August 21, 2013
Over the past year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit organization that is responsible for, among other things, assigning domain names on the Internet, has given initial approval for over 1,500 new “top level domains” (abbreviated as TLDs and sometimes referred to as “domain extensions”).
This means, fairly soon, you could start seeing sites like http://www.site.love, http://www.site.beauty and http://www.site.toys, among many others.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be snapping up your own .baby or .love domain any time soon, many of the extensions may wind up being controlled by private organizations, such as L’oreal’s bid to control .beauty, where there are obvious business interests in the TLD itself, not in selling new domains. As such, many of those applications are for closed registrations, meaning that the operators of the extension will be selective in who they allow to register.
This has already sparked a predictable and understandable fear of corporate control over the Internet. But while the discussion about the balance between corporate control and Internet freedom is important, it’s also important to ask why ICANN is so eager to expand the number of extensions so quickly and what the impact of that expansion could be on the Internet.
Sadly, if previous expansions have taught us anything, it’s probably the latter. read more
Tags: .com, domain exentions, domain names, domains, Google, ICANN, SEO, Spam, tlds
February 12, 2011
With the advent of new domain name suffixes such as .car, .movie, and .web, we may be seeing soon a more wider form of navigating the entire web.
We may also be seeing groups scrambling for control. In fact, the battle is on between two gay organizations who are both willing to control the domain name suffix .gay.
The Dot-Gay Alliance and DotGay LLC are both willing to pay the steep $185,000 application fee attached to new gTLDs to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), as well as the $25,000 annual fee to retain control of the suffix.
The Dot-Gay Alliance is planning to allocate 51% of its profits to different lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality and support organizations, making each .gay web address owner a contributor for the fight for LGBT equal rights.
On the other hand, DotGay LLC is planning to build communities around .gay. Imagine hotels.gay, lawyers.gay, health.gay, among others. It’s a pretty neat idea, admittedly.
What would complicate matters with future domain name suffixes is the news that the U.S. government is looking into gaining veto power over domain name suffixes. Currently, ICANN’s policy is to just ensure that a domain name suffix does not offend accepted legal norms of morality and public order that are recognized under principles of international law.
Tags: Dot-Gay Alliance, DotGay LLC, ICANN, LGBT