ICANN is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. They are a non profit orginasation that regulate TLD (top level domains) on the internet such as .com, .org, .net or .edu
ICANN has decided to release more TLD’s …1,930 applications came in over the past year, the application close date was 12 April 2012. Subsequent application periods will become available in the future.
What does this mean?
In the future we will not only have www.example.com, www.example.net, www.example.co.uk etc… but www.anything.example too.
This video displays all the names applied for through ICANN’s new gTLD program.
With ICANN there is opportunity for public comment on their website for each substantial piece of work before it is considered for approval.
This addition of more Top Level Domains will change the way we browse the internet or at least the addresses we use to find products and services. It could create an opportunity for established orginisations to get their own TLD, at a cost of US $185 000.
What is actually going on here ?
When a new TLD is granted, the new owner will become a “registrar” for that domain. That means that could choose to sell secondary domain names (the part before the TLD, like the anything in anything.example) Alternatively, owners could limit the use of the domain to certain entities or prevent people without certain qualifications from gaining access to that specific TLD.
I see networks starting up with common goals or interests, for example a domain without advertising. It could get more complicated and a lot more interesting in cyberspace.