Ditch .co.nz say Internet Society members

While international Internet bodies grapple with adding more second-level domains to present ones, some Internet Society members have suggested abolishing second-level domain names altogether in this country.

While international Internet bodies grapple with adding more second-level domains to present ones such as .com and .net, some Internet Society members have suggested abolishing second-level domain names altogether in this country.

Iwi-based Internet service provider Bloggs & Co and its customers would no longer have to worry about whether it is or should be bloggs.iwi.nz, bloggs.co.nz or bloggs.net.nz. It would simply be bloggs.nz.

Some countries, such as the Netherlands, have no second-level domain names. Proponents of the idea suggest that since .nz is on the world scale a very small domain, it could appropriately ditch the second level.

An approproate transitional scheme could be devised, such as giving unique owners of bloggs.(something).nz the right to bloggs.nz.

Leading the charge on the proposal is Perce Harpham, an identity of the 80s and 90s computer scene, fomerly managing director of software and hardware developer Progeni.

Other Isocnz members, however, suggest that rather than removing confusion, the single-level proposal would add to it.

Organisations with conflicting names, such as Paradise the ISP and Paradise Motor Homes would no longer have the option of claiming paradise.net.nz and paradise.co.nz respectively; one would have to be paradise-isp.nz or the like.

Others note that as small as the .nz space is - about per cent of the population of .com - it is growing and this growth, may sooner or later necessitate a re-division into second-level categories.

The suggestion arose in the course of an email discussion on the advisibility of introducing a .maori.nz domain as a contribution to lessening the "digital divide" between Maori and Pakeha. On this point, the members of the society seem evenly divided.

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