Nominet supports BBC Children in Need digital programmes with .UK domain registration donations

8th October 2018


Nominet, the profit with a purpose company operating at the heart of the internet infrastructure and best-known for managing the .UK domain namespace, will donate £1 for every new .UK domain registered to BBC Children in Need until Monday 19th November. With a minimum commitment of £200k from new domain registrations, funds raised will go towards projects that use digital or new technology to support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Money raised through new domain registrations, including those ending in .co.uk, .uk, me.uk and org.uk, will go on to support projects using digital to produce strong outcomes for children and young people. For example, clubs which provide technology sessions for children and young people affected by poverty and social exclusion, with the aim of helping them develop and gain new digital skills, whilst learning about new software technology, coding, robotics and digital arts.

Russell Haworth, CEO, Nominet says: “We’re focused on delivering public benefit initiatives that support a vibrant digital future, so it makes perfect sense for us to partner with BBC Children in Need to fund projects that engage and develop the skills of children and young people who might otherwise be excluded from the opportunity that new advancements in tech, digital skills and online inclusion can provide. We need to stamp out the growing digital divide, so the more young people who are able to make the most of being online and derive benefits from tech, the better. We hope our donation from domain registrations will go some way to help enable this.”

Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive at BBC Children in Need comments: “It’s great that the funding raised by Nominet will support projects which utilise technology to support disadvantaged children and young people.  We are excited about the benefits this funding will bring and are delighted to have Nominet on board as new partner for 2018.”

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,700 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.  Further information on BBC Children in Need can be found at bbc.co.uk/Pudsey.

With the proceeds of its successful registry business and cyber security services, Nominet has donated over £45m to tech for good initiatives helping over 10 million people. Its aim is to achieve lasting social impact focusing on enabling positive change on a range of emerging issues born out of our digital age such as online safety and digital inclusion, to existing social challenges where technology can play a pivotal role, and is committed to improving the lives of one million people a year. Find out more about Nominet public benefit initiatives here – https://www.nominet.uk/tech-for-good/public-benefit/

Under this initiative Nominet will donate £1 to Children in Need for each new, paid for domain registration ending in .co.uk, .uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .ltd.uk, .plc.uk and .net.uk.

For more information please visit www.theukdomain.uk.

Editor’s notes:

  • New, paid for .UK domain registrations registered between 8th October and midnight on 19th November 2018 qualify for the £1 donation to Children in Need by Nominet. This applies to domain names ending in .co.uk, .uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .ltd.uk, .plc.uk and .net.uk.
  • Domains registered free as part of any Nominet domain promotion will not qualify for the £1 donation.

About Nominet

Nominet is driven by a commitment to use technology to improve connectivity, security and inclusivity online.  For 20 years, Nominet has run the .UK internet infrastructure, developing an expertise in the Domain Name System (DNS) that now underpins sophisticated network analytics used by governments and enterprises to mitigate cyber threats.  The company provides registry services for top level domains, and is exploring applications for a range of emerging technologies including autonomous vehicles and TVWS – connecting rural areas with broadband. A profit with a purpose company, Nominet supports initiatives that contribute to a vibrant digital future. www.nominet.uk

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.  The charity will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,700 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

Further information on BBC Children in Need can be found at bbc.co.uk/Pudsey

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