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Helen Clark Gifted NZ Cyber Citizenship

Knowledge Wave: Prime Minister Helen Clark Gifted NZ Cyber Citizenship

Prime Minister Helen Clark will return home from the Knowledge Wave Conference as a cyber citizen with her own piece of virtual New Zealand real estate.

Wellington based global domain name registration company www.Pdom.com is gifting all speakers at the Knowledge Wave Conference in Auckland this week their own piece of New Zealand cyberspace - a.co.nz domain name based on their own name eg www.helen clark.co.nz.

Pdom CEO Robert Wiles who is attending the conference, said gifting domain names is a very personal way of presenting New Zealand as a country of innovators and entrepreneurs keen to compete in the global market place.

"Global growth in personal domain name registration means people that can't find their preferred name as a dot com are turning to other country extensions to secure the name they want," said Mr Wiles.

"For example there are over 40,000 Mary Smiths in the world so www.MarySmith.com is long gone, but MarySmith.co.nz is still available. People will look to New Zealand to register their preferred personal domain names as virtually all the world's common first names and surnames are already registered as .coms, .nets and .orgs."

Pdom's research revealed that all but one of the speakers' names were available as .co.nz extensions.

"Given their availability, and in honour of the Knowledge Wave conference we wanted to gift the speakers their own names so they could take home their very own piece of New Zealand cyberspace."

Mr Wiles says although companies prefer a domain name from their own country - individuals do not necessarily show the same loyalty.

"The internet has no physical boundaries. A person can live in Boston, have a net identity based in New Zealand and a personal website hosted in the United Kingdom.

"Whether this means Paul Keating, Edward De Bono and Michael Porter will claim allegiance to the All Blacks because they are now New Zealand cyber citizens remains to be seen."

Wiles said New Zealand is a more attractive option than many of the other county extensions, which remain unattractive as they are either too expensive or restrict their domain space solely to companies and organisations.

Currently around 100,000 domain names have been registered in New Zealand.

"Compare this to 29 million domain names registered worldwide as .coms, .nets and .orgs and the .nz space is ripe for growth as people realise they can still register their ideal net name as a .co.nz. "

"New Zealand is a gold mine with millions of untapped names," Wiles said.

- Ends -

Pdom: Launched 5 June 2001, www.Pdom.com is a Wellington based global domain name registration and trading company focussing on the new trend towards people securing and establishing their own personal identity on the Internet.

Speakers to be gifted.co.nz domain names include the following:

a.. Rt Hon Helen Clark
Prime Minister of New Zealand
b.. Hon Paul J Keating
Former PM of Australia. Visiting Professor of Public Policy, University
of NSW
c.. Dr Edward De Bono
Creator of Lateral Thinking
d.. Brigadier General George Yong-Boon Yeo
Minister of Trade and Industry, Singapore
e.. Dae Whan Chang
President and Publisher of Maeil Business Newspaper and TV
f.. Sean Dorgan
CEO Industrial Dev Agency, Ireland
g.. Professor Michael E Porter
Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School
h.. Dr Robin Batterham
Chief Scientist of Australia
i.. Professor Nitin Desai
Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
j.. Dr Jilly Evans
Director of Pharmacology, Merck Research Laboratories, USA
k.. Dr Donald Brash
Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
l.. Dr Horace "Woody" Brock
Founder and president of Strategic Economic Decisions
m.. Judge Mick Brown
Former Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand and Adjunct Professor
of Law at Waikato University
n.. John Seely Brown
Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp.
o.. Rick Christie
Chairman, Science and Innovation Advisory Council
p.. Dr Richard Foster
Author, Senior Partner and Director of McKinsey & Company, New York
q.. Professor Nehemia Levtzion
Chair of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Israeli Council for
Higher Education
r.. Gurion Meltzer
Senior Figure in the Israeli Business and Academic Communities
s.. Dr Yuan T. Lee
President, Academic Sinica, Taiwan
t.. Professor Jorma Routti
Chairman of Creative Industries Management Fund, holds a Chair at
Helsinki Technological University
u.. Sally Shelton-Colby
Deputy Secretary General, OECD
v.. Professor Shih Choon Fong
Vice-Chancellor, National University of Singapore
w.. Professor David J Teece
Director, Institute of Management, Innovation and Organisation,
University of California, Berkeley and Mitsubishi Bank Professor
x.. Robert Wade
Professor of Political Economy and Development at the London School of
Economics
y.. Norbert Walter
Chief Economist, Deutsche Bank Group
z.. Professor Lord Robert Winston
Chair of House of Lords Science and Education Committee, Professor of
Fertility Studies and Chief of Service for Reproductive Medicine,
Hammersmith

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