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Old dotcom era gives way to new top-level domains

Description:  The dotcom era is ending, but not because of any sudden decline in online participation. Quite the opposite – over the next few months the internet will expand from 22 top-level domains to nearly 1400, including non-latin script domains for the first time.

Source: Sydney Morning Hearald

Date: Nov 3, 2013


Hundreds of applications for the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) scheme – the largest expansion of web addresses since the internet’s inception – were received by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body which oversees the organisation to internet address last year. The first of the granted new domains began rolling out last week.

In early 2012 hundreds of businesses governments and institutions were invited to apply providing they could afford the $US185,000 application fee, a $US25,000 yearly fee, prove an ability to manage domains, and endure several rounds of scrutiny. A total of 1930 applications were made for about 1100 names. Multiple applications for the same name will now go through a contention process and eventually end up at auction.  READ REST OF STORY 

 Questions for discussion:

1. What is the motivation for the internet to expand the number of top level domain names?

2.  Who are the winners and who are the losers in this process?  Why?