The Internet Company for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Approved the use of new “top-level domains”, which we will start to see next year. So instead of using .com, .net, or .org at the end of websites, businesses (and affluent individuals) can create their own “.whatever” suffixes.
If I had $ 185,000 and wanted to sell some really comfortable pants, for example, I could do it at http: //www.pants.doug – that’s what’s happening. ICANN will accept initial applications between January 12 and April 12 of next year.
(FOLLOWING: Want a custom domain suffix? Prepare to shell out at least $ 185,000)
ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom said the following:
ICANN has opened up 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 will allow the domain name system to better serve all of humanity.
It’s one way of looking at it. Some, like tech activist Lauren Weinstein, see it a little differently.
The negative impacts of this fiasco on ordinary consumers and internet users will eventually become all too clear, as the resulting effects of massive increases in cybersquatting, spammers and phishing take hold.
But other than that, with the world still grappling with an economic crisis that threatens to worsen desperately at any time, the ethically empty nature of this whole plan is evident.
Could some or all of this money perhaps be used for better purposes than for the creation and maintenance of an artificial form of artificial “domain names” to buy whether you like it or not? ? many crucial technical, political, blocking, neutrality, censorship and free speech issues that are at the forefront of the internet today – a “product” which can in fact exacerbate blocking and censorship?
While it can be argued that how businesses and individuals choose to spend their money is up to them, issues of security and censorship are worth considering.
How to get approved (or denied) a custom domain suffix
What prevents me from registering the .pants suffix (other than not having $ 185,000) so that I can resell it – at a nice profit – to a big company like Girbaud (their jeans? are always cool, right?) Who really wants to sell pants?