Imagine a web where domains can end in just about any generic top-level domain (new gTLD), e.g. .metafilter. Well, that's soon a reality
The organization that oversees the Internet address system is preparing to open the floodgates to a nearly limitless selection of new website suffixes, including ones in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. That could usher in the most sweeping transformation of the Domain Name System since its creation in the 1980s [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jun 18, 2011 -
The days of needing
to remember several telephone numbers, numerous VOIP or instant
message identities and other points of contact
for our social and professional networks are over.
posted by airguitar
on May 17, 2006 -
High noon showdown on the Internet.
Well, 6:00 p.m. showdown, anyway. "For all these reasons, ICANN has today insisted that VeriSign suspend the SiteFinder service, and restore the .com and .net top-level domains to the way they were operated prior to 15 September 2003. If VeriSign does not comply with this demand by 6:00 PM PDT on 4 October 2003, ICANN will be forced to take the steps necessary to enforce VeriSign's contractual obligations." (via Spinnoff
, and a followup to this post
and this one
posted by UKnowForKids
on Oct 3, 2003 -
the the dot
. The guy who runs the Internet Multicasting Service
teamed up with the guy who runs the Internet Software Consortium
and submitted a proposal to mange the .ORG registry. ICANN's conslutants [sic] dumped on the proposal
(300KB PDF) claiming it is among the worst proposals from a technical standpoint
. Mind you, ISC produces the software that runs the DNS and actually operates root and top-level servers. And ICANN thinks they lack the technical mojo? Wow! Are we all ready to admit that ICANN is completely corrupt and beyond saving? More info here
. (via IP
posted by chipr
on Aug 31, 2002 -
Anyone who ever spent any time on the Domain-Policy mailing list before NetSol shut it down without warning a year or more back (it was starting to look evidentiary, you see, and they didn't want to get sued...) will be familiar with much of what's in this Salon piece
about John "Gnu" Gilmore, CORE, ICANN('t), and the Great Domain Registration Fiasco.
posted by baylink
on Jul 3, 2002 -
The Reverend Catherine Sims,
on behalf of her Detroit-based "Love Thy Neighbor Corp.", has been using ICANN UDRP complaints to try to wrest control over the domain LoveThyNeighbor.org
from "Love Thy Neighbor Fund Inc.", a Florida charity. She's also been trying to gain control over GodSpeaks.net
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Aug 4, 2001 -
I for one am getting fed up with ICANN's bureaucratic muddle and the slow pace at which they do everything, not to mention their fundamentally anti-user attitude towards things. Now they've declared
that they're in charge. Horseshit! It is the users
who are in charge of the Internet. You don't have to limit yourself to the top level domains that ICANN is dribbling out; you can go to new.net
and install their plugin (Mac version available), and enable such domains as .travel, .mp3, .sport, .club, .tech and (hoo-hah!) .xxx. Strike a blow for freedom, and tweak ICANN's nose! They need to learn that they'll have to move fast or become irrelevant.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jul 14, 2001 -
Feeling Safe about the Keeper of Domain Names
Anyone notice that at least at 10:30am EST that Network Solutions homepage brings up an Error page? Doesn't that make us all feel safe.
And then there was the Registrars.com registrar transfer form which didn't think the domain I was trying to transfer had been registered (but if you used their WHOIS it showed it was).
posted by matte
on Jan 31, 2001 -
Maybe ICANN really can't.
There may be a revolt among all those Europeans who think that they own their parts of the Internet. (Who do they think they are, anyway? Don't they realize that they're just electronic colonies of the US?)
Actually, I'm with them; I think ICANN is getting just a little too full of itself.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Nov 25, 2000 -
ICANN announces new international TLDs
Apparently they resolved the problem of businesses buying up their domain names in the new namespaces by choosing TLDs that no one would want.
