ICANN Places .DESI Domain Names Under Emergency Program

In a recent development in the world of domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has made a significant decision regarding the .DESI domain. ICANN has placed .DESI domain names under its Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) program. Let’s break down what this means and why it matters.

Understanding .DESI

First, a quick refresher on .DESI – it’s a top-level domain (TLD) that was introduced in 2014. This domain is all about celebrating and representing the culture and identity of people from the Indian subcontinent, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the global diaspora. The term “desi” itself is derived from the Sanskrit word “deśīya,” meaning “one from our country.”

ICANN’s Role

ICANN is an essential organization responsible for managing domain names and ensuring the smooth operation of the internet. Their mission is to guarantee the security, stability, and resiliency of the internet.

Why the EBERO Program?

Now, let’s get to the heart of the matter: why has ICANN decided to place .DESI domain names in the EBERO program? This action comes following a request from the registry operator, Desi Networks LLC, to terminate their registry agreement and transfer .DESI to an EBERO. Importantly, this move is not driven by any technical issues. Instead, it’s about ensuring the continued operation of the nearly 1,900 domain names registered under .DESI.

What is the EBERO Program?

The Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) program is a safety net for domain names. It’s designed to be activated when a TLD registry operator needs assistance to maintain critical registry functions for a certain period. EBERO providers are experienced organizations with a track record of handling domain name services, registration data directory services, and extensible provisioning protocol services.

What’s Next for .DESI?

It’s important to note that .DESI domain names are open for registration to anyone, regardless of their location. While it’s particularly popular among people from the Indian subcontinent and its diaspora, it’s not limited to them. This openness means that individuals and businesses worldwide can join in celebrating and representing this culture.

ICANN is taking steps to secure the future of the .DESI domain. They are actively searching for a successor registry operator who will take over the long-term management of .DESI. This process aims to ensure the domain’s continued availability and stability.

In a nutshell, the decision to place .DESI domain names under the EBERO program is not due to technical issues but rather to ensure the ongoing operation of the domain. It’s a move to safeguard the digital space that celebrates the culture and heritage of people from the Indian subcontinent and their global diaspora.

ICANN’s commitment to maintaining the security, stability, and resiliency of the internet is evident through actions like this. As the organization works to secure a successor registry operator, .DESI remains poised to continue being a digital hub for cultural pride and celebration in the online world.



  1. David Blake Avatar
    David Blake

    It’s certainly unusual to see ICANN taking such a step as placing .desi domain names under an emergency program. This decision raises questions about the specific circumstances that led to this action, and what it means for the future of .desi domains. While it’s crucial for ICANN to ensure the stability and security of domain namespaces, transparency and clear communication about the reasons behind such measures are equally important. This development underscores the need for ongoing vigilance in maintaining the integrity of the domain name system. It will be interesting to see how this situation evolves and if any lessons can be learned to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

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