Azara Blog: Icann votes to allow explosion of new top-level internet domains

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Date published: 2008/06/26

The BBC says:

A complete overhaul of the way in which people navigate the internet has been given the go-ahead in Paris.

The net's regulator, Icann, voted unanimously to relax the strict rules on so-called "top-level" domain names, such as .com or .uk.

The decision means that companies could turn brands into web addresses, while individuals could use their names.

A second proposal, to introduce domain names written in scripts, such as Asian and Arabic, was also approved.

It's fair enough to introduce domain names for Asian and Arabic scripts. But the idea that we need lots more top-level domain names is ridiculous. This is just a way for organisations like Icann to justify their existence and to make loads more money selling domain names. Every corporation in the world already has to buy zillions of domains just to prevent cyber squatters from making their life hell, and this is just going to exponentially explode that racket.

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