Should We Have More TLDs?

That’s the question posed in The New York Times. More specifically, The Times asks “should anyone be able to start a top-level domain.” While the ICANN proposal for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) would not actually allow for anyone to register a new gTLD, there are proposals for dozens, if not hundreds of them.ICANN, says the report, “has also been the nexus for many, often strident, debates about if and how the Internet should be governed. Should the United States, which initially sponsored ICANN, have a special role? What should the balance of power between governments, corporations and users? Rod Beckstrom, the new head of ICANN, discusses his take on these issues in this article from the global edition of The Times.””The biggest debate now is the rather radical change in how Web sites are named. Now you might find a cornerbar.nyc as well as a cornerbar.com or cornerbarnyc.com. For that matter, you might find nyc.cornerbar, nycbar.corner or nyccorner.bar.”The article also says, “Some argue that the whole idea is mainly a scheme by the entrepreneurs who run domain registries to profit from selling corporate names in every possible domain.”So The Times wants people to get involved in the discussion on “Do you think your Internet surfing would be easier or better if there were more top-level domains?”There is also a discussion on the debate, and while those contributing are not always aware of the rules for the proposal to introduce new gTLDs, such as who would be eligible to apply, there are some interesting points made including by some interested in apply for new gTLDs.To read the article in full, and to even take part in the debate, see:
bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/do-we-need-more-top-level-domains/