It’s reporting season with our annual report and transparency report due out at the end of this month. At this time it’s important to take a moment to reflect on our partner ecosystem that does so much to help protect .nz from threats.
In Microsoft President Brad Smith’s book, “Tools and Weapons,” he asks the whole community to proactively protect our shared online spaces; the idea that “it takes a village” is a prevalent theme throughout his book.
To protect the .nz online space, which is navigated by a number of people and organisations, that village mentality is what it takes to keep ahead of those who mean to not play by the .nz rules.
The ecosystem is a complex network of varying criminal, contractual, civil and moral standards. A network that is only as strong as its weakest link. That is why it is vital for every participant to lift one another up and for each to do their lawful part to protect and build better services and spaces.
We’ve been well served to mitigate threats in the .nz domain name space by:
Did you know only a fraction of the 720,000 domain names registered have ever been subjected to compliance action measuring below 1 percent of the total register? Most .nz actors are playing by the rules.
We’re grateful to our second level policy moderators, the Department of Internal Affairs Digital Safety team and the Cyber Emergency Response Team for their efforts. Additionally, a special thank you to CERTNZ for being the single largest referrer to us of registration and infrastructure abuse reports this past year. There will be more about our domain name abuse statistics to come in the annual report.
This month we are looking forward to forging closer working relationships with the Registrar of Births Deaths Deaths and Marriages and the Financial Markets Authority. These respective agencies will be helping us to ensure .nz data does not contain any death records and .nz domain names associated with finance and cryptocurrency scams are thoroughly investigated. This takes our MOU holder community to seven. Welcome aboard.
We have a broad range of harms to tackle and a wealth of resources available across the online safety ecosystem. More resources are under development with the arrival of our part-time e-learning specialist role which is timely.
Domain Name Commissioner