October 26, 2015

New Top-Level Domains a Money Grab and a Mistake: Paul Vixie

DNS is what makes the internet relevant, says Vixie, with ICANN caving in to demands from the companies it's meant to be regulating indicating corruption.

Dr Paul Vixie, a pioneer of the internet's domain name system (DNS), has lashed out at the creation of hundreds of new top-level domains, ranging from .dog to .horse, and .cool to .porn, labelling them a money grab and a mistake.

Vixie, who is now the chief executive officer of Farsight Security, was speaking at the Ruxcon information security conference in Melbourne on Sunday about the importance of securing the internet's DNS infrastructure. In response to an audience question about the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decision to create some 1900 new top-level domains in this first round alone, Vixie was blunt. "I think it is a money grab. My own view is that ICANN functions as a regulator, and that as a regulator it has been captured by the industry that they are regulating..."

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