OpenNIC: the unsung hero of the future?

So I’m ashamed to say that I’ve basically been ignorant of the fact that there’s been an alternate democratic/open/post-Capitalist domain name system operating since 2000. It’s called OpenNIC ( and – with a bit of design love and creative marketing – I don’t see why we couldn't get widespread support for it. It would be a huge step forward for decentralisation/individual sovereignty.

@aral but what happens if the same TLD will be given away via #ICANN and #OpenNIC? #dns

Aral Balkan @aral

@saper The sky falls :) (Apparently happened with .free and OpenNIC moved to .libre instead.) Then again, if OpenNIC gains traction (will need lots of buy-in, promotion, etc. but definitely possible) then maybe ICAAN would have to talk to them and not dictate the universal namespace.

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