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ICANN Assigns Tor's .Onion TLD as Special-Use Domain Name

The Internet Engineering Task Force has approved a Draft RFC for "The .onion Special-Use Domain Name" by the Tor Project, the provider of online anonymity and privacy services. Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), an ICANN department, last night officially placed .onion on the list. As a result, the .onion TLD will not be in the Internet DNS root and with appropriate proxy software installed, browsers can access sites with .onion addresses by sending the request through the network of Tor servers.

Read related announcement made by Facebook and the report by Kevin Murphy on Domain Incite.

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