Post Tagged with: "Dot-Ca"

When Did CIRA Become the Commercial Internet Registration Authority?

Nearly ten years ago, the Government of Canada wrote a letter to the chair of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) that set out the framework for the management of the dot-ca domain.  The government articulated a vision of the dot-ca domain as a "key public resource" and called on CIRA to act in an open and transparent manner.  CIRA has long sought to live up to those standards, but in recent months the organization has shown an unmistakable shift toward prioritizing commercial gain over the public interest along with a troubling move toward secret decision making.

The first sign of this shift came from the decision to effectively terminate plans to create an external, public interest body to address "excess" funds.  Unlike most not-for-profits, CIRA (along with many country-code domain name registries) is a cash machine with millions flowing from the annual renewals of domain name registrations.  Recognizing that CIRA would eventually generate too much money, the board set in motion the prospect of creating a body that could give back some of that money to the Canadian public by supporting Internet-related activities (similar initiatives have been launched by other ccTLDs).  The process included a public consultation, changes to CIRA's by-laws, and board approvals.  Yet two years later, that approach is now seemingly dead – delayed last year due to other fiscal priorities and now (according to board minutes) replaced by "CIRA Labs" of which little is unknown other than it won't surface for at least another year.

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March 24, 2009 10 comments News

Canadian Presence Requirements vs. Canadian Content Requirements

During today's CRTC new media hearing, Chair Konrad von Finckenstein raised the prospect of identifying Canadian content by virtue of a dot-ca domain name.  This possibility has been discussed several times during these hearings, with the Commission apparently hoping that dot-ca domain name registrations can serve as a proxy for […]

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March 10, 2009 10 comments News

Dot-CA Hits One Million Registrations But PQ Not Impressed

CIRA has announced that it has surpassed one million dot-ca domain name registrations.  The Parti Quebecois is apparently not impressed – a member of the National Assembly has launched a petition to create a new dot-qc extension.

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April 16, 2008 12 comments Must Reads

20th Anniversary of the Dot-Ca Domain

The Vancouver Sun reflects on the 20th anniversary of the dot-ca domain and crucial role played by John Demco.

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May 14, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Domain Name Dispute Puts Dot-Ca in the Spotlight

My weekly Law Bytes column (freely available hyperlinked version, Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on the recent Canadian parliamentary discussion on domain name disputes. As discussed about ten days ago, the impetus for governmental interest in domain name disputes and Internet governance is the registration of several domain names bearing the names of sitting Members of Parliament by the Defend Marriage Coalition, an opponent of same-sex marriage legislation.

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June 13, 2005 Comments are Disabled Columns