.ly Domain on the Verge of Shutdown?

The impact of total internet shutdown in Libya is causing tremors around the globe, and it gravely threatens the .ly domain shutdown.

Libya’s top level domain, .ly, is commonly used for url shortener websites, the biggest being bit.ly.

John Borthwick, CEO of bit.ly allayed all fears – “For .ly domains to be unresolvable the five .ly root servers that are authoritative *all* have to be offline, or responding with empty responses. Of the five root nameservers for the .ly TLD: two are based in Oregon, one is in the Netherlands and two are in Libya. ”

The .ly registry lies within Libya, and Kim Davies rightly states that despite having servers outside Libya will not help, as the updates should flow in through the registry.

So, the big question is whether a country top level domain be controlled within a geography?

I think this is something we should look at closely. Countries must be able to provide guidelines, and put rules around the block for registering country TLD. But, once an address is allocated, the presence of the url should not come under the purview of any nation, but directly under ICANN. This will ensure that politics within a country does not affect the rest of the world.

What are your thoughts on resolving this issue?

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