.kp

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.kp
Introduced 2007
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Star Joint Venture
Sponsor Star Joint Venture (Korea Computer Center)
Intended use Entities connected with
 North Korea
Actual use Used mainly by government
Registered domains 9 (As of April 22nd, 2017)[1]
Registration restrictions Must be a company, organisation, or government entity based in North Korea
Registry Website www.star.co.kp

.kp is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea). It was created on 24 September 2007.[2]

History[edit]

North Korea applied for the .kp Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) in 2004. ICANN, however, refused because North Korea did not meet some of the requirements. Another attempt was made via Korea Computer Center (KCC) Europe in 2006. Later, the main body of KCC and the North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations petitioned ICANN again. They were refused again for providing insufficient information. A new application was sent in January 2007 and an ICANN delegation visited the country in May, this time ICANN agreed to assign .kp to North Korea.[3]

Domains and subdomains[edit]

As of 2017, at least nine .kp top level domains[4] and more than 30 domains are registered. These are as follows:[5]

  • airkoryo.com.kp
  • cooks.org.kp
  • friend.com.kp
  • gnu.rep.kp
  • kass.org.kp
  • kcna.kp
  • kiyctc.com.kp
  • knic.com.kp
  • kptc.kp
  • ksf.com.kp
  • korean-books.com.kp[6]
  • koredufund.org.kp
  • korelcfund.org.kp
  • korfilm.com.kp
  • lrit-dc.star.net.kp
  • ma.gov.kp
  • masikryong.com.kp
  • mediaryugyong.com.kp
  • mfa.gov.kp[7]
  • naenara.com.kp
  • nta.gov.kp
  • portal.net.kp
  • pyongyangtimes.com.kp[8]
  • rcc.net.kp
  • rep.kp
  • rodong.rep.kp
  • ryongnamsan.edu.kp
  • sdprk.org.kp
  • silibank.net.kp
  • star-co.net.kp
  • star-di.net.kp
  • star.co.kp
  • star.edu.kp
  • star.net.kp
  • tourismdprk.gov.kp[9]
  • vok.rep.kp

Previously, the .kp domain was managed by Korea Computer Center (KCC) Europe. A large number of .kp websites were also hosted by KCC Europe in Germany. However, as of 2012, management has been transferred to the Pyongyang-based Star Joint Venture.[10]

Some .kp addresses are used by the North Korean Intranet only.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coldewey, Devin (20 September 2016). "North Korea accidentally lets slip all its .KP domains — and there aren't many". TechCrunch. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Preliminary Report for Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors". 11 September 2007.
  3. ^ Seliger, Bernhard; Schmidt, Stefan (2010). The Hermit Kingdom Goes Online: Information Technology, Internet Use and Communication Policy in North Korea. Jefferson: McFarland. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4766-1770-1. 
  4. ^ "North Korea’s DNS files reveal few Internet websites". North Korea Tech. September 2016.
  5. ^ Bryant, Matthew (21 September 2016). "NorthKoreaDNSLeak". GitHub. TL;DR Project. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Williams, Martyn (13 September 2017). "North Korean cultural websites". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Williams, Martyn (13 September 2017). "North Korean government and NGO websites". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Williams, Martyn (14 September 2017). "The Pyongyang Times has a new address". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Williams, Martyn (19 July 2017). "North Korea's tourism agency is online". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  10. ^ ".kp domain assigned to Star JV". North Korea Tech. 3 May 2011.
  11. ^ Kyungmin Ko; Seungkwon Jang; Heejin Lee (2008). ".kp North Korea". Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008. IDRC. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-7619-3674-9. 

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