[dns-operations] TLD(s) for private use

Jothan Frakes jothan at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 08:50:39 UTC 2017

I deal with non-tech folks a lot who ask about this, and I have to give
them really simplistic answers (sky blue, stove hot, tree pretty, etc), and
in that spirit I have always described, when asked, that the ISO 3166 two
character x-space  XA-XZ as being similar in usage convention (give or
take) RFC 1918 address space for private use.

Jothan Frakes
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On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 8:01 PM, Andrew Sullivan <ajs at anvilwalrusden.com>

> On Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 08:45:20PM +0200, Jaap Akkerhuis wrote:
> >
> > The ISO 3166/MA changed it's way after the complains about re-assigning
> > CS.
> Yep.
> >  > the UN would not make such a request next time around because of the
> >  > trouble it caused.
> >
> > This is not how it works. The UN doesn't ask for a specific code.
> > Specific codes are assigned by the MA.
> I am perfectly aware that the UN specifies a number and then the
> 3166/MA assigns a code.  The idea, however, that there is no political
> consideration in this chain is a little hard for me to swallow.
> That's what I'm worried about.
> > quotes the standard). The standard itself is owned by the ISO/Technical
> > Committee 46/Workgroup 2 "Coding of country names and related
> > entities"
> Yes.  That's what I think is problematic.  If ISO actually made an
> "assignment" to ensure that these codes were user assigned, I'd feel
> more comfy.  Otherwise, they can take anything from the reserved
> space.  This is not to prejudge what they _will_ do: I think they're
> super unlikely to do it too.  I just think that standards need to rely
> on something more definite, or else on nothing.
> A
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