Date:07 November 2012
Nominet Consultation on direct.uk
With the UK internet economy estimated to be worth £121 billion and growing, security, ease of use and choice are becoming ever more important.
To further support the economic growth of the UK internet, Nominet is holding a three month consultation about the potential introduction of a new service known as direct.uk, which would be specifically designed for businesses that are or want to get online, with a new shorter domain name of internet.uk rather than internet.co.uk.
Proposed key features include; verification to check a registrant has a UK address, daily monitoring for malicious software and viruses, and a digital signature which minimises the risks of a domain name being hijacked. These measures would be supported by a trustmark to give consumers a clear sign that it was a verified domain name.
The potential additional features incorporated in this proposed new product could help to create an even more secure online home for British businesses. They would help to guard against cybercrime, which costs the UK approximately £27 billion per year, and play an important part in creating a trusted space for businesses and consumers.
Nominet is proposing that it would be a new and different service that would sit alongside the already known, respected and trusted options such as .co.uk, .org.uk and me.uk that will remain as an accessible, flexible and vibrant domain name spaces.
This proposal is obviously significant for anyone involved in the .uk namespace, which is why the registry is consulting to ensure all views are taken into account.
You can respond to the consultation either by completing an online form
, by downloading the consultation
and emailing your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by requesting a hard copy of the consultation from email@example.com