If news reports are to be believed, the West African country of Mali is planning to let anybody register .ML domain names for free.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Here’s how The Register described the plan:
The .ML domain will be carved up in three phases, with a “Sunrise” phase in May and subsequent June “Land Rush” during which hundreds of generic and premium domain names will be released. Applicants are asked to contemplate “strategic partnership opportunities” during that period of time. Come July 15th, the world+dog can take their pick.
At first I thought it might be a late April Fool’s joke, but it appears that a press release from Freedom Registry confirms the plan…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.