Next week, ICANN opens the Internet up to new domains like .ski, .sexy, and .berlin -- and Fadi Chehade has to handle people unhappy with the change. Also: time for the US to let go of its Net oversight?
The organization in charge of a major overhaul of Internet addresses passes a resolution prohibiting so-called dotless domain names.
"Dotless" top-level domains accessed by going to "http://news" or "http://music" are likely to be off-limits for technical reasons. ICANN is accepting comments through Sunday.
Some top-level job changes are in store for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers come July 1.
The organization says it received over 1,900 applications for new generic top-level domains, from big companies, startups, geographical locales, and more.
In the biggest expansion of Web address suffixes since ".com," ICANN approves foreign language, brand name, regional, and generic monikers.
Dot-com? How quaint. A smorgasbord of new Net domains has arrived, with hundreds more on the way. There's opportunity aplenty, but lots of trademark hassles, too.
Amazon now owns the .buy top-level domain. How exactly the company will use it remains to be seen.
An international conference is underway, discussing the transition plan for Internet governance and how multiple "stakeholders" will play a role in that transition.
The next big meeting of the group that administers the Internet will take place in Beijing, in a bid to win over one-fourth of the Net's users.