20 Feb '12, 1am

DomainNews: ICANN Dot-Anything: Rethinking the Scope of the New GTLD Expansion, It's Effect on Government Regula...

Just like the technology world prepared for Y2K, the dot-com centric way of Internet addressing is preparing to change. Instead of typing www.dot.com into your web browser, you will be able to enter www.dot.anything. This is because the organization in charge of domain names, ICANN, has approved plans for the introduction of new gTLD extensions. This dramatically increases the number of TLDs, with familiar domain extensions like .com, .org, and .net, from the current 22 to an unlimited number of TLDs. ICANN is rewriting the nomenclature for web addressing. More importantly, the expansion is likely to place an undue burden on government regulation and negatively impact trademark owners. During ICANN’s incorporation in 1999, careful consideration was given to its technical functions, its obligation to the global public interest and its governance over the Internet. These con...

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