April 9, 2014
Among the 24 individuals who have been selected for induction into the 2014 Internet Hall of Fame is Dr. Dennis Jennings, also known as Mr. .IE.
During his stint as Director of Computing Services at University College Dublin (UCD, 1977-1999), Dr. Jennings led the development of Ireland's country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) - .IE.
The .IE extension came to life on January 27, 1988. 12 months later; registration of .IE domains was delegated to UCD.
Dr. Jennings ended his time at UCD in 1999 and among other activities, served on ICANN's board from 2007-2010. Further details about Dr. Jennings' impressive contributions to technology can be viewed here. A list of all 24 of this year's Internet Hall of Fame inductees can be viewed here - Dr. Jennings has taken his place in the "Pioneers" category.
"We all benefit today from the contributions of these individuals, who helped shape the global Internet," said Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown when announcing this year's inductees.
While allowing for personal registrations, .IE is mainly geared toward Irish businesses and those doing business in Ireland. Like Australia's .AU namespace, the .IE registry has quite strict rules - even stricter in some scenarios. For instance, it appears a personal registration must be accompanied with ID such as a power bill or passport.
According to IE Domain Registry Ltd (IEDR), which now maintains Ireland's ccTLD registry; the total number of .IE domains in the database at the end of last year was 187,269. IEDR says that on a per capita basis, this translates to 40 domains per 1,000 residents and is comparative to that of France, Spain and Italy.
32,154 .IE domains were registered in 2013.
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