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  • New Top-Level Domain Name Applications Will Create a World Wide Web Full of .anythings



    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is continuing with plans to allow generic top-level domains, and has even started accepting applications.

    The internet is about to get a whole lot more confusing. By opening up the floodgates to generic top-level domains, the already dizzying array of 22 .coms, .orgs, and .govs, can potentially be .anythings. This means political campaigns will be able to have websites at www.mitt.romney or a corporation like Nike could make sites with the domain [subject].nike.

    Even worse, top-level domains can to contain any language. No longer will the Latin alphabet be the sole language used. While this breaks down the doors of Western Imperialism found in the roots of the Internet, it will open up the door for scammers and Internet predators.

    However, there could be one saving grace for the entire system, securing a top-level generic domain is expensive. A $185,000 evaluation fee gets your foot in the door with $5,000 needed at the time of submitting the application. This fee could increase if ICANN needs to take special steps to evaluate the domain. No clear evaluation guidelines are given either. ICANN is trying to help third-world nations out a bit by lowering the fee to a paltry $47,000.

    ICANNís new plans are being opposed by numerous governments and the FCC, but it hasnít stopped the organization from moving forward. Supporters claim ICANN must maintain its independence from governments and unilateral efforts by multiple nations could sacrifice this independence.

    The incredibly high price of admission to even be considered for one of these top-level domains will hopefully minimize the number of scammers and domain squatters able to acquire the new domains. Still, it stands to reason a few less than savory organizations will attempt to secure as many top-level domains as they can in an attempt to cash in on big paydays.

    Anyone got $185,000 to throw down on www.stevejobs.apple?

    Source: PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Top-Level Domain Name Applications Will Create a World Wide Web Full of .anythings started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      185k is a lot of money.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Just bought Im.awesome because I'm that awesome. lol
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      185k is a lot of money.
      Not to people who have money it's not.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      I just bought that's.stupid
    1. xerray's Avatar
      xerray -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      185k is a lot of money.
      Hah! Chump change. - Steve Jobs
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Lame...it's a huge waste of money.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      That's terrible marketing because people have enough trouble remembering a website when it's a .org or .net.
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      185k is a lot of money.
      Not to the Apple company.
    1. rockxz3's Avatar
      rockxz3 -
      If your ignorant enough to support this because you think the government is trying to control the internet your an idiot. This idea is just stupid, it's not needed and is just going to destroy all hope for non-tech-savy people to learn the tech ways.
    1. thekirbylover's Avatar
      thekirbylover -
      Problem with a custom TLD is that browsers like Chrome that try to work out if what you typed in the omnibar is a URL or a search query need to be updated to support them.
    1. dfheje's Avatar
      dfheje -
      That is SOO stupid.
      So, shoes.nike and shoes.nike.com would be two different links?!
      What about nike.shoes? also, potentially, someone could have, macbook.mac.apple

      So stupid.. internet should be how it is.

      Btw, who invents these ideas and who is allowed to implement them?
    1. gaphugs's Avatar
      gaphugs -
      Do people actually type urls anymore? I type what I want in the address bar of Firefox and it either opens the homepage or it is the first option in the search results. This is a an expensive solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Also, I wouldn't presume Nike and apple will rush to part with cash - they have well established Internet presence and are well protected should anyone else choose to register infrin

      * infringement. Always found it odd that a site like this that releases an app to allow you to comment can't get it right - on iPhone, once you fill the comment text box you can't see what else you are typing and can't edit what is not visible in the text box.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      This is stupid but its all about the $! ICANN found a new way to make some serious money and they are running with it. It's ALWAYS about the money!
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Quote Originally Posted by rockxz3 View Post
      If your ignorant enough to support this because you think the government is trying to control the internet your an idiot.
      Edit: not very nice... Was it?

      This idea is just stupid, it's not needed and is just going to destroy all hope for non-tech-savy people to learn the tech ways.
      for non-tech-savvy people