HKIRC MEMBERSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR E-SOCIETY IN HONG KONG
23 January 2003 - Inaugurated
on 22 April 2002, Hong Kong Internet
Registration Corporation Limited ("HKIRC"),
HKIRC today issues an invitation to
membership and announces its new product
plan for 2003. These initiatives will
support HKIRC as well as the Hong
Kong SAR Government in driving Hong
Kong's domain name development to
be in line with global trend, and
will strengthen the foundation for
a better e-Society in Hong Kong.
In its quest for full
representation of Hong Kong's Internet
domain name constituents, HKIRC recently
launched its first membership scheme
for Hong Kong's Internet domain name
user community. All ".hk" domain name
holders who have completed re-registration
or have registered after 1 June 2001
are qualified and invited to enroll
for membership. Members who successfully
registered on or before 31 January
2003 will be eligible to nominate,
vote or stand for the coming HKIRC's
Board election in early March 2003.
The results of the election will be
confirmed during HKIRC's Annual General
Meeting in late March 2003. Interested
persons are encouraged to register
online through the HKIRC web site
as soon as possible. No membership
fee will be levied in the first year.
Detailed information regarding the
membership registration and election
process is available on the HKIRC
Web site at https://members.hkirc.hk/.
"We are committed to the development and improvement of Hong Kong's Internet domain name registration services, which must align and evolve with the expectation of all sectors
of the user community," says Mr. Joseph
Yu, Chairman of the Board of HKIRC,
who is also a member of the Executive
Board of the Chinese General Chamber
of Commerce. Members will be divided
into User Class, Service Provider
Class, IT Industry Class, Commerce
and Industry Class, Government Class
and Tertiary Institution Class. There
are specific prerequisites to be met
in order to be admitted to a specific
member class. Details are defined
in the Memorandum and Articles of
Association of HKIRC, which is available
on HKIRC's web site.
HKIRC, a non profit-making
and non-statutory corporation, was
established in Dec 2001 and has taken
up the role as the administrator of
".hk" domain names since April 2002.
"Since its inauguration, HKIRC has
been fully committed to facilitate
the increasing Internet activities
in Hong Kong by providing a customer-oriented
service to the whole community, We
now have approximately 63,000 second-level
domain names registered under '.hk',
with around 1,000 new registrations
received every month," comments Mr.
Jonathan Shea, Acting CEO of HKIRC.
In line with the rapid
development of the Internet and electronic
commerce in Hong Kong, HKIRC is going
to introduce new domain name categories
such as ".idv.hk" and ".hk" to cater
for the needs of both individual users
and the corporate sector in Hong Kong.
Mr. Shea adds, ".idv.hk will be the
first product scheduled to be launched
in the early part of this year. This
new category will be designated for
Hong Kong residents, and will enable individual Internet users to establish
their own domain identity on the Internet."
With the support of member participation, HKIRC looks forward to launching more new products and improving its services to help
build Hong Kong's e-Society and position
HKIRC as a leading domain name administrator
in the world.
HKIRC was established
as a non-profit-making and non-statutory
organization to oversee the administration
and assignment of the country-code
top level domain (ccTLD), i.e. ".hk",
for Hong Kong. In addition, HKIRC
represents Hong Kong in international
Internet forums and plays a key role
in facilitating Hong Kong's e-business
As the administrator
of ".hk" domain names, HKIRC assumes
the responsibility of registration
and assignment of Internet domain
names ending with ".com.hk", ".org.hk",
".net.hk", ".edu.hk" and ".gov.hk"
and any other Domains to be introduced
from time to time in Hong Kong.
If you need further information, please feel free to contact our Marketing & Communication Officer, Ms Lute Yip at +852 2319 3828 / +852 2319
3824 for details.