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Tuesday May 6th, 2003

Brad Neuberg writes in with news of a new open source project called Paper Airplane, which relies heavily on Mozilla technologies. Paper Airplane is a browser-cum-peer-network that enables users to easily create collaborative online communities, even if they're running behind firewalls or NATs. Brad is looking for volunteers to participate in the project, which uses JXTA and Java as well as the Mozilla application framework.


#9 Info about how Paper Airplane interacts with DNS

by BradNeuberg <bkn3@columbia.edu>

Tuesday May 6th, 2003 3:31 PM

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Hi. The way that Paper Airplane works is that it respects the existing DNS system for the pre-existing country-code endings, the standard .com, .edu, .org, etc. endings, and the seven or eight new endings that were approved a few years ago. I think .name is one of those seven or eight endings that were approved, so if I included it in my list then I made a mistake. The way that Paper Airplane will work is if a user types a domain name into the address bar that has one of the domain endings defined above from the older DNS, then the older DNS system will be used; otherwise, the peer network is contacted to resolve the domain name into an actual web-site.

Any new endings that come down from ICANN that clash with what Paper Airplane is doing _won't_ be respected. I have a variety of reasons for this, but one of them is that I feel that ICANN no longer has any legitimacy. One of the reasons I've started work on Paper Airplane is that I got tired of complaining about ICANN and wanted to actually do something about them.

Thanks, Brad Neuberg