• The DNS root zone will leave U.S. control, says the Dept of Commerce

    The DNS root zone will leave U.S. control, says the Dept of Commerce

    On Friday, the United States Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) decided to give up control of the authoritative root zone file, which contains all names and addresses and other information for all top-level domain names. This domain name system (DNS) has been under the direct and total control of the government
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  • The .XXX TLD Gets First Major Lawsuit

    The .XXX TLD Gets First Major Lawsuit

    Major porn companies have banded together to sue ICANN over the new adult top level domain (TLD) .XXX.  The suit is an anti-monopoly claim against the non-profit that oversees most of the well-known TLDs (com, net, org, etc). The major companies behind the suit are Luxemburg-based Manwin and Digital Playground, which together own many of
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  • Domain.confusion: Who Should Police Web Domain Names?

    Domain.confusion: Who Should Police Web Domain Names?

    Here is a new post-modern twist on a popular idiom: If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then the scholarly path that earnest researchers take while stumbling upon “2 girls 1 cup” is paved with domain name liberalization. We think that makes sense. OK, ok, maybe we’re crying wolf. But when the
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