Were you conscious that the “. af” domain extension is administered by Afghanistan’s federal government? That’s a fact that the “queer.af” Mastodon circumstances is now considering as the Taliban, which has actually managed the nation given that 2021, has actually closed down the domain, according to 404 Media And it might not be alone, offered reports that other.af domains have actually suddenly gone dark, too.
Erin Shepherd, the administrator of the circumstances and essential ActivityPub designer, informed the outlet they were currently preparing “to shut things down” rather of restoring in April, however that the early termination was a surprise. An e-mail from the Afghanistan Ministry of Communications and IT that Shepherd published stated that the queer.af domain had actually been suspended which sites or e-mails gotten in touch with it “will stop working soon.” The circumstances had actually remained in location given that July 2018, 404 composes, as a location “for those who are queer or queer-adjacent who would like a more enjoyable social networks experience.”
Shepherd stated in another post that all.af domains obtained through the Gandi domain registrar had actually been shutdown, discussing inet.af as one. We have actually connected to Gandi to validate and to request more info, however at the minute, a message on Gandi.net states that the registrar is no longer signing up, restoring, moving, or restoring.af domain. Web Archive records reveal the website had actually currently stopped taking brand-new registrations for the domain extension by October 2020 and handicapped renewals of it by November of in 2015
When nation code high-level domains (TLD), or ccTLDs, are utilized beyond those nations, it can have significant downstream results like this or, as 404 notes, can even be a huge income source for smaller sized countries like Tuvalu, that made sufficient cash off of its “. television” ccTLD to fund its entry into the United Nations in 2000.
However there are less pleasant possible implications of selecting to utilize ccTLDs, whether as a gag or some other factor. For instance, Ukraine asked the Web Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to disable the Russia-administered “. ru” extension after Russia got into Ukraine in 2022. ICANN rejected the demand, however domain suppliers like Namecheap ended services for clients utilizing the extension, while Reddit obstructed links added with it.