Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

VeriSign Dot Net Contract Begins July 1

Filed under
Web

Verisign Inc, a company that already exerts significant control over how people send e-mail and find Web sites, was selected this week to run the Internet's third-most popular suffix for six more years.

The Internet's key oversight board, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, said Thursday it had renewed VeriSign's contract for ".net" after reviewing recommendations from an outside panel and comments from the Internet community.

The move was largely expected after Telcordia Technologies Inc., the outside firm selected to evaluate bids to operate ".net" directories, made VeriSign its top pick in March over four other bidders. Rivals complained that the evaluation process was flawed, but Telcordia again backed VeriSign in a revised report in May.

U.S. Commerce Department approval is also required -- and expected. The U.S. government, which funded much of the Internet's early development, had selected ICANN in 1998 to oversee Internet addressing policies but retains veto power.

Besides running ".com" and ".net," which together comprise more than half of all domain names registered, VeriSign controls the master directory that lists all of the Internet's suffixes, meaning all traffic touches the company's computers at one point or another.

As operator of ".net," VeriSign will have the technical ability -- though some question whether it has the legal authority -- to make sweeping policy changes.

Full Article.

More in Tux Machines

KDE Plasma 5.7.2 Introduces Lots of Plasma Workspace Improvements, KWin Fixes

KDE released the second maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment series, which has already been adopted by several popular GNU/Linux operating systems. Read more

Gain access to an ARM server running Linux OS, through the cloud

The Linaro Developer Cloud has gone live, and users can apply to test an ARM-based server with Linux Read more

SparkyLinux Now Lets Users Test Drive Linux Kernel 4.7, Here's How to Install It

Just one day after the announcement of the GA release of the Linux 4.7 kernel, the SparkyLinux developers inform their users that they can now test drive the new kernel from the unstable repository. Read more

Clear Linux Is Among the First Distros to Adopt Kernel 4.7, X.Org Server 1.18.4

Today, July 26, 2016, Softpedia was informed by the Clear Linux team about the availability of new software updates for the GNU/Linux operating system designed for the Intel architecture. Read more