Kiwi geeks may not inherit anything yet

While New Zealand's decision to create a new second level domain (2LD) in the form of .geek.nz looks likely to go ahead, its actual implementation may be delayed until much later in the year.

The .geek.nz proposal was accepted by InternetNZ before it imposed a moratorium while reviewing the 2LD creation process.

The .geek.nz proposal has been supported throughout the acceptance process so far and faces one last vote by council tonight. However, newly-elected InternetNZ vice-president David Farrar has questioned the proposal for implementing the name.

"The proponents propose some details of implementation that would be non-standard, specifically that the name servers would be different and would have things like DNSSEC and possibly IPv6."

DNSSEC is an extension to the existing domain name system that adds end-to-end authenticity. The Dutch domain name system runs its .nl name servers on DNSSEC and the proponents of .geek.nz are suggesting the same thing for that 2LD, should it be accepted.

"I'm proposing that we ask the three bodies that will have useful input there, Registry Services, our technical committee and the .nz oversight committee, for advice on this."

Farrar says if his suggestion is accepted, it would delay the implementation of .geek.nz, should it pass the last council vote, until September or October.

Farrar says there are three problems to a non-standard implementation of a 2LD.

"There may be technical issues that need resolving. There are probably contractual issues with the registry company and there are also policy issues to consider at InternetNZ."

Farrar says Registry Services has a contract that guarantees 100% up-time for domain name servers and it will probably need to get assurances over .geek.nz if it wants to run DNSSEC or IPv6. InternetNZ also has to decide whether a non-standard implementation is allowed under its own policies and if not whether those policies will need to be changed.

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