New top level domains are coming

June 23rd, 2011 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

It’s taken 15 years or so, but finally there is a clear process for peope to be able to apply for and create new top level domains such as .com.

has announced:

ICANN’s Board of Directors has approved a plan to usher in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet’s Domain Name System.   The Board vote was 13 approving, 1 opposed, and 2 abstaining.

During a special meeting, the Board approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of Internet domain name endings — called generic top-level domains (gTLDs) — from the current 22, which includes such familiar domains as .com, .org and .net. …

ICANN will soon begin a global campaign to tell the world about this dramatic change in Internet names and to raise awareness of the opportunities afforded by new gTLDs. Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012.

It will cost around US$200,000 to apply but it is expected hundreds will, maybe thousands. I’d say a .blog TLD is highly likely, and one may even see a .kiwi emerge.

To some degree ICANN was set up to solve the problem of who decides what new top level domains are created, and what the criteria will be. As I said it has taken 15 years to get to this point, where people can apply under a clear policy and process.

The retiring chair of ICANN is New Zealander . It is not a coincidence that this happened on his watch, as Peter has led ICANN through the hazards of opponents of new TLDs – mainly the intellectual property industry and certain Governments.

If .blog is created, I’ll certainly try to get kiwi.blog. Likewise if there is a .kiwi I might try for blog.kiwi :-)

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14 Responses to “New top level domains are coming”

  1. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    I look forward to the day when phone numbers are abstracted into domain name style addresses as well.

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  2. Daigotsu (458 comments) says:

    LOL Labour is so fucked. Three years in opposition and they are still can’t find their arse from their elbow! This just shows what a bunch of no hopers they are. They need to Dump Goff with a bullet in the brain, it’s the kindest way.

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  3. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    Daigotsu is doing his best impression of the average kiwiblog comment. Love it.

    either that or Murray (or similar) has changed his handle.

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  4. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Bed Rater

    Daigotsu could see through the surface story being told here and discern a Labour Party plot to control the internet.

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  5. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    This satire is really getting abstract…..

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  6. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Top level domains mainly exist to benefit the domain name industry. Think back to .biz. Did it serve any use other than to force corporates to register .biz domains covering their brands to stop cyber-squatters from using them? If there is a .kiwi then it’ll just mean that existing .nz businesses and organisations will just have to pay domain name registrars to pickup the .kiwi mapping to their existing .nz. It is a mess, and being made messier.

    [DPF: I agree mainly resulted in duplicate registrations, but the good thing about say 500 new TLDs is companies won't try and cover all TLDs. They will just pick hopefully the one or two they need.
    The artificial scarcity of TLDs means .com names are over-priced for most common words.New TLDs will allow choice. What if a significant number would prefer to be .kiwi than .nz? Why should they be denied]

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  7. Daigotsu (458 comments) says:

    Sorry, I commented on the wrong post! LOL my face is red!

    I know I’ll get demerits for being off topic but that’s life I guess.

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  8. Mick Mac (1,091 comments) says:

    .XXX and .sex had better be there, then we can turn off all the porn in the other domains.
    Oh a clean and safe Internet for our kids, what a joy!

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  9. chiz (1,144 comments) says:

    I agree with davidp. The only top level domain changes we need is the introduction of a .gen or a .misc and, perhaps, the retiring of .net. Anything else is just a money making scam. What is so hard to understand about the concept of a hierarchical name space?

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  10. simonway (387 comments) says:

    chiz, I believe .info is meant to serve as the domain for “general-purpose” websites (essentially the TLD equivalent of .gen.nz).

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  11. chiz (1,144 comments) says:

    Thats a new one on me. The .info homepage states that is “ideal to communicate information to people who are looking for it”. A quick check with google confirms that that is how many people seem to be using it rather than as a general purpose domain.

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  12. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    Quite obviously a money making scam by ICANN. Life was much better with just .com .org and .net.
    Any website on a .biz, .tv, .info page are most likely spam/phishing pages. You might as well ignore them.

    Anyway, since Google has been big we haven’t really needed proper domain names. I’m sure we’ve all seen people wanting to go to amazon.com, and typing “amazon.com” in Google and following the first link. I’d say a great portion of the internet now don’t have any understanding of DNS – if it’s not a link or search result, the page won’t be seen.

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  13. justinian (21 comments) says:

    Not to mention a vast increase in the potential references to the WIPO UDRP.

    As I understand it registrants can define their own gTLD suffix. Therefore I am sure that .blog will be available. It will be the use of familiar or trademarked suffixes that will result in disputes.

    I am sure that there will be guidelines. I hardly see an abbreviated country name as a suffix – like .aust.

    I reckon indigenous people may well raise an issue if their name was used as a suffix – .tainui., .lakota or even .maori would bring on all sorts of grief – and possibly with justification

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  14. chiz (1,144 comments) says:

    tristanb:I’m sure we’ve all seen people wanting to go to amazon.com, and typing “amazon.com” in Google and following the first link. I’d say a great portion of the internet now don’t have any understanding of DNS

    Definitely. I’ve seen people typing URLs into search bars. I can remember one time seeing someone trying to find some site and trying different endings: .com? No. Howabout .org? No, howabout .com.org? No, howabout .org.com? etc. Those things on the end of URLs were just, well, things.

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