Imagine a web where domains can end in just about any generic top-level domain (new gTLD), e.g. .metafilter. Well, that's soon a reality
The organization that oversees the Internet address system is preparing to open the floodgates to a nearly limitless selection of new website suffixes, including ones in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. That could usher in the most sweeping transformation of the Domain Name System since its creation in the 1980s [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jun 18, 2011 -
registered a few weeks ago by our very own rcade
. He hedged his bets by registering six domains in all, and now is being called out for popesquatting.
posted by riffola
on Apr 19, 2005 -
I accidentally typed our favorite blog's URL minus a period, and stumbled upon this educational reference site. Those devious hippies have gone too far....
posted by adamms222
on Mar 8, 2004 -
VeriSign Can Be Sued for Losing Your Domain Name
A Federal appeals court (Ninth Circuit) has ruled that the owner of the sex.com domain, who lost the domain when VeriSgin transferred it on the basis of a forged letter, can sue VeriSign for damages resulting from VeriSign's mistake. The sex.com case is worth millions, but anyone who has lost a domain name due to VeriSign's incompetence may now be able to draw their pound of flesh straight from those entrusted with making sure the registry process works.
posted by mikewas
on Jul 27, 2003 -
It's What Comes After The Dot, My Dear,
that really matters
in Internet addresses, don't you know? A useful list of TLDs (that's Top Level Domain names to you, kiddo
) is also a reminder of the incredible variety of cool ISO country codes. If there are personalized license plates, why not e-mail addresses? I, for instance, am definitely looking into acquiring a prestigious .mc
address. Unless it means actually having to move to Monaco, God forbid. [Via Bifurcated Rivets.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 27, 2003 -
the the dot
. The guy who runs the Internet Multicasting Service
teamed up with the guy who runs the Internet Software Consortium
and submitted a proposal to mange the .ORG registry. ICANN's conslutants [sic] dumped on the proposal
(300KB PDF) claiming it is among the worst proposals from a technical standpoint
. Mind you, ISC produces the software that runs the DNS and actually operates root and top-level servers. And ICANN thinks they lack the technical mojo? Wow! Are we all ready to admit that ICANN is completely corrupt and beyond saving? More info here
. (via IP
posted by chipr
on Aug 31, 2002 -
Pornographers jack domain name from Florida sheriff. Aycock said the Sheriff's Office had owned the domain name since 1995, and that its registration is current. "When I was told about this, I thought they were kidding," he said. "We dug out a receipt and we're paid up through November. When we find out who's responsible for this we're going to go after them. I am not very happy that this has happened."
The Sheriff may discover that precious few laws protect him and that prosecuting a Canadian company could be tricky. Link from Delaware Law Office
posted by mikewas
on Jul 9, 2002 -
Anyone who ever spent any time on the Domain-Policy mailing list before NetSol shut it down without warning a year or more back (it was starting to look evidentiary, you see, and they didn't want to get sued...) will be familiar with much of what's in this Salon piece
about John "Gnu" Gilmore, CORE, ICANN('t), and the Great Domain Registration Fiasco.
posted by baylink
on Jul 3, 2002 -
Are these the hardest domains in the world to register,
despite the changes that took effect 1 July 2002? Businesses can now own more than one domain name and the new .id.au domain space provides somewhere for individuals to live, but there are still many restrictions, not the least of which is the 21,322 word exclusion list
Given the recent instances of domain hijinks discussed here, it is not surprising to see that it has already started
in the .au world.
Are these restrictions good or bad news for the .au domain space?
posted by dg
on Jul 1, 2002 -
The hoopla gets deeper.
