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What's in a (domain) name?

Sarah Putt, Contributor. 04 April 2019, 8:12 pm

Every so often the Domain Name Commission (DNC) pops up and provides an interesting factoid or two about who is registering what in the dot.nz (or more precisely the .nz) space. It is another kind of way to think about who we are as New Zealanders.

On Geek Pride Day last year, for example, we learned about the small but steadfast group of geek.nz domain name holders. According to the DNC they retain their name for longer than most, and 60% of them are registered as individuals, as opposed to organisations. Also, we learned there is such a thing as Geek Pride Day, which is on 25 May this year, if you are interested.

This time around the DNC is focussed on the .school domain name and the quite fascinating stat that 16% of New Zealanders are enrolled in school. If you really think about it that makes a lot of sense, but still it seems like a lot of New Zealanders having to learn their times-tables every day (or whatever it is the kids get taught these days).

"In 2018, this (the population enrolled in school) was well over 800,000 students. While we may think of traditional schools as bricks and mortar, today many schools are also online. It is therefore important that these 800,000 New Zealanders have their own distinctive online presence," writes Caleb Smith, Support Analyst from the Domain Name Commission.

"In February 2019, there were over 3,500 .school.nz domain names registered. Compared to the total number of .nz domain names (well over 700,000) this is a relatively small number. The importance of this space, however, cannot be understated. The .school.nz domain gives Kiwi schools and other educational institutions a unique and clear descriptor for their online presence."

Smith writes that 84% of Kiwi schools use a .school.nz domain name for email, and 82% use it for their website.

"It's clear that there is a strong preference for the .school.nz space among our educational institutions. In general, security practices in the .school.nz domain name space are healthy, and users of .school.nz domain names are more likely to have implemented systems such as HTTPS," he notes.

Registering a .school.nz domain name is similar to registering any other domain, with more information to be found here.

In other news, the DNC is seeking feedback on its first Independent Review, with the consultation beginning today and extending until 6 June 2019. You can find out more information here


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