KRG Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy launches .KRD into Sunrise phase

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy an­nounces the launch of Sunrise pe­riod for Kur­dis­tan’s top level do­main (TLD) .KRD

The Sunrise Pe­riod for .KRD starts on Au­gust 5 and will end on Oc­to­ber 4. The Sunrise launch of .KRD has been a highly an­tic­i­pated mile­stone for KRG Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, DIT, that has spent con­sid­er­able time pre­par­ing for the ac­qui­si­tion and launch of this es­sen­tial top level do­main.

By op­er­at­ing its own TLD, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion achieves mul­ti­ple ob­jec­tives such as vis­i­bil­ity, in­no­va­tion, dig­i­tal econ­omy and of­fers the world­wide Kur­dish com­mu­nity a new online home­land.

“We at DIT are fully aware of our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and com­mit­ted to pro­tect the in­ter­net’s se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity whilst op­er­at­ing our reg­istry sys­tem at the world roots of the in­ter­net” said Hiwa Afandi, Head of DIT.

De­cem­ber 2013, af­ter pass­ing and com­ply­ing with nu­mer­ous tests and pro­ce­dures, KRG DIT signed the .KRD reg­istry agree­ment with ICANN grant­ing it the rights to man­age the . KRD TLD within the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ICANN frame­work.

July 2014 .KRD was added to the root zone of the in­ter­net and of­fi­cially del­e­gated, be­com­ing a tech­ni­cal and op­er­a­tional re­al­ity on the in­ter­net.

The Sunrise Pe­riod of do- main reg­is­tra­tion is a spe­cial pe­riod dur­ing which trade­mark hold­ers (reg­is­tered in Trade­mark Clear­ing­house, TMCH) may pre­reg­is­ter names that are the same or sim­i­lar to their trade­marks in or­der to avoid cy­ber­squat­ting. This oc­curs prior to the gen­eral launch of the top-level do­main (TLD).

In­ter­net users world­wide will soon see web ad­dresses end­ing with .krd - the first name space on In­ter­net for Kur­dis­tan af­fil­i­ated in­di­vid­u­als (.krd), busi­nesses (.co. krd), gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties (.gov.krd) and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions (.edu.krd).

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Kur­dis­tan's top level do­main please visit www.dot. krd.

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