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OpenNIC: an alternative to ICANN?

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OpenNIC: an alternative to ICANN?

Postby theo » Wed May 20, 2015 8:15 am

[quote=Wikipedia]
OpenNIC (http://www.opennicproject.org) is an alternate network information center/alternative DNS root which lists itself as an alternative to ICANN and its registries.

As of 2006 users of the OpenNIC DNS servers are able to resolve all existing ICANN top-level domains as well as their own.

Like all alternative root DNS systems, OpenNIC-hosted domains are unreachable to the vast majority of the Internet. Only specific configuration in one's DNS resolver makes these reachable, and very few Internet service providers have this configuration.
[/quote]

A list of their alternative TLD:

.bbs
aimed toward (Telnet-style) bulletin board systems and related Web sites.
.dyn
dynamic IP addresses. On 30 May 2014, a new Dynamic DNS system was announced after the TLD was transferred to another operator. The new system allows registrants to update their domain's A record through accessing a URL, which is supplied when the domain is registered.
.free
the .free TLD provides namespace, certificate authority, and other services to encourage the non-commercial use of the internet.
.fur
furry fandom-related sites. From March 2009, .fur has been operated by FurNIC instead of OpenNIC
.geek
chartered for use by geek-oriented sites, including anything of a personal or hobbyist nature. This description is deliberately vague to reflect the huge range of interests that might qualify.[7]
.opennic.glue
internal architectural, as in root server administration and peering purposes. The only domain names that exist for this TLD are those that are used for each system on the peer.
.gopher
sites using the Gopher protocol.
.indy
independent news, media, and entertainment.
.micro
micronations and their entities. Recent and not widely used yet.
.neo
emo subculture with influences of technology, music, and other forms of multimedia. As of May 2014, the .neo domain registration system remains offline, meaning manual email registration is necessary.
.null
miscellaneous non-commercial individual sites.
.oss
open-source software.
.oz
Australian-related content, without the residency requirements of .au.
.parody
venue for non-commercial parody work. Having a TLD designated to works of parody attempts to remove claims that a website could be mistaken for a business site, and thus reduces the possibility of claims of trademark infringement.
.pirate
created as a reaction against internet censorship. As of May 2014, .pirate is once again active with a functional registration interface.


But the most important IMHO is extra privacy fro regular ICANN served domains, in relation with other public resolver services like Google's 8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4

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