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Soviet Internet Domain Survives in Obscurity ( .su )
Moscow Times ^ | 08/13/08 | Anna Yukhananov

Posted on 08/13/2008 5:00:34 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Soviet Internet Domain Survives – in Obscurity

13 August 2008

By Anna Yukhananov / Special to The Moscow Times

In the culmination of a decades-long debate, the international community has finally recognized the Soviet Union — online, that is.

The ISO, or International Organization for Standardization, voted this summer to grant the .su domain the status of exclusively reserved. Previously, all web sites ending in .su were to be phased out by 2042, at the latest.

"The zone is stable, it lives, and it will always live," Vladimir Molchanov, deputy director of the nonprofit Foundation for Internet Development, told a briefing Friday.

The .su domain, like .ru for Russia and .fr for France, represented a physical country — the Soviet Union — when it was first created in 1991, months before the state's final disintegration.

While most countries that changed names since the start of the Internet age — including Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia — lost their Internet domain codes, the Soviet Union continued to exist in cyberspace, buoyed in recent years by a flood of support from committed online users.

(Excerpt) Read more at themoscowtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; Technical
KEYWORDS: domain; internet; russia; sovietunion

1 posted on 08/13/2008 5:00:35 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: neverdem

Ping!


2 posted on 08/13/2008 5:01:40 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The Russians will need it soon.


3 posted on 08/13/2008 5:25:38 AM PDT by SolidWood (God Bless Georgia and grant them victory over Russia!)
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To: SolidWood
The Russians will need it soon.

Agreed. The USSR will be back within the next 2-3 years.

4 posted on 08/13/2008 6:22:38 AM PDT by Thunder90
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Putin should create his own website at http://www.kremlin.su


5 posted on 08/13/2008 6:25:49 AM PDT by Thunder90
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