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Re: [opennic-discuss] ICANN now has a .free gTLD

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  • From: Jonah Aragon <jonaharagon AT>
  • To: discuss AT
  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] ICANN now has a .free gTLD
  • Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:03:06 -0600

The creation of new sponsored gTLDs by ICANN in general is concerning for the future of OpenNIC. There's some tradeoffs to be made here I think, it's really a lose-lose situation. One option would be to keep the .free TLD, as we established it first, but this comes with blocking the .free TLD Amazon now "owns" and potentially alienating new users to OpenNIC, who expect to be able to browse ICANN zones. On the other hand, removing the .free zone would just be complying to ICANN's whims, which isn't really what I personally believe this project is about, and hardly democratic. 

I think we should hear from the .free operator (Shdwdrgn, I believe) regarding how many registrations he actually has at the moment and his opinion.

Personally, I'm undecided on the matter at the moment, there's a lot of things to consider with an issue like this.


On Dec 2, 2016 11:50 PM, "Theo Bleier" <me AT> wrote:
So, I was looking into new gTLDs a few days ago, and I learned that Amazon has just registered .free as a new gTLD. Currently it's not active except for their small "Coming soon" site(, but will this affect our .free TLD at all? As far as I know, we don't generally like to conflict with ICANN?


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