WorldNames Inc., a Massachusetts-based company, registers Internet domains and web addresses using the .NU suffix, a country code top level domain (ccTLD). WorldNames offers wide availability of attention-getting Web addresses in English and European languages for small businesses, home offices, interest groups, social media developers and marketers in Sweden and other Northern European countries who want to capitalize on the commercial and creative potential of the .NU domain. "Nu" means "now" in Swedish, Danish, Flemish and Dutch.
WorldNames, a technology innovator and policy leader in the Internet industry since the inception of the World Wide Web, is proud of its long association with The IUSN Foundation (IUSN), a charitable organization. IUSN receives a portion of every .NU registration to help pay for free Internet service in the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue.
Unlike other domain name registries, WorldNames will shut down sites that engage in phishing within 30 minutes. With impetus provided by its Policy and Ethical Guidance group (PEG), WorldNames maintains rigid terms and conditions of use with a set of security policies that are among the tightest in the industry.
Government of Niue [www.gov.nu]
IUSN was the first ccTLD to negotiate an agreement with the government of the associated country of the domain (i.e., Niue). The agreement, in continuous operation since 1997, regulates the cooperation between IUSN and the Government of Niue to promote the understanding and use of the Internet on the Island of Niue. It also states the mission of IUSN – to bring low cost or free Internet to the Government and the people of Niue.
Portions of revenues derived from .NU domain name registrations have funded IUSN's activities in Niue since 1997, including development of the Internet infrastructure and training of local staff to manage Niue's free national Internet link; funding and installation of the world's only national free WiFi net; as well as paying for computers, text books and sports clothing for the island's schools. Funds were also used to build a public access point (Internet Café) in the Alofi area, where most Niueans live or work, for residents who may not have computers of their own.
In the public sector, the Internet has been a valuable tool to enable instantaneous communication with overseas aid organizations. It has substantially helped to coordinate many regional development projects and community-level activities to improve the quality of life. At the same time, IUSN has leveraged its leadership role in all of the major international Internet governing bodies, like ICANN, IGF, APTLD etc .
To this day, this is the only ccTLD model of its kind – a model that generates and contributes enough resources to keep the government and citizenry of an entire country online with free services. When all is said and done, IUSN is spending $2,000 to $3,000 per household per year to provide unlimited Internet service on Niue.
Internet New Zealand, Inc. (InternetNZ) is a non-profit open membership organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the Internet in New Zealand and fostering a coordinated, cooperative approach to its ongoing development. Its primary objective is "high performance and unfettered access for all" so the Internet continues to operate in an open environment that cannot be captured by any entity or individual for their own ends.
An affiliate organization to IUSN, Internet NZ partners with IUSN in governance and technical development of the Internet, cooperating in all relevant governance bodies including ICANN, APTLD and so on.
InternetNZ is also the recognized delegated manager for the .nz country code top level domain. This delegation is from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a function managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Internationally, the NAA works closely with the Niue Island Association and National Olympic Committee to help organize the island’s participation in the Commonwealth Games. Sports in which Niuean athletes have competed internationally include track and field, weightlifting, boxing, touch rugby and shooting.
Niue Athletic Association [http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=2-1156-0-0-0]
IUSN supports the Niue Athletic Association, which promotes youth athletics on Niue and also showcases Niue’s potential athletes in the national, regional and international arena.
Local activities in 2009 – 2010 have included a Mini-Meet for athletes in Under 19 and 20+ categories, a Kids Athletics program and the Niue National Athletics Championship. At the regional level, the NAA has helped field teams of athletes in the Pacific Mini Games, the Oceania Athletics Championships, the Cook Islands Mini Games and the Arafua Games held in Australia.
IUSN is a member of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), an organization for ccTLD (country-code Top Level Domain) registries in Asia Pacific region. More details on the mission and objectives of APTLD can be found in the IUSN and Internet Governance section of this website.
IUSN is a founding member of the Asia/Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO), which provides a forum to promote and encourage Asia/Pacific Internet users’ participation in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). More details on the mission and objectives of ICANN can be found in the IUSN and Internet Governance section of this website.