Global internet regulatory body ushers in new era

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Voting in Singapore on Monday, ICANN’s board — lauding the decision as a “historic change” — decided to increase the number of generic top-level domains names (.com, .org, .net etc) from the current 22.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is global body responsible for managing the internet’s domain name system.

The decision now allows private companies to have their own domain names. Therefore, a major firm such as General Motors could choose to have its own domain name such as “.gm”.

Sebastien Bachollet, an ICANN board member who was in favour of the proposal said that although some people feared the new suffixes would lead to confusion, he felt that, “…we have the tools to ensure the phase of stress will be brief.”

Explaining the new suffixes, Michele Jourdan, communications manager for the ICANN said, “While they won’t have a technical impact on the way the internet operates, they could potentially change the way people find information and how businesses plan and structure their online presence.”

Rod Beckstrom, President and CEO of ICANN, also said of the decision, “ICANN has opened the internet’s naming system to unleash the global human imagination. Today’s decision respects the rights of groups to create new top-level domains in any language or script. We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind.”

Despite the unleashing of “global human imagination” the figures associated with registering a new domain may also give some insight into why this decision was approved.

The application for a domain costs US$185 000. This amount does not account for the costs of setting up the domain name should it be approved. ICANN’s application guidebook which is more than 300 pages long sets out guidelines such as “ability to meet the technical requirements”.

ICANN has been thinking about this for a while. In March of this year, after stiff resistance from many including the porn industry itself, ICANN — amongst other top-level domain names — approved the .xxx domain name.

Image courtesy of ICANN.

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  • http://twitter.com/ianTweeting Ian Whiteley

    “Windows Phone 7 on Nokia handsets is the correct direction and abandoning Symbian seems like the smartest move” – Based on what? Where would Apple be if they had adopted someone else’s OS. Android is another case in point – the OS is where you need to play if you are to be relevant in the market – and Android did not take that long to develop, with far less mobile industry experience than Nokia.

  • Steve

    swipe.nokia.com

    Don’t you just love how 4 years after the release of the original iPhone, Nokia now discovers the swipe gesture, and markets it as though it a new pioneering technology. How a company like Nokia goes from a position of “Nokia or nothing” a few years ago to being completely irrelevant as they are today, is staggering.

  • samaras

    I fail to see any fact regarding Meego, despite your outrageous headline that it is being tanked. Meego is mostly rated as promising not a failure. And its not really a Nokia project. its a Linux Foundation project. It excels in many other devices incl. cars. Stop going overboard just to make people read. Only symbian was mentioned in the Press Release.

  • http://twitter.com/d0dja Roger Hislop

    >I fail to see any fact regarding Meego, despite your outrageous headline that it is being tanked.

    Yeah, well that would be the bit linking to the phonesreview.co.uk story saying that MeeGo-based N9 will not be sold in UK or USA. And N9 being the only phone Nokia has that runs it would suggest that it has little, if any, future as a mobile phone platform. And yes, MeeGo may still have a future in embedded devices. And? Context. It’s so important.

  • http://grantmcwilliams.com grantmasterflash

    “And N9 being the only phone Nokia has that runs it would suggest that it has little, if any, future as a mobile phone platform.”

    Because Nokia is the only Mobile phone maker in the world. If Nokia doesn’t make it then it must not have a chance. Not sure where Android and iOS fit in this philosophy.

  • http://grantmcwilliams.com grantmasterflash

    “And N9 being the only phone Nokia has that runs it would suggest that it has little, if any, future as a mobile phone platform.”

    Because Nokia is the only Mobile phone maker in the world. If Nokia doesn’t make it then it must not have a chance. Not sure where Android and iOS fit in this philosophy.

  • samaras

    LG and Acer are looking to release staff on it.

  • http://twitter.com/d0dja Roger Hislop

    True – although pretty half heartedly. Acer has shown a tablet and a netbook, but no mobile. Intel is still behind MeeGo, but also pretty half heartedly. Which perhaps leaves the open source/LF guys to take it forward. Perhaps a Chinese mobe manufacturer will see it as a cheap altrnative to build product on?

    MeeGo may not die – but MeeGo on Nokia? I put my bets on a funeral wreath for that one…

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