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09|18|2008 10:22 pm EDT

CIRA Honors .CA Pioneer

by Chad Kettner in Categories: ccTLDs

The University of British Columbia has honored John Demco, a former UBC computing facilities manager, for creating the .ca domain registry that gave Canada an online identity. The Demco Student Learning Centre in the Dept. of Computer Sciences will be named on his behalf.

Demco started the .ca registry in 1987 and managed a group of volunteers to take care of domain applications – registering nearly 100,000 .ca domain names before CIRA, a not-for-profit corporation, took full control of the process.

“John administered the dot-ca registry using UBC facilities and equipment for more than 10 years and played an important role in the establishment and governance of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA),” said Computer Science head Bill Aiello. “His vision and dedication is an inspiration to students, faculty and staff at Computer Science and UBC.”

In April 2008, the number of .ca domains surpassed one million.

[via CIRA]

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