Auditing Internet Authorities

The proper functioning of the Internet relies on decisions made by Internet authorities such as ICANN and the RIRs. We conduct measurements to understand the intended and unintended consequences of their decisions. Our current work is focused on understanding how ICANN’s decision to expand the set of generic TLDs (gTLDs) has impacted popular brands and organizations due to the increasing rate of typosquatting.


Extortion or Expansion? An investigation into the costs and consequences of ICANN’s gTLD experiments. Shahrooz Pouryousef, Daniyal Dar, Suleman Ahmad, Phillipa Gill, and Rishab Nithyanand. Proceedings of the Passive and Active Measurement Conference, PAM 2020. [Source code] | [Data]