ICANN of worms
The reality of this seems to be the the nation of Catalonia tries to get itself
a kind of
country code Top Level Domain
under cover of the language code .
What can I say? I live in the Faroe Islands, another stateless nation,
but one that has its own
fo. So I find it very reasonable that Catalonia should have its own
Spain may be opposed to the idea, but so is Norway to the
(The Bouvet Island is uninhabited. The unilaterally claimed Norwegian military base at Jan Mayen
shares the .
with the demilitarized Svalbard, which is under Norwegian control by
I foresee a lot of creative applications for
More interesting is the rush of political TLD
applications to come. The Commanche nation will try to reclaim the
com domain. The Basque may settle for the
eus language domain, or try to reclaim the
There is no general ISO language code for Sami, only codes for each
Thus, the Sami clearly need the .
non-ASCII domain names
With the introduction of
non-ASCII characters in domain names,
there is a case for language based domains.
com, you can use the
с to mimic a famous software company:
ccTLDs are generally safer for IDN domains.
E.g. .no specifies that only English, Norwegian and Sami characters
can be used. Mixing Norwegian and Sami in one domain name is allowed, like in
(IBM's demo page does not detect that the
į and the
ų are from different
languages, because they are both from ISO-8859-1.)
Homoglyphs betseen Norwegian and Sami is hardly any problem. But the .
us domain may have
a hundred or so native languages, and the .
com has to deal with the entire UNICODE set.
So language based domains may reduce the danger of homoglyphic fakes by
restricting their sub-domain names to one language. However, these language domains need not be
top level domains. They could be
(Many of these domain names are of course already taken.)