Göran Marby Named as ICANN President and CEO

Los Angeles, California… Göran Marby, currently Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and will start in May, 2016.

“I’m delighted to announce Göran as the new head of ICANN,” said Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors. “His leadership experience as a technology CEO and start-up founder as well as his current experience as Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority will be invaluable as ICANN moves towards the next chapter in its history. We conducted an extensive, global search and Göran impressed us all throughout with his shared values, operational experience and understanding of the Internet ecosystem. I’m looking forward to working with him and what I know will be his substantial contribution to ICANN and to helping ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet.”

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Göran Marby brings over 20 years experience as a senior executive in the Internet and technology sector.

Marby is a Swedish citizen, currently living in Stockholm. He and his family will be relocating to Los Angeles, California the location of one of ICANN’s three global hubs.

“I am very excited to be joining ICANN and joining at the start of a new era for the organization and the community,” said Marby. “While I know there is much for me to learn, I am eager to work with ICANN’s multistakeholder community to continue all the good work that ICANN has been doing and am very committed to implementing the community’s decisions – both with respect to the IANA Stewardship Transition, but also in the myriad important areas of ICANN policy development as it fulfills its mission.”

Marby will succeed current President and CEO Fadi Chehadé whose term finishes on March 15, 2016. Marby will join ICANN in May 2016. During this time, Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division will serve as acting CEO.

“I am very grateful to Akram for agreeing to step into this role and providing the continuity and leadership ICANN needs at such an important time,” said Dr Crocker.

Göran Marby has more than 20 years of experience in the Internet and technology sectors. Prior to joining PTS he co-founded AppGate Network Security AB a security software company where he served as CEO between 2002 and 2009 with a focus on international customers and operations.

He has held several other leadership roles in the Internet and technology sectors including as CEO of Cygate a network services company, Country Manager for Cisco in Sweden and as CEO of Unisource Business Networks in Sweden.

Marby holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Gothenburg School Economics.

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

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kate Russell
RMR & Associates Inc.
(301) 230 -0045 x 190
krussell@rmr.com

.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 Launches Numeric Domain Names

Medfield, MA – Friday June 6, 2008 – .NU Domain – manager of the .nu top level domain name – will begin accepting registration of Numeric Domain Names on June 10, for the first time allowing registration of numbers-only .nu domain names – such as 247.nu, 123.nu and 3663.nu (the English word “food” on a phone keypad.)

Initial registration – the “Landrush” – for .NU Domain’s numbers-only domain names will start at 12:01 UTC on June 10, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Numeric Names Service will have two price-classes for numbers-only domain names:

A Premium Numeric Name consisting of just 3 characters (like 212.nu) and a Standard Numeric Name consisting of any combination of numbers and hyphens up to 63 characters long.

On June 10, customers can start applying to register numeric names using any of several authorized .NU domain name registrars throughout the world or at the .NU Domain Ltd website at www.nunames.nu.

“Demand for numbers-only domain names has really taken off in the past year across several top level domains,” said J. William Semich, CEO of .NU Domain. “We expect to see a lot of activity as customers compete to get the combination of numbers they want the most.”

In February, when SIDN, manager of the .NL top level domain in The Netherlands, first began accepting registration of numbers-only domain names, the rush of hopeful registrants almost shut down SIDN’s email-based registration servers. During the first day of open registration of numeric .nl domains (known as the “Landrush”), SIDN received 511,274 competing registrations for just 14,409 unique numeric .nl domain names during the first 24 hours of the Landrush period. See: http://www.sidn.nl.

The cost of .NU Domain’s newly available 3-character Premium Numeric domain names is 100 EU per year and the cost of registering a Standard Numeric .nu domain name for one year is 30 EU.

Names that are five numeric characters long, and certain other numeric names of high public or private interest, including 411.nu, 888.nu and others, will not be released for registration during the June 10 Landrush period. .NU Domain will make them available for registration at a later time.

For more information, please contact:
J. William Semich, .NU Domain Ltd.
bill@nic.nu
http://www.nunames.nu
+1 508 359 5600 ext 104

.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

Niue’s WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone Heta; .NU Domain Calls on Customers to Send Aid

Niue’s WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone’s Devastation

.NU Domain Services, All Located in the US and Europe, Also Still Running Safely and Securely

MEDFIELD, MA, January 19, 2004 – .NU Domain Ltd. today announced the successful restoration of the devastated island of Niue’s Internet link and WiFi services. On January 5th, cyclone Heta, a category 5 cyclone with winds travelling at 300 kph, ripped through the island, destroying everything in its path, including the hospital, hotels, the island’s telecommunications antenna and numerous homes. All electricity and communications links were cut and fuel storage tanks were destroyed, leaving Niueans with no communication capabilities with the rest of the world until last weekend.

Staff of the island’s Internet Users Society (IUS-N), .NU Domain’s charitable foundation set up to maintain free Internet services for the people of Niue, have worked tirelessly to restore the country’s Internet infrastructure since the cyclone hit. IUS-N administrative manager Stafford Guest, who was in New Zealand during the storm, returned to Niue on the first flight available, with replacement equipment for the Internet services and WiFi services.

