Making small changes to complex high availability systems can have extreme consequences. When these systems provide critical services to the entire planet – like, say, the Domain Name System – even minor changes must be analyzed very carefully.
That’s why ICANN hired us to perform a study on the security and stability implications of a proposed deployment of dotless domain names, or dotless generic Top Level Domains. Allowing dotless names would allow independent third parties to operate web sites like “http://search/” or “https://bank/”
No dots. Seems simple, right? Our study covers the breadth and scope of the entire Domain Name System, from the technology used to the people consuming the technology.
You can view the ICANN post about the study, with a link to our report, here: http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-05aug13-en.htm