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Geographic Internet domains Challenges for the developing DNS


Forrest, HA, Geographic Internet domains Challenges for the developing DNS, Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 2, (1) pp. 1-10. ISSN 2203-1693 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Geographic names have posed challenges for Internet domain name policy makers since the earliest days of the Domain Name System (or ‘DNS’, as it is most commonly known). As the DNS develops with the addition of hundreds of new top-level domains and the challenges posed by geographic domains are addressed only on an ad hoc basis, DNS policy on these names reduces coherency, thus reducing confidence in the DNS and its controlling authority, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The broad range of issues currently and foreseeably raised by the use of geographic names in the DNS means that all Internet stakeholders are affected, not simply those claiming rights or interests in such names. This article offers insight into why geographic domain names remain problematic more than two decades after these issues first arose, identifies trends in DNS policy respecting geographic names and highlights the impact on various Internet stakeholders of current policy and decisions.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Private law and civil obligations
Research Field:Intellectual property law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Forrest, HA (Associate Professor Heather Forrest)
ID Code:100924
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2015-06-03
Last Modified:2016-02-25

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