|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Star Joint Venture|
|Sponsor||Star Joint Venture (Korea Computer Center)|
|Intended use||Entities connected with North Korea|
|Actual use||Used mainly by government|
|Registered domains||9 (As of 22 April 2017)|
|Registration restrictions||Must be a company, organization, or government entity based in North Korea|
|Structure||Names can be registered directly at the second level, or at the third level within generic second-level domains|
|Registry website||Registry website address published on IANA Delegation Record is No longer accessible|
North Korea applied for the .kp Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) in 2004. ICANN, however, refused because North Korea did not meet some of the requirements. Another attempt was made via Korea Computer Center (KCC) Europe in 2006. Later, the main body of KCC and the North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations petitioned ICANN again. They were refused again for providing insufficient information. A new application was sent in January 2007 and an ICANN delegation visited the country in May. This time ICANN agreed to assign .kp to North Korea.
Previously, the .kp domain was managed by Korea Computer Center (KCC) Europe. A large number of .kp websites were also hosted by KCC Europe in Germany. However, in 2011, management was transferred to the Pyongyang-based Star Joint Venture.
Neither the North Korea government agencies nor the central registry have published the second-level domain registration rules. However, according to the using practices shown by the currently existing and accessible North Korea domains and websites, while regarding the worldwide country-code second-level domain distribution rules, the second-level domain rules in North Korea can be interpreted as below. Please be aware that all commercial organizations in the North Korea are state-owned, while star-co.net.kp seems to be the only commercial email service provider in the North Korea.
- aca.kp : Academic and research institutes
- com.kp : Generally commercial organizations and sometimes government propaganda agencies also
- edu.kp : Institutions of higher education
- law.kp : Legal firms
- org.kp : Industrial associations, civil organizations, and public funds
- gov.kp : Government departments
- rep.kp : the Party's propaganda agencies
- net.kp : Internet service providers and email service providers
- sca.kp : Affiliated institutes under the Ministry of Culture
The following are externally accessible domain name examples of the use of second-level domain names:
- aca.kp : www.mirae.aca.kp,
- com.kp : www.airkoryo.com.kp, www.knic.com.kp, www.friend.com.kp
- edu.kp : www.ryongnamsan.edu.kp, www.kut.edu.kp, www.gpsh.edu.kp
- law.kp : www.fia.law.kp
- org.kp : cooks.org.kp, www.koredufund.org.kp, www.kass.org.kp
- gov.kp : mfa.gov.kp, www.moph.gov.kp, www.tourismdprk.gov.kp
- rep.kp : rodong.rep.kp, www.vok.rep.kp, gnu.rep.kp
- net.kp : [Usually appears as the extension for email addresses published elsewhere on other North Korean websites: e.g. @star-co.net.kp]
- sca.kp : www.korart.sca.kp
Existing and externally accessible domain listEdit
- Coldewey, Devin (20 September 2016). "North Korea accidentally lets slip all its .KP domains — and there aren't many". TechCrunch. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
- "Preliminary Report for Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors". 11 September 2007.
- Seliger, Bernhard; Schmidt, Stefan (2010). The Hermit Kingdom Goes Online: Information Technology, Internet Use and Communication Policy in North Korea. Jefferson: McFarland. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4766-1770-1.
- Hoare, James E. (2012). "Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)". Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea. London: Scarecrow Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-8108-7987-4.
- ".kp domain assigned to Star JV". North Korea Tech. 3 May 2011.
- "North Korea’s DNS files reveal few Internet websites". North Korea Tech. September 2016.
- Bryant, Matthew (21 September 2016). "NorthKoreaDNSLeak". GitHub. TL;DR Project. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
- Williams, Martyn (13 September 2017). "North Korean cultural websites". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
- Williams, Martyn (9 August 2018). "Kim Chaek University of Technology launches Internet web site". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
- Williams, Martyn (27 September 2018). "Manmusang website appears on the Internet". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- Williams, Martyn (13 September 2017). "North Korean government and NGO websites". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
- Williams, Martyn (14 September 2017). "The Pyongyang Times has a new address". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
- Williams, Martyn (19 July 2017). "North Korea's tourism agency is online". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
- Kyungmin Ko; Seungkwon Jang; Heejin Lee (2008). ".kp North Korea". Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008. IDRC. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-7619-3674-9.