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What do you get in a domain name ?

The plan was foolproof.

It started fermenting in our heads after a radical online shakeup was announced this week. As of next year, it seems, we’re going to be freed of the shackles of .com, .net, .org, and their cronies. To date, every Internet address has had to end in such “top-level domains,” be they generic like .com, or country-specific domains like Canada’s .ca. Under the new rules, however, every top-level domain under the sun will be up for grabs.

The top level domains will reportedly cost upward of $100,000, one of those funny numbers that’s either two years’ salary or pocket change, depending on where you find yourself. Someone with the wherewithal will be able to buy the .dog domain, and then rent out subdomains to anyone wanting to put up their poodle site in style. Someone else could snap up the .camera domain, and hive off chunks of it to camera makers and photography sites alike.

Original article : http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080703.wgtwebseven0704/BNStory/Technology/home

More from Paris…

As we suggested last week, ICANN, the body which regulates global internet addresses, have relaxed rules on top level domain (TLD) names, opening the way for domain extensions like .property and .spain. The ruling will affect the economics of the domain name market, which has implications for agents and developers.

There has always been a premium on .com and country level domain names like .co.uk, .es and .ru. This premium is likely to increase as more extensions in the market cause confusion and lead consumers back to the default. If you don’t currently own the .com and country level TLD of the country you work in, consider purchasing it. It gives you credibility. Try to search for second hand domain names and for a fair valuation of what your desired domain name is really worth.

Original article : http://www.globaledge.co.uk/news/details/ruling-to-hit-website-marketing-costs/21659

Chinese characters coming soon…

THE Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has agreed that “.中国”, meaning China, can officially begin use as a domain name next year, Jiefang Daily reported.

The China Internet Network Information Center made the announcement on Tuesday, saying it will provide a more convenient method for netizens who only use Chinese to surf the Internet, the report said.

At the annual ICANN meeting held in Paris, its executive council reached an agreement that other languages including Chinese can be adopted as Top-Level Domain Names. The decision means non-English Domain Name suffixes will appear online besides the traditional ones in English such as “.cn”, “.com”, and “.net”, the report said.

To read the article further : http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sp/article/2008/200807/20080703/article_365509.htm

The after effects from ICANN Paris

Another article presenting the proceedings from the ICANN meeting in Paris.

Original article by Leslie D`Monte:

Nearly 40 years after the virtual world started, companies and individuals will be able to apply for any address on the Internet and not be limited to just the 21 suffixes like .com (accounting for 80 per cent), .net and .info or country-specific appendages like .in for India.

Top-level domain names till date were restricted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — an international not-for-profit body that oversees the structure of the Internet. Its board, according to Paul Twomey, president and CEO of ICANN, has now given the go-ahead for total freedom on domain name and the final version is expected to be published in early-2009.

Companies and netizens can thus have unlimited choices such as .indian, .mumbai, .delhi, .bangalore, .chennai, . paris, .timbuctoo, .dilipkumar, .amitabhbachhan or .whateveryouwant. Like all desired things, these would come for a price: Rs 40 lakh to Rs 2 crore.

Indian corporate houses like the Tatas, Birlas or Reliance, for instance, could apply for .tata, .birla or .reliance and the fee will not dent their balance sheet. If they get the domain name, they could, in turn, give each employee a .tata or .birla or .reliance email identity.

There are 5 million .info names with around 650,000 added every year, and around 440,000 .in (India) registrations. An increase in clutter might make the .com stand out even more. “The .in domain did not take off, so the new TLDs will not affect the internet and .com will always rule,” said Vijay Mukhi, an Internet expert.

I totally disagree with Mr Mukhi’s stance on the introduction of the new extensions, i believe it will create a more organized internet with a .com at the end of the extension you page could load anything from a auction site to a pornographic site. If a extension has for instance .hotel i would presume that i would be greeted with a hotel site on my screen if typed in the address bar, just as if type .in i would have a web page relating to a Indian company or something related in some way geographically to India.

My Opinion to the article :

These new extensions will effect the dynamics of the internet for some in a good way and others it will complete ruin their professions (domaining/domainers) in my opinion. If the new extensions are released Cyber squatting will be would more than likely abolished and re-selling internet domains back to companies at a premium costs will be a less likely occurrence in the domain industry. As a part time domainer myself i admit i am a little worried, the only security which i have is that the users of the internet will stick with what they know and that is the good old faithful .com.

To read more of the article : http://www.business-standard.com/common/news_article.php?autono=327283&leftnm=8&subLeft=0&chkFlg=

Domain name overload

Original article written by Naseem Javed :

The explosion of new names will eventually hit the fan, and the global entrepreneurial community in desperate need of making some mega online bucks will ride this flood by paying top dollar to have any desired name with an equally desired suffix to corner markets.

However, it’s a great move that favors the global consumer. This move creates a new wave of interconnected global interactions and equally allows existing powerhouse name owners with a new set of strategies and angles to expand their global outreach by marking new territory.

With this new decision, big and small players will have their own suffixes like ibm.ibm, while others would create hotels.paris or play.casino all the way to sex.sex. Never in the history of business will a single decision create so much impact as this bold new policy by ICANN. Even when domain names were originally introduced, the adaptation process matured over a decade, and now everyone engaged in e-commerce has become so financially dependent on the structure of their domain names, the impact will be massive. Without a clear blueprint or a proper evaluation of their existing dotcom potential, a business can make huge blunders as sharks enter in protected waters.

