26 Jun '11, 9pm

Is #ICANN .necessary? #newTLDs #domains

Are you ready for .xxx, .coke and .insertyournamehere? You'd better get ready, because an organisation with significant authority and scant accountability says you must. That organisation is ICANN: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It supervises the naming system for Internet domains. The organisation's key role, boiled down to the basics, is to oversee the domain name system (DNS) - a role that gives ICANN the authority to decide what new domain-name suffixes may exist and who can sell and administer them. The best known "top level" domain suffixes, at least in the United States, are .com, .org and .edu. They are among 22 generic suffixes, along with about 250 country-level domains such as .uk, (United Kingdom), .de (Germany) .and .cn (China). Two recent ICANN initiatives highlight its reach. The first was the approval earlier this year of the .xxx ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/TechandDigital/Digital/EDC1106...

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