FOI: List of Domains Names affected by Nominet Direct.UK proposal

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A. Barrow has made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport:

Dear Department for Transport,

Nominet is proposing to introduce direct .UK names such as,, alongside the established .uk structure of,,,,,,, etc.

The Nominet consultation about Direct.UK has (in addition to
commercial questions) thrown up many questions around security,
which are currently being debated among public bodies and

A broad summary of the debate can be found at

A copy of the Nominet proposal can be found here:

A list of articles published on the issue here:

In the light of this debate and in the public interest may I ask
that your organisation provide the following:

1. A complete list of all domain names managed, maintained,
authorised or in any way paid for or operated by your organisation
on behalf of itself or on behalf of any bodies or agencies for
which it has oversight in any way. For the avoidance of doubt, this
should include any domain name ending in .com, .org, .net,,,,,,,,,,, etc

2. All communications (written or otherwise) and information
regarding the Nominet proposal quoted above. This request includes
(but is not limited to) any correspondence with Nominet, any
correspondence between your organisation and other government
bodies of any kind or any organisations in the charitable sector.

3. Information about any assessment or study (by internal or
external experts) undertaken regarding any impact (financial, SEO,
technical or otherwise) of the Nominet proposals on any domain name
listed under 1 or its associated website.

4. Information about any correspondence or discussion (internal or
external), between your department and any other individuals or
bodies about the potential financial, legal or reputational risks
to your department or any of its subsidiaries arising from the
Nominet Direct.UK proposals to create names that are confusingly
similar and could pose a security risk, e.g. resulting in
misdirected sensitive email messages and phishing attempts on
government domain names.

I look forward to receiving a response to this request and in
particular the list of domains under point 1.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A. Barrow

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Please note the content on this website may have been written before the final version of the release rules by Nominet. There were two consultations in October 2012 & July 2013 and the final version was published in November 2013. Dot uk was launched on 10th June 2014 and the official current .UK rules can be found here: