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Keeping the .nz domain safe and trusted

The Domain Name Commission and the Department of Internal Affairs have announced that they will work together to ensure safety and trust in the top-level domain name space, .nz, and invite interested parties to a free forum tomorrow.

The organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see them working together to prevent and minimise behaviours threatening a safe, secure and trusted .nz online environment.

Under the MOU, information such as domain name registration, electronic messaging compliance and online restricted publications may be shared between both parties.

Domain Name Commissioner Brent Carey says networks and alliances are very important for oversight agencies and for the safety and security of the internet in general.

“The Domain Name Commission has a role to help keep New Zealanders and their .nz domains safe,” says Carey.

“Online safety is top of mind for many New Zealanders as we spend more and more of our time connected to the Internet. Cooperative efforts will allow us to manage a safer online .nz.”

Jolene Armadoros, Digital Safety Director for the Department of Internal Affairs, said that the DNC’s knowledge and expertise of the .nz environment is critical to DIA’s goal of helping keep New Zealanders safe online.

“Working closely with the DNC helps us identify, disrupt and remove harmful content that targets New Zealanders or abuses our trusted online environment.”

Both organisations share the view that the MOU will result in significant achievements over the next few years in the sphere of trust and confidence and good compliance approaches.

The Domain Name Commission, and parent company InternetNZ, are convening a free one-day Domain Name Abuse Forum tomorrow, facilitating discussions with various organisations that aim to identify issues surrounding domain name safety and security.

Forum attendees will work together to understand the issues and discuss and identify how to best tackle these challenges, including:
Whether or how the .nz domain name space should deal with content abuse, e.g. online shopping and scam websites

How to minimise data quality issues from the .nz domain name space, e.g. fake or invalid registration details

How to minimise and mitigate technical attacks on the .nz domain name space and protect this vital infrastructure.

The Forum takes place from 9.00am to 5.00pm at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace.

Registration is available through the InternetNZ website, along with useful background documents.