Thursday, August 30, 2012

ICANN's Boondoggle

Roush, Wade. "ICANN's Boondoggle." Technology Review, August 21, 2012.

From the blog: "As you may have heard, the relatively manageable list of "generic top-level domains" (gTLDs) that we've all mastered over the last couple of decades, such as .com, .net, and .org, is set to expand dramatically starting next year. You could soon find Amazon at and Google at google­.search. And there may be hundreds more new top-level domains—the proposals now under review range from .aaa to .zulu. This expansion isn't happening because we're running out of unique Web addresses under the existing set of gTLDs. Far from it. It's happening because the body in charge of these things—the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN—thought it would be fun and profitable." Read more