The .be-registry (DNS Belgium) was, many years ago, one of the very first registries capable of instantly updating information in their nameservers. So if you registered a new domain name, it would instantly be ready to be found. Many other registries have, also until now, stuck to a system of putting updates in a queue and then publishing the new information every hour or every couple of hours. DNS Belgium is however now also the first registry to stop the instant updates and purposefully introduce a delay.
The Cypriot registry (nic.cy) has released the .cy extension. Registrations under .com.cy were already possible. And from now on it’s also possible to register domain names directly under .cy. Moreover, you no longer have to have a local address to be able to register a Cypriot domain name.
Every 3 months a special ceremony takes place in which new cryptographic “Zone Signing Keys” are being signed, which will be used the next quarter to secure the root DNS zone. These DNSSEC keys are the basis of every DNSSEC-protected domain name. A copy of the “Key Signing Key” required for this, is kept at two secure locations in the US. In order to be able to use it, multiple steps need to be taken during a lengthy ceremony, including the opening of two safes by IANA/ICANN staff. February 12th such a ceremony should have taken place. Since the expected life time of the safes had been reached, IANA had scheduled for them to be replaced. For one of the safes, the expected life time turned out to be extremely accurate: while trying to open it, the lock mechanism refused to cooperate.
It took a while but the release of .gay will officially start this afternoon. The .gay extension has everything to make it: short, powerful, clear and if you register a .gay name, you also do charity at the same time.
As you probably will know, the United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31st 2020. What are the consequences of the Brexit for .domain name registrations? We were kept in the dark for quite a while but so was the .eu registry itself.