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?
An international conference is underway, discussing the transition plan for Internet governance and how multiple "stakeholders" will play a role in that transition.
The organization in charge of a major overhaul of Internet addresses passes a resolution prohibiting so-called dotless domain names.
Some top-level job changes are in store for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers come July 1.
ICANN, eager to wean itself from the US Commerce Department, will set up the "multistakeholder" governance it has sought for overseeing the Internet's core workings.
In the biggest expansion of Web address suffixes since ".com," ICANN approves foreign language, brand name, regional, and generic monikers.
"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.
The organization says it received over 1,900 applications for new generic top-level domains, from big companies, startups, geographical locales, and more.
As ICANN looks to expand the use of different domain extensions, GoDaddy looks to cash in even more on domain name reselling.
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.