Back in December, Donald Trump suggested fighting terrorism online by “closing the internet in some way,” openly mocking potential First Amendment concerns. Since then, the alleged computer user seems to have changed his mind, joining Ted Cruz’s bizarre crusade for an American takeover of the internet’s address book…
The world welcomed news that the United States would finally cede control of the internet address system this fall. You know… because the American government was spying on everyone and stuff. However, Uncle Sam just announced that he needs a little more time. Like maybe three years.
If you’ve ever registered a domain name, you’ve probably stumbled across WHOIS, a series of databases that contains basic information on whoever registered a particular domain name. While WHOIS makes this information public by default, it’s long been possible to hide behind a proxy — something the entertainment…
TG Storytime is a free community website for transgender authors, operated by Joe Six-Pack, himself a transgender author and publisher. If you look up the registration details of Joe’s domain tgstorytime.com using the WHOIS application, you get this result:
The company selling off .SUCKS domains is making celebrities and brands pay premium prices to snatch up their .SUCKS addresses before their enemies do first. This is pissing off ICANN, the group tasked with regulating domains, which sees the scheme as a coercive shakedown.
The internet-naming powers that be (otherwise known as ICANN) have already blessed us with such distinguished, venerated domains as .WANG, .SEXY, and .FISH. But now, it's gearing up to grant us with every diligent #Brand's worst nightmare: Welcome to the .SUCKS era.
This week, the world's nations gather to discuss the influence the US wields over the internet and in particular ICANN—the web's logistical core. But who, exactly, should have the keys to the internet?
The internet as you know it might seem infinite, but according to ICANN, it's still not quite infinite enough. Soon, a whole new world of internet real estate is coming your way in the form of 122 brand new domain names. That's right, you can finally make YourNameHere.SEXY all your very own.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is currently busy deciding the future of the internet in Durban, South Africa, this week. First on its list: non-English generic top level domains.
Amazon is busy trying to gobble up all kinds of top-level domains—.book, .read, you name it—but it also has its eye on .amazon, too. Turns out that the Brazilian and Peruvian governments have something to say about that though, and would rather snag it for the famous river.
It's well known that Google's competitors aren't keen on it getting hold of the .search top-level domain. But the company has outlined a new plan which would make use of the string as a dotless domain—open for use by any other search company, too.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers have filed formal objections to Amazon's bid to secure new generic top-level domains like ".book," ".author" and ".read".
Not content with the current, perfectly functional system of dot coms and dot orgs, ICANN just allowed 2,000 applications for new top level domains for corporations. Get ready for http://hungry.pizza!
ICANN's signed its name on the dotted line for the proposal to create new domain suffixes in the style of their last decision, .xxx. As CNET reports, there are only 22 GTLDs in existence today (.org, .edu and so on), but with this decision we could expect to see specific endings for companies, categories or…
Unicode is great because it supports multiple languages simultaneously, bringing international understanding, universal peace, and planetary love. And so is ICANN's decision to allow domain names that use non-Latin alphabets. Until both combine to steal your credit card numbers.
We didn't doubt that they would, but the ICANN has officially approved non-Latin character domain names. The pleasant surprise is that the system and guidelines for these internationalized domain names (IDNs) look pretty solid, even if hiccups are expected.