THE STORY OF STOLEN NATIONAL TOP LEVEL DOMAIN .SK
Article by: Ondrej CALETKA
Being a Czech, I’m really proud of our national top level domain operator, an association named CZ.NIC. Not only do they perfectly operate the registry while still improving security and reliability, but they also, among other activities, develop great and well known open source software like the domain registry FRED, Knot DNS daemon, or BIRD internet routing daemon, which powers two thirds of all Internet exchange points. They even developed a fully open source home router, Turris Omnia, with automatic updates and other unique features. All of that just as a side product of operating the national top level domain .CZ.
The Slovak nation, our closest neighbor, with whom we shared one country until 1993, is not that lucky. Their top level domain registry is a private company that abuses its monopoly. It operates under a contract with the government of Slovakia that cannot be terminated without the company’s consent. All as a result of a fraud that happened back in 1999.
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