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DNS Geopolitical (Country Code) Top Level Domains and Authorities
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In theory, the generic
top-level domains (TLDs) would be sufficient
to meet the needs of all the individuals, companies and groups in the
world. This is especially true since .ORG by definition is a catch
all that can include anyone or anything. However, back at the
beginning of DNS, its creators recognized that the generic TLDs might
not meet the needs of everyone around the world. There are several reasons
for this, chief among them:
- Americentricism of the Generic Domains:
I don't mean this as a criticism (I'm an American citizen and love my
country!) It is indisputable, however, that United States organizations
and companies dominate the generic TLDs. This is not surprising, given
that the Internet was first developed in the U.S.A., but it still presents
a problem for certain groups. For example, if the United States military
controls the .MIL domain, where does, say, Britain's military fit into
the name space?
- Language: Most of the generic domains
are populated by organizations that primarily do business in English.
There are hundreds of languages in the world, however, and it's easier
for the speakers of those tongues if they can more readily locate resources
they can understand.
- Local Control: Countries around the world
rarely agree on much, and they certainly differ on how organizations
within their nations should have their Internet presence arranged. There
was a desire on the parts of many to allow nations to have the ability
to set up subsets of the name space for their own use.
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