Upon learning that "Sarah Hubert" was a non-person, registrar AITDomains
simply canceled the registration to hoopla.com, releasing it into the wild, where it was picked up by someone from Taiwan. They gave no notice to Leslie or anyone else that I can tell, so that she had no opportunity to grab the name back for herself.
posted by mikewas
on Jun 11, 2002 -
is just plain cool. I mean... now I can see if a text string appears anywhere
in a domain, and the results are clickable (note to the folks who do those awful WHOIS searches: I don't care who registered it, I care whether it's up-and-running!). Anyway, the link is via Rion.nu
who, BTW, has some wonderful photographs of the Tribute of Light
And the link to the photographs came via David Gallagher... another fine photographer, not to be confused with that ijit from Oasis.
posted by silusGROK
on Mar 14, 2002 -
The Washington Post's tech site was hacked yesterday. Here's the text
(via FuckedCompany) that appeared after the hack and before the WaPo crew shut the site down. As of tonight, it is still not back up at its own domain
. Not sure why this gives me glee. I just wish one day someone could hack something and leave something profound in the way of a message.
posted by brookish
on Jan 29, 2002 -
Cyber gripers arise!
In response to the trend of big corporations successfully taking 'sucks' domains away from the owners (vivendiuniversalsucks.com is an example in the article), the Free Speech Center
will be offering 'sucks' domains for free for the taking (and presumably first amendment/article 19 exercising).
posted by o2b
on Jan 21, 2002 -
"Google effect" reduces need for many domains.
Dan Gillmor says effective search engines can and should stop people from freaking out that "Wah! All the good .com names are taken" and compulsively registering all the .biz, .info, .tv, .to, and other .crap domains which the registrars would like us to believe are vital.
Bob Frankston agrees
, [link via Ev] adding that reducing our dependence on semantic (i.e. keywordy) web addresses will improve the stability and usefulness of the web.
(I agree too!)
posted by Tubes
on Jan 14, 2002 -
Register International Domain Names
such as "http://www.nërd.com", which is actually available. (Note the umlaut on the e.) If you've been looking for an interesting domain name, only to find that they've all been registered, this may be just the ticket.
posted by fnirt
on Jan 4, 2002 -
Take that Meatfilter.com... On Monday, Oct. 1, the FTC plans to announce the beginning of a campaign against scores of Web sites that capitalize on typo variants of popular domain names in order to dupe unsuspecting Internet surfers.
I think this is a good thing, but how far can the US government truly influence shady internet practices? Should it even try?
posted by thewittyname
on Oct 1, 2001 -
Internet Domain Names May Have Warned of Attacks
“Internet domain names like 'attackontwintowers.com' and 'worldtradetowerattack.com' were registered more than a year ago. It's not known at this time who registered the suspicious names or what their purpose was.” Hmm. Just (un)lucky guesses, or inside information?
posted by kd
on Sep 19, 2001 -
The Reverend Catherine Sims,
on behalf of her Detroit-based "Love Thy Neighbor Corp.", has been using ICANN UDRP complaints to try to wrest control over the domain LoveThyNeighbor.org
from "Love Thy Neighbor Fund Inc.", a Florida charity. She's also been trying to gain control over GodSpeaks.net
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Aug 4, 2001 -
NTIA to sell admin rights to .us domain
Flying mostly under the radar of the mass media, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration is getting ready to sell off admin rights to the .us domain, which has largely been the province of state and local governments and their various departments. Libraries, schools, etc. argue that the namespace is a "public trust" and should not be turned over to the highest bidder for commercial interests.
posted by briank
on Jul 23, 2001 -
Latest NetSol Innovation Back Ordering Domains
Matt, were you planning on renewing metafilter.com in 2003? If not, I can always just back order it now so that when you let it lapse, it will all be mine... (evil laugh).
Or how about we backorder microsoft.com, aol.com, etc.
Makes you wonder how NetSol's policy on lapsed domains will be changed. Will they give you the several weeks/months of leeway they used to (just because they were lazy) or will they re-sell on the day it's expired?
Related note: did you notice how dotster.com (which I believe metafilter is registered under) takes control of your URL during that leeway period letting the world know you haven't paid yet.
posted by matte
on Jul 12, 2001 -