Oct 5 – 6, 2013
Wild Horse Pass Resort
America/Phoenix timezone

Regional Affinity for Applied for gTLD Strings

Oct 5, 2013, 2:45 PM
Komatke E/F (Wild Horse Pass Resort)

Komatke E/F

Wild Horse Pass Resort

www.wildhorsepassresort.com 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Boulevard Chandler, Arizona 85226 USA


Andrew Simpson (Verisign)


Using new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) to add semantics to the DNS root is a semantic enhancement to the Internet's oldest namespace. However, it is because DNS is such a trusted resource that prudence is warranted in any major change. To this end, we have conducted a preliminary study of potential implications of the introduction of new gTLDs. This presentation will focus on specific patterns in the A+J root DNS queries that highlight certain regional affinities for specific gTLDs that have applied for delegation. Studying these regional affinities has given us insights into possible systemic dependencies that may be prompting namespace collisions for applied-for gTLD strings. This presentation will take an in-depth look at a set of data that Verisign collected and analyzed from the root for the applied-for strings. We will use this data as a basis for explaining a methodology, used in the paper "New gTLD Security, Stability, Resiliency Update: Exploratory Consumer Impact Analysis", for determining that any one of the applied for strings is more likely to be relevant in a particular region.


The contents of this presentation are largely contained in this paper:


The focus of this presentation is primarily on page 14 and 17.

Primary author

Andrew Simpson (Verisign)


Eric Osterweil (Verisign) Matt Thomas (Verisign)

Presentation materials