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The domain name is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. It is intended for use by individuals for representation of their personal name, nicknames, screen names, pseudonyms, or other types of identification labels. The top-level domain was founded by Hakon Haugnes and Geir Rasmussen and initially delegated to Global Name Registry in 2001, and become fully operational in January 2002. Verisign was the outsourced operator for .name since the .name launch in 2002 and acquired Global Name Registry in 2008. Subdomains of name may be registered at the second-level (john.name) and the third-level (john.doe.name). It is also possible to register an e-mail address of the form john@doe.name. Such a registration may require another address as destination. The second-level domain of third-level subdomains is shared, and may not be registered by individuals. When the TLD name was first launched, only third-level registrations and forwarded e-mail addresses were available. Second-level registrations became available in January 2004. The original intended structure of domain names was first.last.name, so that individuals could get a domain corresponding to their name. The purpose of this sharing of second-level names was to ensure that the highest number of people possible could get an email address that included their last name. This sharing did not impact any other people with the same last name, and research by Global Name Registry showed that a majority of the world's population does not have an overlapping firstname–lastname combination. In November 2009, internationalized domain names (IDNs) became available for second and third level domain names. IDNs are domain names that are represented by user applications in the native character set of a language. The WHOIS service for name is available at whois.nic.name. Domain name registrations are available from accredited ICANN registrars. In late September 2007, security researchers accused Global Name Registry of harboring hackers by charging fees per WHOIS lookup. The policy of selling detailed registration info about domains in name for US$2 each was criticized as hindering community efforts to locate and clean up malware-spreading hosts, zombies, and botnet control servers located in name. The registry, however, offers unlimited free lookups through the free Extensive Whois access program.
{{TLD| |logo = Name Logo.png |status = Active |manager = [[Verisign]] |country = International |stringcontention = |registryprovider = Verisign |date = November, 2000 |type = [[gTLD]] |community = |keypeople = }} '''.name''' is a [[gTLD|generic top level domain name]] in the [[Root Zone|root zone]] of the Internet's [[DNS|Domain Name System]] (DNS). It is designed to provide a name space for individuals who want to use their names, nicknames, or screen names to denote their blogs, websites, profession or business. [[Verisign]] is the [[registry]] operator of .name.[http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/products-and-services/domain-name-services/registry-services/name-domain-names/index.xhtml www.verisigninc.com] ==Background== During the early years of ICANN's establishment, one of the main activities of the organization was the development of new TLDs. The [[DNSO|Domain Name Supporting Organization]] (DNSO) was delegated to conduct a development process for the introduction of new TLDs and protection of popular trademarks. On July 16, 2000, the [[ICANN Board]] adopted a policy for the introduction of new TLDs.[http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/prelim-report-16jul00.htm#00.46 July 16, 2000 ICANN Yokohama Meeting] By August, ICANN issued the new TLD application process wherein proposals to sponsor or operate new TLDs were received from September 5 to October 2, 2000.[http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/application-process-03aug00.htm New TLD Application Process Overview] Eventually, on November 16, 2000, '''.name''' was one of the seven new TLDs selected by the ICANN Board along with [[.aero]], [[.biz]], [[.coop]], [[.info]], [[.museum]], and [[.pro]]. The first operator of the .name gTLD was delegated to the [[GNR|Global Name Registry]] (GNR), a British company, in November, 2000.The company launched .name in 2002, and offered second level (''jane.name'') and third level (''jane.smith.name'') registration for domain names, which facilitated personalized e-mail addresses.[http://www.crunchbase.com/company/globalnameregistry www.crunchbase.com] The company was acquired by [[Verisign]] in 2008, which is the current registry of the .name gTLD.[http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/agreements/name/assignment-assumption-agreement-28feb09-en.pdf Assignment and Assumption of .name Registry Agreement] Prior it its acquisition of GNR, Verisign was already providing certain registry functions to the company. It acquired GNR for $11.7 million.[http://www.wikinvest.com/stock/VeriSign_(VRSN)/Acquisition Verisign Acquisition, Wikinvest.com] ==Global Name Registry Criticism== In 2007, the Global Name Registry was criticized by Internet security researchers because access to its Whois]] database relied on payment. According to Internet security researchers, the practice limited their ability to police the Internet, and GNR created a ''haven for hackers'' who conduct Internet scams.[http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2007/09/dot_name Dot-Name Becomes Cybercrime Haven] On the other hand, ICANN domain registrar liaison [[Karen Lentz]] explained that ICANN's contract with GNR allowed the Whois database be kept behind a paid firewall in compliance with the British government's privacy law. Lentz further explained, "There is certain data, that is minimal data, that is free, and there is tiered access to more detailed information. One level involves paying a fee to get you access to more data for a limited period of time".[http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2007/09/dot_name Dot-Name Becomes Cybercrime Haven] ==References== {{reflist}} __NOTOC__ [[Category:TLD]] [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|name]]

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.NAME Domain Name
VeriSign, Inc.
12062 Bluemont Way
Reston, VA 20190
+1 703 948 3200
info@verisign grs.com
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