Internet Governance of Hong Kong

 

Domain Name Administration Regime 
 

The domain name system (DNS) enables users to access Internet resources through domain names meaningful to people.  Top level domain name management and Internet protocol (IP) address space allocation are coordinated by a non-profit corporation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).  ICANN receives advice and input on public policy issues from governments through its Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

Internet domain names are public resources.  The HKSAR Government is responsible for making the necessary institutional arrangements to ensure that the country-code top level domains (ccTLD) for Hong Kong (“.hk” and “.??”) are properly managed in the public interest.  The Government has designated the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) to manage and administer domain names under ccTLDs for Hong Kong.

 

 Review on Administration of Internet Domain Names in Hong Kong conducted in 2007


Review on Administration and Assignment of Internet Domain Names and Internet Protocol Addresses in Hong Kong conducted in 2000

In January 2012, ICANN launched a new gTLD program in which any established entity could apply to form and operate a new gTLD registry. ICANN has published in June 2012 all applications received for anyone in the world to submit comment and file objection. Please visit http://icann.org/newgtlds to learn more about the program and the applications.

 

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Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 
Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC)

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