As ICANN begins making its initial approvals of generic top-level domain names, it has admitted that it can't predict whether it will make life easier for users or simply more confusing.
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Generic top-level domains such as .melbourne and .cba will be among the first applications processed for the new naming system.
The Australian government has spent some time filtering through what generic top-level domains it thinks should make it to the internet, taking issue with ones like .fail.
Saudi Arabia, among other countries, has complained about an application for the .gay gTLD, but why is it even a concern?
The film industry, universities and banks were among the Australian organisations that applied for the most generic top-level domain names (gTLDs).
US companies such as Google and Amazon dominate ICANN's almost 2,000-strong list of bidders for new generic top-level domains, which can now reflect brand names as in .apple or topics such as .wedding and .sex
Tonight, ICANN will reveal which companies are going for what generic top-level domain names in its first round of applications.
ICANN will reopen the application system for generic top-level domains on Tuesday, the organisation said late last week.The body, which administers the DNS root zone, had to shut down the gTLD application system on 12 April due to a bug that made some applicants' details visible to others.
ICANN, the body running registrations for the new generic top-level domains, has offered refunds to applicants who have been inconvenienced by a shutdown of the application system.The organisation, which is responsible for managing the DNS root zone, closed down the gTLD application system on 12 April, because it had a bug that exposed the applications details of some applicants to others.
ICANN has said it will tell gTLD applicants by early next week whether their information was exposed by a security glitch in ICANN's application system.Internet address coordinator ICANN said on Friday that it would tell applicants for generic top level domains (gTLDs) whether their application details had been exposed by the glitch.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has extended the deadline for the submission of applications for generic top-level domains (gTLDs), because of a bug in its application system.
Applications for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are open for three months from this week, but organisations that miss out or wait to see what their competitors do risk being left behind, according to Melbourne IT CEO Theo Hnarakis.
From this week, businesses will be able to apply for top-level domains using any word— think .gay and .car — despite US regulators' security concerns
It may become easier to remember a New South Wales or Victorian government website in future, after the two today went to market for new generic top-level domain names to spruce up their web addresses.
In three months Icann will accept applications for new top-level domains. Are you ready?
Icann is preparing for new generic top-level domain applications. Rod Beckstrom, the chief executive of Icann, talks to ZDNet UK about his work at the heart of the internet
From 2012, companies will be able to pay £114,000 to register almost any word in any language as a generic top-level domain, paving the way for extensions such as .coke
The global body that charts the course of the internet has voted to allow the creation of new website domain suffixes by private companies.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has elected New Zealand lawyer Peter Dengate Thrush as its new chairman, replacing one of the Internet's "founding fathers", Vint Cerf.
In June the governments of the world will gather to present their views on how ICANN - possibly the most criticised group on the Internet - should be reformed. The DTI is taking submissions