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Tim Berners-Lee, Web Inventor, No Fan Of “Arbitrary New TLDs”

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has stated he is no fan of ICANN’s plan to introduce new top level domains.”My personal perspective is that what we need in the domain system is stability,” Berners-Lee told Wired.co.uk in a press conference at W3C. “We don’t need new arbitrary new TLDs.”During the press conference, Berners-Lee argued “that some people assume that the new generic TLDs are creating great economic benefit but that there are already plenty of TLDs — including dot org, dot com and dot net — to choose from. ‘There’s plenty of space,’ he said reported Wired. ‘If you just add one character to the length of the domain name you have 26 times as many names you can choose from. There’s no shortage.'”Berners-Lee saw the “only role” for a new domain name when “you are making something that is socially different, such as dot org.” He said that dot org was interesting because it captures the fact that you know that any website with that suffix is a non-profit.”But when it comes to arbitrary new TLDs I am not a big fan.” He said that the “idea of having to go out and register my trademarks” in these new spaces does not appeal to him.