Visit me at www.rattanchairs.info! My personal web site is www.ryan.name...
posted by rschram
on Nov 16, 2000 -
All of this talk about madonna.com and string.com seems to me to be just a mad scramble to grab a 'scarce' resource (ie. the .com TLD). The only problem is that the scarcity is completely artificial.
Networking expert and lawyer Karl Auerbach
has just been elected to ICANN as the US at-large rep on a platform of reducing ICANN's role from it current one as a overreaching international law making body.
He says that the DNS system is capable of handling far more than just a few top-level domains like .com, .org, .net, .uk, .au etc. He says it could handle millions
posted by lagado
on Oct 17, 2000 -
The Head Lemur's campaign
for the ICANN Board of Directors enters the next phase. During the month of August, there is a member nomination period, in which individuals can win a place on the ballot by attracting the support of 2% of the activated members in his/her region, up to a total limit of 7 nominees per region.
From now until August 31st, all activated At Large members will be able to "endorse" a candidate for member-nomination in their region. The list of candidates
, including Alan Herrell (The Head Lemur), have been through the nominating process. Please keep your membership number, your password (sent via email), and your PIN number (sent via postal mail) handy, because you will need to use them to endorse any candidate for member nomination, and to vote in October.
posted by netbros
on Aug 15, 2000 -
ICANN's Report on new Top Level Domains
came out a few days ago, and I saw a list in a paper of some of the new proposed TLDs. These include: .shop, .travel, .news, .sex or .xxx, .web, .arts, .store. Two things worthy of discussion - what's the difference between .shop .store and .web (and where are other CONTENT based divisions such as .gay, .fan, .info, .zine, .kids) and secondly, why are these supposedly GLOBAL domain names all in full uncompressed English?
posted by barbelith
on Jul 21, 2000 -
Free domains, it looks like.
Register a .cc domain, and get some coupons to register some .com domains. The catch seems to be is that the .cc people are the administrative contact for the first year, which I guess means they "own" it. Should be okay though, as long as you don't do anything naughty
posted by endquote
on Jul 12, 2000 -
Anyone else joined up for this?
With all the grief that ICANN
seem to be causing these days, I'm curious how many other people out there have joined the ICANN Member-At-Large program, and if anyone has posted any comments yet. To me, requiring someone to get 10% of the Asian region, to be self-nominated, seems most improbable.
posted by nomisxid
on May 30, 2000 -
I think ICANN, I think ICANN...
I'm one of 2600 North Americanskis to apply for an "@large" membership in the first 5 days
(but they're using snail mail to send me a PIN number I need to access memberstuff in addition to
a password they e-mailed me... )
Will joining give me a chance to get my voice heard? Or a feeling of webgeek belonging? Or just something to put on the resume to impress the internet-clueless?
Is this an example of (cliche #1)"keeping your friends close and your enemies closer"? Or (cliche #2) "I wouldn't want to join any club that would have me as a member"? Do I have any idea what I'm talking about?
posted by wendell
on Mar 1, 2000 -
Here's a nice survey of geographic location
of domain name ownership. I was surprised to see that people in Los Angeles own more domains than San Francisco
, but I assume the researcher didn't lump all the Silicon Valley cities together to get that number. I'm sure a "Bay Area" grouping would be number one. Of the .com, .org, and .net addresses, the US still leads the world with 2/3 of all addresses in that domainspace, so I guess the web will continue to be American-centric for some time.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 14, 2000 -
The delay in adding new top level domains drags on,
and there seems to be no solution in sight. ICANN can't agree on whether or not to add new TLDs like .biz, .cars, or .corp., but they are discussing it at an upcoming meeting in March. I would hope they add enough domains to make domain squatting difficult, but I bet large corporations will just buy everything with their name it anyway, and fight over others' use of their name with a different TLD. What a mess.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 28, 2000 -
If one wants to register a domain, one should go to Joker
. No, that price, twenty bucks a year, isn't a joke, nor are their any more catches than with InterNIC. And you thought ICANN and de-regulation wouldn't do anything good.
posted by tdecius
on Oct 12, 1999 -