I’ve heard of people having their domain names hijacked before, but this is the first time I’ve heard of an entire top level domain being nicked.
Domains registered with punycode names (and then given TLS certificates) are worryingly indistinguishable from their ASCII counterparts.
Can you spot the difference between the URLs https://adactio.com and https://аdаctіо.com?
From the ARPANET to the internet, this is a great history of the Domain Name System:
Root DNS servers operate in safes, inside locked cages. A clock sits on the safe to ensure the camera feed hasn’t been looped. Particularly given how slow DNSSEC implementation has been, an attack on one of those servers could allow an attacker to redirect all of the Internet traffic for a portion of Internet users. This, of course, makes for the most fantastic heist movie to have never been made.
Aaron raises a point that I’ve discussed before in regards to the indie web (and indeed, the web in general): we don’t buy domain names; we rent them.
It strikes me that all the good things about the web are decentralised (one-way linking, no central authority required to add a node), but all the sticking points are centralised: ICANN, DNS.
Aaron also points out that we are beholden to our hosting companies, although—having moved hosts a number of times myself—that’s an issue that DNS (and URLs in general) helps alleviate. And there’s now some interesting work going on in literally owning your own website: a web server in the home.
An online book about website performance by Stoyan Steganov, released into the public domain. Excellent!
A comprehensive look at some of the problems with taking self-hosting to its logical conclusion: running your own web server.
If I were an American, I’d now be saying something like “ICANN have jumped the shark”. Instead, I’m British, so I’ll say “ICANN are fucking useless twats who need a firm kick in the bollocks”.
A handy template for releasing code into the public domain.
The popesquatter reveals all.
Best. Domain name. Ever.
Help keep your culture error-free by proof-reading small pieces of literature from Project Gutenberg.
Tantek talks about the importance of open media for the longevity of data.
Best. Domain name and associated tagline. Ever.
Jessica's English translation of a 19th Century German poem in the public domain – possibly the only English translation of this poem in existence.