06 January 2009

Technology highlights of 2008 - ICANN Generic TLDs

Anything placed on the Internet can only be reached by its web address and the TLDs are main part of this addressing scheme. Introduction of new generic domain names by the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), will see its first applications during mid 2009. Currently only 21 top level domains (TLDs) like.com, .net, .gov, etc exist but this is to change in a big way.

It has a significant impact in the virtual geographical expansion of the Internet and will see new business models emerge. According to this proposal it will now be possible have unlimited list of generic domain names, including brands like .eoman or .brandoman, as well as broader groups like .phone, .pc, .shop, .car, .author .blog etc.

Expansion in the characters used beyond the currently accepted 37 Roman characters will have a profound impact on the future of Internet in emerging markets like Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia.

People are free to apply for any domain name, but they will have to show that they have a business background and the technical ability to run a registry and this has huge costs involved. More details on this at http://preview.tinyurl.com/6hacwf.

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