered with rain forest and dotted with caves and grottoes, the island of Niue is not only one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls, it’s one of the world’s smallest self-governing nations.  This tiny island, which sits in the South Pacific just south of Samoa and west of the Cook Islands, is known as “The Rock of Polynesia” by its regional neighbors and simply as “The Rock” by the 2,000 Niueans who live there.

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd., a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name.  The .NU Domain Ltd.  targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process.  The .NU domain is the fastest growing TLD on the Internet.  It has registered about 35,000 .NU domain names on the Internet during the past 20 months and registrations of .NU domain names have doubled in the past six months.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from personal sites like the Black Velvet Dart Team in Sweden at http://www.blackvelvet.nu to names registered by large corporations including Dell Computer Corporation at http://www.dell.nu, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at http://www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at http://www.renault.nu, Visa International at http://www.visa.nu, International Data Group Corp.  at http://www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at http://www.coca-cola.nu, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  at http://www.goodyear.nu, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, http://www.pricewaterhousecoopers.nu, Hasbro, Inc. and Netscape Communication’s Corp.

.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address, and .NU InstantWeb Plus which is a complete Web package, including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and E-Mail forwarding capabilities.  You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu.

.NU Domain Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy For Spamming, Blasts Network Solutions for its Pro-Spam Policies

.NU Domain Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy For Spamming, Blasts Network Solutions for its Pro-Spam Policies

Fastest Growing Top Level Domain Vows to Revoke Domain Names of Spammers

Alofi, Niue, Polynesia, April 6, 1998 – The .NU Domain, the fastest growing Top Level Domain (TLD) name on the Internet, today announced a Zero-Tolerance Policy for spamming, that includes instant ISP source location on any spammers and the revoking of domain names for customers who spam. Unlike the ubiquitous .com domain, which provides easy access for spam abusers, the .NU Domain has instituted an aggressive antispamming policy and will not tolerate spamming with its domain names.

J. William Semich, president of the .NU Domain called on Network Solutions Inc. (NSI), the sole registrar for the .com, .net and .org domains, to take speedy action to implement its own antispam policies, and to require payment in advance for all domain name registrations. Currently Network Solutions has no such antispam policy for revoking domain names registered under .com, .net or .org.

“The biggest spammers and the grossest abusers all use .com and .net because they can register anonymously, never have to pay anything to set up shop, and can easily register another name at no cost once their previous domain name has been listed in the Internet’s spam filters,” Semich said

“If NSI had taken a strong stand against spam three years ago, the problem likely wouldn’t exist today,” Semich continued.

When registering a .com domain name there is effectively no verification requirement by NSI for a valid user name, email address or other contact information. In practice, NSI also permits users of its domains to enter invalid name server information and, as part of its registration process, gives spammers a permanent domain name address on the Internet by permanently registering name server host names into the Internet’s Root Server system. NSI also still does not require its customers to pay in advance for a registration, which would at least assure entry of some kind of valid payment or credit card information with the registration. Since there is no way for Internet users who have been spammed to track the true owner of such a domain name, it is easy for spammers to use the .com domain to propagate bulk email and other spam anonymously.

As part of its antispam policy, the .NU Domain offers users who have been spammed instant access to the spammer’s ISP information despite any domain name cloaking efforts by the spammer. An online real-time search engine at the .NU web site (http://www.nunames.nu) provides a surefire mechanism to locate the spammer, identify its ISP, and validate the spammer’s email address. If any of this required information is revealed to be invalid or false, the domain name is revoked. Even if all the information is correct, spammers who use the .NU domain for sending or receiving a response to spam or for a spam-focused Web hosting service, will also loose their right to a .NU Domain name.

The .NU Domain’s Zero-Tolerance Policy has already been tested and implemented. The domain name e-marketing.nu was revoked by the .NU Domain for serving as Web host, email service and domain name server for several spam sites. The .NU domain names that have been revoked due to spam are put on indefinite hold, making it impossible for the spammer to just re-register the domain name under another user name.

Additionally, the .NU Domain’s .NU Shared Registry, the Internet’s first active International TLD Shared Registry, has implemented an antispamming policy, that prohibits its partners from using spam to promote services. Partners must also agree to abide by the .NU Domain’s overall antispam policies as well.

About The .NU Domain Ltd The .NU Domain is the fastest growing Top Level Domain on the Internet. With technical support and offices in the US and in the Island of Niue, it has registered over 9,800 domain names since becoming active on the Internet’s root servers just a few months ago. The .NU Domain offers a robust but low-cost alternative to the .com domain name in an international model which targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

In January, the .NU Domain announced availability of the .NU Shared Registry, the Internet’s first active International TLD Shared Registry. The .NU Shared Registry now has over 30 partners world wide.

The .NU Domain also offers the .NU InstantWeb Service which provides a complete Web package, including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and e-mail forwarding capabilities for $49.95. The .NU InstantWeb Forwarding service offers a simple distinguishable .NU Domain name to the millions of AOL, GeoCities and other customers who have unrecognizable Web site names. You can visit The .NU Domain on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.