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ICANN to Drop Yugoslav's .YU Domain

All websites using the .YU country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) will cease to be available online from 30 September. The ccTLD assigned to the former Republic of Yugoslavia has been replaced by .rs (for Serbia) and .me (for Montenegro). ICANN allowed extra time for sites to make the transition before removing the .YU domain. It has been reported that up to 4,000 websites are still using the .YU domain.

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ICANN unravels the Internet By Bob Frankston  –  Sep 30, 2009 2:42 pm PDT

Next we’ll purge all history books of references to Yugoslavia because the name is no longer in use? George Orwell would be impressed by the efficiency of modern technology – we don’t need to cut and paste to purge history. We just need to a system that requires makes disappearance the norm – it’s called the DNS.

What is telling is that they are encouraging the active users of the YU domain to hurry up an change. This treats the Internet as if it were the phone network and only for calls that exist while phones are off-hook. What about all of the URLs that reference content that can’t defend itself – all the knowledge and legacy information?

As I explain in http://frankston.com/?N=AmbientConnectivity the idea of the Internet as a network is interesting in an historic context but misses what we’ve learned since then – the Internet as a way we make society’s knowledge and experience available to the future.

This is such a fundamental failure to understand the very reason why the Internet is so important that I don’t know what to say and how to explain it. We’re confusing the Internet demo phase with its real enduring value.

Remember ISO-3166? By David Conrad  –  Oct 05, 2009 10:46 am PDT

The YU ISO-3166 country code was moved to "transitionally reserved" by the ISO-3166 maintenance agency.  ISO states "transitionally reserved" means "Code element deleted from ISO 3166-1; stop using ASAP".  Since country code top-level domains are defined by the existence of the ISO-3166 country code, ICANN doesn't have much latitude.  If YU is not removed from the list of country code TLDs, then there will be a collision when ISO-3166 MA reallocates YU.

has not happened yet By Carl Byington  –  Oct 02, 2009 2:23 pm PDT

It might eventually happen, but as of 2009-10-02 yu. still has NS records in the root servers.

6 month extension By David Conrad  –  Oct 05, 2009 10:47 am PDT

At their last meeting, ICANN's board granted the registry for YU an extension of 6 months.

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