ICANN Says No to .travel Typo Search

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has rejected a request by the operator of the .travel top-level domain name to redirect all mis-typed and non-existent Web addresses to a search service, much like VeriSign's controversial "Site Finder." Tralliance, which was appointed by ICANN -- the non-profit group that governs the Internet DNS […]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has rejected a request by the operator of the .travel top-level domain name to redirect all mis-typed and non-existent Web addresses to a search service, much like VeriSign's controversial "Site Finder."

Tralliance, which was appointed by ICANN -- the non-profit group that governs the Internet DNS system -- to managed .travel registrations, wanted to direct users to a page that contained travel-related search results for the term they had typed in, along with offering to register the name if they were eligible. The .travel domains are restricted to companies in the travel industry.

An initial review panel recommended the proposal be rejected on the grounds that it was no different from VeriSign's efforts to profit from mis-spelled Web addresses with Site Finder. EarthLink has rolled out a similar service for its Internet customers, prompting a backlash from users.

In 2003, VeriSign began redirecting all nonexistent Web addresses to Site Finder, which displayed a page containing links to possible intended destinations and a search box. VeriSign said 900 million DNS queries each day are for nonexistent domains.
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