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DNSSEC claims another victim as entire TLD disappears

A country’s top-level domain disappeared from the internet for many people yesterday, apparently due to a DNSSEC key rollover gone wrong. All domains in Fiji’s ccTLD, .fj, stopped resolving for anyone behind a strict DNSSEC resolver in the early hours of the morning UTC, afternoon local time, and stayed down for over 12 hours. Some […]

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Maybe now’s the time for ICANN to start dismantling the Soviet Union

Like I’m sure a great many of you, I spent much of yesterday listening to the news and doom-scrolling social media in despair, anger and helplessness. War has returned to Europe, with Vladimir Putin’s Russia yesterday invading Ukraine on a flimsy pretext, in an apparent effort to begin to recreate the former Soviet Union. I […]

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ICANN stuck between Ukraine and Russia in time zone debate

As the world waits nervously to see whether Russia’s weeks-long troop build-up on the Ukrainian border will result in an invasion, ICANN is embroiled in an infinitely more trivial conflict between the two nations. As well as overseeing domain names, IP addresses and protocol numbers, a decade ago ICANN took over the time zone database […]

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At ICANN, you can have any registrar you want, as long as it begins with A

Want to find a registrar based in your home country, or in a friendlier foreign jurisdiction? Don’t rely on ICANN to help. A recent outcome of the Org’s information transparency car crash is a registrar search engine that only returns filtered results where the registrar’s name begins with the letter A. The search engine allows […]

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.gov TLD quietly changes hands

The .gov TLD used exclusively by governmental entities in the US has quietly changed managers. On Friday, the IANA records for .gov changed from the General Services Administration to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. It was not une...
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GoDaddy could lose control of .co this week

It looks like GoDaddy’s recently acquired .co registry could lose formal control of the ccTLD this week. ICANN’s board of directors has “Transfer of the .CO (Colombia) top-level domain to the Ministry of Information and Communications...
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Mystery .vu registry revealed

Neustar has been selected as the back-end domain registry operator for the nation of Vanuatu. The company, and the Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator, announced the appointment, which came after a competitive tender proce...
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.gay gets rooted

The new gTLD .gay, which was often used as an example of a controversial TLD that could be blocked from the DNS, has finally made it to the DNS. While no .gay domains are currently resolving, the TLD itself was added to the root zone over the weekend. ...
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