28 Apr '16, 1pm

The Fight Over the .africa Domain Name

The Fight Over the .africa Domain Name

An explosion of domain names has reshaped the Internet by offering hundreds of new ways to end a Web address. Lawyers can now advertise websites with “.lawyer,” while toy companies can register with “.toys.” Jokers who want to build a site whose name ends with “.fail” or “.wtf” can do that, too. But one highly sought-after domain remains stubbornly out of reach for a billion people. Africans still can’t register sites to “.africa” because the right to operate that domain is the subject of a tussle between rival registries that is now dragging through its fourth year. While the domain’s ultimate fate could remain the subject of legal battles for years, a California court could decide within weeks whether to finally permit .africa to go live. The domain could prove quite lucrative for whichever registry wins it, although both competing registries pledge to spend profits on c...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/internet/the-fight-over-...

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