We’ve just come to the end of the final session at today’s Nominet registrar conference. All-in-all, it’s been an interesting day. The most noteworthy session was probably David Hendon’s keynote (covered in the previous post), and the two panel discussions were expertly moderated by Sarah Montague.

A few points I’ve taken away from the conference today:

  • The .uk domain name industry is more interesting than you might think at first glance. It really is central to the online economy in the UK, and so if you run a website or online business, it’s worth keeping an eye on what’s going on, and how it might effect you.
  • Nobody seems quite sure what the impact of new domain extensions is going to be. One speaker summed it up nicely, saying that if 100 new extensions were created in a year, that’s two land rush periods (where everyone rushes to bag the best domain names) every single week. Quite how sustainable that is, and how new domain extensions will manage to get noticed in that noise are both very good questions.
  • The government is clearly taking a real interest in how Nominet is run. I’ll leave others to comment on that, but it’ll be interesting to see how things develop in the next few months.
  • There’s no doubt that the issues of inappropriate content and online dangers like phishing are things that everyone’s very concerned about. There are loads of ideas about how to counter them, but the general consensus seemed to be that knee-jerk reactions to specific events can cause more harm than good.

I’m off to see if I can meet some interesting people at the drinks reception. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about today’s event.

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