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ICANN Reveals Regional Winners of New gTLDs 69

Posted by timothy
from the the-envelope-please dept.
hypnosec writes "The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has approved and released a list of domain names as per its new global Top Level Domain plans. A total of 27 domain names have been cleared for use by ICANN, and all of them are non-English domain names. Consisting of Chinese and Arabic names, the list of domain names seems to be mostly for regional companies, prominent among which are the .Qatartelecom and .Mozaic domains."
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ICANN Reveals Regional Winners of New gTLDs

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  • Refreshing (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 23, 2013 @03:37PM (#43259113)

    Perfect. Now I can launch my new imageboard muhammed.qatartelecom

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Announcing the development through a press release, ICANN reiterated the amount of efforts and time that have been spent for the development and implementation of policies to bring about innovation and diversity in the Domain Name System.

    Further confirms that diversity is another word for stupidity.

  • My opinion (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Richy_T (111409) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @04:03PM (#43259241) Homepage

    It's the beginning of the end of the current DNS system. About time too. The internet should never have tolerated such a centralized abomination

    • Re:My opinion (Score:5, Interesting)

      by MaraDNS (1629201) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @05:04PM (#43259585) Homepage Journal

      I posted about this before [slashdot.org] and I will probably have to post this again: Where's this alternative to DNS everyone keeps talking about on Slashdot?

      If you don't like that the ICANN is doing, (shameless plug) it's pretty easy [maradns.org] to download [maradns.org] and install [maradns.org] an open-source (BSD licensed) recursive DNS server (even on Windows [maradns.org]), then use the program to blacklist ICANN's new domains [maradns.org].

      If you don't want to use my program, I am sure other DNS servers, such as Unbound [unbound.net] and BIND (which usually comes with Linux) have similar capabilities.

    • by fikx (704101)
      You mean like the centralized distribution of IP addresses?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 23, 2013 @04:04PM (#43259249)

    To see approved domain names, click on the first link, select IE Result from the Search By Field, and then select Pass from the drop down and search. Else you get a huge list of everything.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 23, 2013 @04:37PM (#43259433)

      The 27 are (and I'm not joking), including what Google Translate makes of it:

        (= Fashion in Japanese)
        (= Group in Chinese)
        (= Network in Arabic)
        (= One shop in Chinese)
        (Kerry Hotel in Chinese)
        (Kerry in Chinese)
      vermögensberater (asset consultant in German)
        (Shop in Chinese)
        (Amazon in Japanese)
        (Website in Chinese)
        (Catholic in Arabic)
        (Catholic church in Chinese)
        (Store in Japanese)
        (World in Chinese)
        (CITIC in Chinese)
        (Website in Chinese)
        (Arabs in Arabic)
        (Com in Hindi)
        (Shangri-La in Chinese)
        (Mosaic in Arabic)
        (Qtel in Arabic)
        (Gossip in Chinese)
        (Point of view in Chinese)
        (site in Russian)
        (online in Russian)
        (Great to take in Chinese)
        (Store in Chinese)

      You're welcome.
      Feel free to correct the translations if you're a native speaker. ;)

  • Hoarding (Score:5, Informative)

    by ChrisSlicks (2727947) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @04:15PM (#43259305)

    Of the 1930 total applications, 307 are from a single company "Donuts" (donuts.co) using a boat load of Delaware shelf companies.

    Hoard much?

    • by Megahard (1053072)

      I think you mean Delaware shell companies. The shells grow wild in the Delaware river so it's easy to just row out and harvest a boat load of them.

      • A shelf company is a form of shell company, one that is formed and left idle (on the shelf) for later reuse after an aging period. All the shells I looked up were over 1 year old. I'm sure they have older ones in their available inventory.
  • by DavidClarkeHR (2769805) <(ac.tsilarenegrh) (ta) (ekralc.divad)> on Saturday March 23, 2013 @04:29PM (#43259385)
    The actual list can be found by searching by IE results, and selecting pass. I'd post it here, but the character encoding won't display since most are english (or even english-ish).
  • I tried to even type an email using one of those TLD in this comment and failed, now explain me how that will work under other current software implementations. This is just a big fail, like most IDN. Anyone can type [a-Z], but not most of those TLDs.

