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John.Michael.Kane
June 27th, 2008, 07:28 PM
http://news.zdnet.com/2424-9595_22-208742.html


'.wow': ICANN to allow almost any domain suffix

At its meeting in Paris, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a not-for-profit organization that oversees the naming scheme for web sites, voted to accept a proposal that will allow companies to purchase new top-level domain names ending in almost whatever suffix they choose.

So, for example, instead of being restricted to sites ending in .com or .org., eBay could have a site that ends in .ebay, or New York City could end its website address with .nyc.

The new naming process will begin in 2009. The first suffixes will probably be given to businesses and other major organizations. Countries are expected to keep their specific suffixes, but, as in the example above, cities could also get individualized URLs, such as .london or .chicago.

In an effort to deter cybersquatters, the organization is likely to charge a hefty price for the new names. Some experts have estimated that the new domain names could cost anywhere from $50,000 (25,200) to $100,000 or more. ICANN plans to give companies with trademarked names priority for those names.

The group also voted to allow public comment on a proposal that would enable countries to use non-English script. For example, companies could use Chinese or Arabic script to identify their web sites.

Paul Twomey, chief executive of ICANN, told the BBC earlier this week that allowing the new naming conventions would create new "real estate" on the internet.

However, some experts have expressed concerns that the decision could result in a gold-rush mentality. While trademarked names will only be available to holders of those trademarks, there are many common words that people may want to register as web site suffixes, such as '.sex'.

The suffix .xxx was rejected by ICANN last year, but it could also prove to be a popular suffix under the more relaxed policy. However, Twomey told Agence France-Press that the organization will still try to block or reject any domain name that it deems inappropriate for security or moral reasons.

wrtpeeps
June 27th, 2008, 07:45 PM
I can tell already this is going to suck. We are going to:

1. have ridiculous suffixes,
2. have to remember the suffix aswell as the actual domain.

zmjjmz
June 27th, 2008, 07:47 PM
Can I register ".icannisinsane"?
(Mercilessly ripped from userfriendly.org, soon to be userfriendly.register4less)

wrtpeeps
June 27th, 2008, 07:51 PM
And how will this work for phising?

Going to have things like barclays.bank?

Or hotmail.msn? :(

FyreBrand
June 27th, 2008, 09:23 PM
This will be interesting. It will also be interesting to see if non-roman characters will be allowed in the url.

I too think this could be a phishing nightmare if you type the url into the locater bar and have the browser go there directly. It seems the "safe method" could be to have the locater bar call your default search engine if multiple results show up. If you try something now with nvidia.com and nvidea.com (don't click to go there you get an add aggregate type of site that makes money from you forward clicking) you get very different results. The latter seems to make money from ad forwarding and never really points you to nvidia's website. Having odd endings, I think, will only magnify this problem a lot.

wrtpeeps
June 27th, 2008, 09:25 PM
This will be interesting. It will also be interesting to see if non-roman characters will be allowed in the url.

I too think this could be a phishing nightmare if you type the url into the locater bar and have the browser go there directly. It seems the "safe method" could be to have the locater bar call your default search engine if multiple results show up. If you try something now with nvidia.com and nvidea.com (don't click to go there you get an add aggregate type of site that makes money from you forward clicking) you get very different results. The latter seems to make money from ad forwarding and never really points you to nvidia's website. Having odd endings, I think, will only magnify this problem a lot.

Apparently non roman characters WILL be allowed. Though I can't remember where I saw that.

Perhaps someone told me.

phaed
June 27th, 2008, 09:29 PM
There are still plenty of domain names available under dozens of tlds. The problem is getting people use them, much like getting people to use Linux.

People have brand loyalty. In a complex world, it's easier to stick with what you know, even if an alternative is better.

madjr
June 27th, 2008, 09:59 PM
guess i'll be using google.com more than ever to find the real sites.

or is it search.google ?

Barrucadu
June 27th, 2008, 10:12 PM
How long 'til .linux is taken? Or .bsd?