Application for a new 2LD –

An application has been received to create a new, open, second level domain (2LD) –

Copies of the application can be seen at

.pdf –
.html –

Comments are sought on this application. In particular, comment is sought on how the application meets the criteria for a new 2LD, namely that the 2LD:

  • Represents an identifiable, significant community of interest; where:

    • ‘significant’ can mean either quantitatively or qualitatively; and

    • the community of interest can be defined in a clear written statement

  • Represents an on-going and long-lived community of interest

  • Does not conflict with, duplicate or cause confusion about, any existing 2LD, and is a useful addition to the current DNS hierarchy

  • Uses a name to represent the domain that is an obvious derivative of a word that properly describes the community of interest or a complete word.

  • Does not bring the .nz domain name space in disrepute

Submissions close at 5pm on Tuesday 29 May 2012. All submissions will be published on this page as they are received.

Poisoning DNS perhaps a bad idea – Operations and other mysteries

The caf?????s upstream ISP is ???Optus???, one of the major Australian carriers. To my astonishment I found that Optus???s DNS servers are interfering with Google searches, stealing their DNS lookups and serving results pages on their own (shitty quality) branded search instead! Try https:? No connection; and Google+ wouldn???t load either.

Obviously as soon as realized what???s going on I immediately changed DNS servers to something reliable. Before I did I found a tiny ???about this page??? link at the bottom of the heinous Optus search results page, where I was told how great this was for me, but how I could opt out of their ???default??? search engine if I wanted to but was warned this was an ???advanced setting???.

Seriously, what do Optus think they???re doing? From a commercial standpoint, do they really think that their captive audience matters to anyone advertising on the web? Of course not, but in the mean time they???re certainly going to alienate customers who just maybe actually do want to use (in this case) Google sites.

There???s a bigger issue, though. Unaltered answers to DNS queries is a backbone of net neutrality. That???s our problem, but once carriers start poisoning nameservers in their own favour it will be but a blink before everyone is doing it to each other and lookups will become worthless. While I???m sure the morons in Marketing who thought that sabotaging DNS queries would be a good idea won???t be worried about the wreckage that will cause for everyone else, such a war wouldn???t be good for any of the companies involved, either. And meanwhile, if they really want everyone to learn how to install an app to ???fix??? the internet???

Corruption is everywhere.

Court OKs Private Seizure of Domain Names Which Allegedly Sold Counterfeit Goods–Chanel, Inc. v. Does

The relief granted by the court is extraordinary in its scope, and includes:

– an injunction against the defendants prohibiting them from using any Chanel marks or selling any Chanel products;

– an injunction against the top-level domain name registry, directing it to change the registrar of record for the domain names to GoDaddy (!);

– an injunction telling GoDaddy to change the DNS data for the domain names so the domain names resolve to a site where a copy of the case documents are hosted (;

– authorization for Chanel to enter the domain names into “Google’s Webmaster Tools” and cancel any redirection of the domain names;

– an order requiring Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to “de-index and/or remove [the domain names] from any search results pages.”

Chanel is required to post a bond in the amount of $20,000.