Welsh Economy Secretary Ken Skates wants to follow the lead of Greenpeace and supermarket Iceland.
www.bbc.co.uk | 12/1/18
After the Brexit vote, I wrote that there could be an impact on EU registrants based in the UK.
Over the past year, the UK government has been engaged in negotiations with the EU to navigate the application of Article 50 and the UK's exit from the European Union. While there has been a lot of focus on issues like the customs union and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the eventual departure of the UK from the EU will have a tangible impact on the European digital economy.
In the case of the .eu ccTLD, the situation was unclear. Under the current policies, an individual or organisation needs to have an address in the EU and a couple of neighbouring countries to qualify for registration:
While the UK leaving the EU could be seen as having a clear impact on future registrations of .eu domain names, one would have expected the European Commission not to want to disrupt existing domain names and their registrants. When other domain spaces have updated their policies, they've usually offered some form of "grandfathering" for existing registrations to minimise the negative impact.
However, it appears that the European Commission isn't going to take that approach. In an announcement earlier this week they've made it very clear that they have no intention of allowing existing registrants to keep their EU domain names if they are in the UK.
The document does give a very slight glimmer of hope, but it's only a tiny one. It is hypothetically possible for the UK and EU to reach some form of agreement that would allow for the continued use of .eu domains by UK registrants, but it's looking highly unlikely. Here's the full text of the notice they issued.
As you can see it's highly legalistic and makes lots of references to various bits of legislation and treaties, but the bottom line is summed up in this:
But what about businesses and individuals in Northern Ireland? Under the Irish constitution they're considered in many realms to be entitled to the same rights and entitlements as Irish citizens and residents:
Does this mean that businesses and individuals north of the border will lose their .eu domain names, or is there a chance of some form of derogation for them?
How can registrars and their clients lodge their concerns with the EU about this move?
Is EURid in a position to do anything?
At the moment there are more questions than answers, but what is sure is that the options are not looking anyway positive.
According to the most recent EURid quarterly report registrants in the UK account a significant chunk of the .eu registration base and weigh in as the 4th largest country for .eu registrations behind Germany, Netherlands and France:
Wiping out this number of registrations will have a negative impact on the .eu ccTLD as a whole, as well as a negative impact on many European based businesses serving the registrants of the 300 thousand plus names.
Is this unavoidable?
For now, as I mentioned above, there are more questions than answers.
Disclosure: my company is a .eu accredited registrar and I previously served two terms on the .EU Registrar Advisory Board.
Written by Michele Neylon, MD of Blacknight Solutions
www.circleid.com | 3/29/18
When Iceland's economy buckled under the pressure of a crumbling currency back in 2008, the island instantly became accessible to travelers with a more varied spectrum of budgets.
Now, 10 years later, the nation has experienced an eruption of tourism, as travelers became increasingly exposed to the ethereal — and highly Instagrammable — landscapes of ancient glaciers and rugged fjords.
Prices have duly exploded as well, and the mirage of the inexpensive Scandinavian vacation is no more.
feedproxy.google.com | 2/5/18
The economy of Iceland is small and subject to high volatility. In 2007, gross domestic product was US$12.144bn in total and $38,400 per capita, based on purchasing power parity (PPP) estimates. The financial crisis of 2007–2010 has produced a decline in GDP and employment, although the magnitude of this decline remains to be determined. Iceland has a mixed economy with high levels of free trade and government intervention. However, government consumption is less than in other Nordic countries. In the 1990s Iceland undertook extensive free market reforms, which initially produced strong economic growth. As a result, Iceland was rated as having one of the world's highest levels of economic freedom as well as civil freedoms. As of 2007, Iceland tops the list of nations ranked by Human Development Index and one of the most egalitarian, according to the calculation provided by the Gini coefficient. From 2006 onwards, the economy faced problems of growing inflation and current account deficits. Partly in response, and partly as a result of earlier reforms, the financial system expanded rapidly before collapsing entirely in a sweeping financial crisis. Iceland had to obtain emergency funding from the International Monetary Fund and a range of European countries in November 2008.