My opinion :

I agree with what is stated by Mr Javed, but i think ICANN would lay down rules for each suffix before introducing it onto the web. Most registry’s that carry ccTLD extension have rules and regulations before a person can obtain one for example Ireland, if you would like to obtain a .ie domain name you must meet the registry criteria such have a presence in Ireland and trade within Ireland. If you have no connection to Ireland you will be rejected by the registry (IEDR).

If ICANN allow the new extensions such as .hotel, .sex and .ibm into the domain market they would assign registry’s to each of the extension. Just because ICANN have approved new extensions does not mean it will be available to everyone, the threat of internet sharks could possible be none. Obviously ICANN would assign a governing body to decide who is eligible to obtain the domain name.

To read the article further : http://www.axcessnews.com/index.php/articles/show/id/16267

ICANN Concludes Successful 32nd Meeting in Paris

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) concluded its 32nd International Public Meeting in Paris today after four days of discussions that will shape the future of the Internet.

The conclusion of the meeting saw the approval of a proposal to expand the world’s Domain Name System and to work on adapting it to accommodate top level domain names in scripts such as Arabic, Cyrillic or other non-Latin scripts.

“This was an extremely successful meeting that will be remembered as a milestone in the development of the Internet,” said Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN’s Board Chairman. “New generic Top Level Domains and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) will open up the Internet and make it look as diverse as the people who use it,” Dengate Thrush added.

Other important resolutions passed by the ICANN board included:

  • The adoption of two measures to eliminate “domain tasting” (the practice of using the add grace period to register domain names in bulk to test their profitability)
  • The adoption of ICANN’s Operating Plan and Budget for fiscal year 2008-2009.
  • Begin public input on a report on the “fast track” for Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) for country codes and have staff work with the community on how to implement IDNs.
  • Implementation of measures to improve the Generic Name Supporting Organization (GNSO), and a timeline for agreement on how different groups are represented on it.
  • Selection of Mexico City as the site of ICANN’s first meeting in 2009.

Forty Years Approved for Implementation

The Board of ICANN today approved a recommendation that could see a whole range of new names introduced to the Internet’s addressing system.

“The Board today accepted a recommendation from its global stakeholders that it is possible to implement many new names to the Internet, paving the way for an expansion of domain name choice and opportunity” said Dr Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN.

A final version of the implementation plan must be approved by the ICANN Board before the new process is launched. It is intended that the final version will be published in early 2009.

To read the article further : http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-4-26jun08-en.htm

ICANN Formalizes Relationship with Costa Rica ccTLD Manager

PARIS, France: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is another step closer to formalized relationships with all Latin American ccTLDs with the signing of its ninth accountability framework in the region, this one with the the country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager for .cr, delegated to the National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica in 1990.

The signing took place at the 32nd International ICANN meeting being held in Paris, and was done by ICANN President and CEO Dr Paul Twomey and Dr. Guy de Téramond Peralta, Internet pioneer in Latin America and administrative contact for .cr. Dr. Gabriel Macaya Trejos, President of the National Academy of Sciences, Costa Rica, had already signed the agreement.

The Accountability Framework program provides two mechanisms by which ccTLD managers can formalize their relationship with ICANN. The first is an Accountability Framework document that sets out the obligations of a ccTLD manager and ICANN. It also covers dispute resolution and termination and is designed for ccTLD managers requiring a formal document with ICANN.

The second mechanism is an exchange of letters between ICANN and the ccTLD manager designed for those for whom a simple statement of commitment is more appropriate.

The Costa Rica accountability framework is the 41st signed by ICANN.

To read the article further : http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-25jun08-en.htm

ICANN votes for new domain names


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is getting ready to vote later this week to open up the Internet naming convention to allow more options.On Thursday at its meeting in Paris, ICANN, the not-for-profit organization charged with overseeing the Internet’s naming scheme, will vote on a proposal that would allow companies to purchase new generic top-level domains ending in almost anything they want.

So instead of being limited to .com, .org or .co.uk as the last letters of their Web addresses, companies or organizations could add their company name to the end of their URL. For example, eBay could become .ebay or Intel could be .intel. Even cities could name their Web sites .newyork or .berlin.

But the new names, which could be ready in 2009, won’t come cheap. As a result, it’s unlikely that individuals will be able to take advantage of the new naming conventions to create more personalized Web sites. The exact price to register these new names isn’t yet known, but some experts predict it could cost about $50,000 to register a new domain name.

Further Information : http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9975757-7.html

Could .XXX finally be recognized as a domain name ?

The highly contentious .xxx domain extension could also finally become a reality. Hopefully the long fight for this domain name has come to an end and allow the extension to be used. It will hopefully separate the more prestigious businesses from the sex industry, what the Internet was built on some may say.

The policies that are to be voted on have taken around three years and $10m (£5m) to formulate, ICANN president Paul Twomey told ZDNet.co.uk on Monday. “This is the first time [ICANN will be voting on] the detail of how [such] applications would work,” said Twomey. “The vote on Thursday will essentially be the board saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as to whether [these new domain extensions are] implementable.”

To read the article further : http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,39437739,00.htm