    • As far as I can tell, not a single one of the new approved gTLDs can be written using standard ASCII, and only one of them can be written with Extended ASCII. While this does mean that there isn't a key on a standard US keyboard for every single letter in every one of these new gTLDs, there are (or at least a well-known key combination) in the countries which are the target market for these domains. With regard to SPAM, I think you will find that much (if not most) of it comes from non-US sources; places

      • by dkf (304284)

        As far as I can tell, not a single one of the new approved gTLDs can be written using standard ASCII

        They can, provided you use the punycoded form [wikipedia.org]. It's very ugly, but works.

    • by earthloop (449575) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @06:09PM (#43259955) Homepage

      There are all ASCII in DNS:
      Punycode [wikipedia.org]

    • I can only see this new extension work w/ IPv6, which will probably have all the address space for such contraptions. If they try using these w/ IPv4, they'll smoke whatever is left - with NAT - and then some.
      • by dwye (1127395)

        The non-ASCII IP names do not need IPv6, and they do not use either more or less IPv4 address space. Names are orthogonal to numbers.

        OTOH, I rather doubt that there is any IPv4-only DNS/bind implementation that handles unicode names, nor do I expect a getipnodebyname() that handles them, unless it is IPv6-ready, as well.

        • by unixisc (2429386)
          I know that names are orthogonal to numbers. What I meant is that if the number of TLDs are proliferated, in addition to the websites and virtual websites that exist today, then only IPv6 has the number of addresses to accommodate all of that - IPv4 doesn't. It has nothing to do w/ whether the names themselves are ASCII or Unicode.
    • Well, since the bulk of these are there to support foreign language sites, there is no way ASCII could possibly support it. Not all the internet is made for worldwide consumption. How often do you visit Mandarin or Arabic sites? But keyboards made that support Unicode would have no problems typing these.
    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      Actually due to the lack of IDN a lot of Chinese sites are just numbers, e.g. 858735.com. They treat it like a phone number. Not everyone can get on with Latin characters.

      • by dwye (1127395)

        Not everyone can get on with Latin characters.

        But they can with Indo-arabic numerals?

  • Making this information public is kind of counterproductive (for them, not us,) as now everyone has a handy addition to paste into their spam blacklists, right after '*.info'.

    • by dwye (1127395)

      Only if they can enter them into the blacklists :-)

      Besides, most botnets don't have to infect these domains, as enough US PCs are infected (as are enough Western European, Japanese, Nigerian, etc.) to suffice.

      Actually, I wonder if the botnets (as currently written) COULD infect these non-ASCII domain names? That might be an advantage to adding them.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Would be nice to see the list of the 27 without having to do any searching.
  • by Dr.Dubious DDQ (11968) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @06:14PM (#43259983) Homepage
    Do people just plain never actually type URLs anymore? Where do I line up to get my "meinweltanshauungistganzherabgesetzt.vermögensberater" domain?
    • by Briareos (21163) *

      Yeah, I just threw up in my mouth a little when I read that - and I speak German as my first language and thought I could stomach everything.

      Of all the words they could have chosen it absolutely has to be the sleaziest one besides "Anwalt"?

      (No wait, "financial advisor" in this day and age might even surpass "lawyer" as the sleaziest one...)

    • *meineweltanschauungistganzherabgesetzt

      (Grammar nazi jokes coming in 5,4,...)

  • I checked and it was applied by VeriSign from Switzerland. And they say, and I quote, in their application "We anticipate that the availability of the DEVANAGARI_TRANSLITERATION_OF_.COM will greatly increase the appeal and value of internationalized addresses in India. Expanding the accessibility and functionality of these domain names to users worldwide is the primary benefit of all internationalized transliterations of .com." I am ROFL, at their lack of how Indians think and work. This falls along the lin
    • by dwye (1127395)

      You don't understand. Now the India-based companies will HAVE to buy the (.com in Hindi) domain names, or let them be bought by the people who would have bought a(n) (insert_India_company_here)_sucks.com domain and have their company names primarily linked with their hater sites. More money for VeriSign.

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