“Most of the equipment survived,” said IUS-N technical manager, Richard St. Clair. “That’s because we stored it all in a water-tight metal shipping container before the cyclone hit.”

“Some WiFi antennas were lost,” said Emani Lui, who originally installed and tuned the antennas for the WiFi service. “But many have now been repaired or replaced and are functioning normally. (see http://www.niue.nu for more information)

Portions of revenues derived from .NU domain name registrations have funded IUS-N’s activities in Niue since 1997, including development of the Internet infrastructure and training of local staff to manage Niue’s free national Internet link; funding and installation of the world’s only national free WiFi net; as well as paying for computers, text books and sports clothing for the island’s schools.

The cyclone in Niue caused no disruption in .NU Domain’s customers’ domain name servers, web sites and other technical services. .In order to avoid the risks associated with unpredictable and destructive storms of the South Pacific, .NU Domain has always operated its servers and operations in secure professionally managed sites in Europe and the United States.

“We knew it was critical that Niue’s communications infrastructure be rebuilt as quickly as possible. We are proud of the efforts of the team in Niue who have been working since the storm hit to restore Niue’s Internet link,” said J. William Semich, founder and CEO of .NU Domain. “In addition, we are committed to repairing or replacing any damaged or destroyed equipment that .NU Domain has donated to Niue”

.NU Domain is calling on its customers around the world to support the aid effort through the Red Cross’s Pacific Cyclone Relief web fund. “Niue needs help now, and we urge those who want to donate money to support the New Zealand Red Cross relief effort,” said Semich. The New Zealand Red Cross have been active on the island from the start and are delivering clothes, cooking equipment and first-aid kits for those that have been made homeless. The Red Cross Cyclone relief fund can be reached through the link www.redcross.org.nz.
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 at http://www.blogga.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 Service that provides a quick, five-page mini Web site, or URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a 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 e-mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu. A portion of the registration fees for .NU domain names is allocated to pay all the costs of free Internet services in the island of Niue.

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

Niue’s WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone’s Devastation

Niue’s WiFi Internet Survived Cyclone’s Devastation

.NU Domain Services, All Located in the US and Europe, Also Still Running Safely and Securely

MEDFIELD, MA, January 19, 2004 – .NU Domain Ltd. today announced the successful restoration of the devastated island of Niue’s Internet link and WiFi services. On January 5th, cyclone Heta, a category 5 cyclone with winds travelling at 300 kph, ripped through the island, destroying everything in its path, including the hospital, hotels, the island’s telecommunications antenna and numerous homes. All electricity and communications links were cut and fuel storage tanks were destroyed, leaving Niueans with no communication capabilities with the rest of the world until last weekend.

Staff of the island’s Internet Users Society (IUS-N), .NU Domain’s charitable foundation set up to maintain free Internet services for the people of Niue, have worked tirelessly to restore the country’s Internet infrastructure since the cyclone hit. IUS-N administrative manager Stafford Guest, who was in New Zealand during the storm, returned to Niue on the first flight available, with replacement equipment for the Internet services and WiFi services.

“Most of the equipment survived,” said IUS-N technical manager, Richard St. Clair. “That’s because we stored it all in a water-tight metal shipping container before the cyclone hit.”

“Some WiFi antennas were lost,” said Emani Lui, who originally installed and tuned the antennas for the WiFi service. “But many have now been repaired or replaced and are functioning normally. (see http://www.niue.nu for more information)

Portions of revenues derived from .NU domain name registrations have funded IUS-N’s activities in Niue since 1997, including development of the Internet infrastructure and training of local staff to manage Niue’s free national Internet link; funding and installation of the world’s only national free WiFi net; as well as paying for computers, text books and sports clothing for the island’s schools.

The cyclone in Niue caused no disruption in .NU Domain’s customers’ domain name servers, web sites and other technical services. .In order to avoid the risks associated with unpredictable and destructive storms of the South Pacific, .NU Domain has always operated its servers and operations in secure professionally managed sites in Europe and the United States.

“We knew it was critical that Niue’s communications infrastructure be rebuilt as quickly as possible. We are proud of the efforts of the team in Niue who have been working since the storm hit to restore Niue’s Internet link,” said J. William Semich, founder and CEO of .NU Domain. “In addition, we are committed to repairing or replacing any damaged or destroyed equipment that .NU Domain has donated to Niue”

.NU Domain is calling on its customers around the world to support the aid effort through the Red Cross’s Pacific Cyclone Relief web fund. “Niue needs help now, and we urge those who want to donate money to support the New Zealand Red Cross relief effort,” said Semich. The New Zealand Red Cross have been active on the island from the start and are delivering clothes, cooking equipment and first-aid kits for those that have been made homeless. The Red Cross Cyclone relief fund can be reached through the link www.redcross.org.nz.

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 at http://www.blogga.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 Service that provides a quick, five-page mini Web site, or URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a 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 e-mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu. A portion of the registration fees for .NU domain names is allocated to pay all the costs of free Internet services in the island of Niue.

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

 

Source: .NU Domain Ltd