[LINK] 'Shake-up' for internet proposed by ICANN
kim at holburn.net
Tue Jun 24 22:35:53 EST 2008
> 'Shake-up' for internet proposed
> By Darren Waters
> Technology editor, BBC News website
> Icann oversees the structure of the net
> The net could see its biggest transformation in decades if plans to
> open up the address system are passed.
> The net's regulators will vote on Thursday to decide if the strict
> rules on so-called top level domain names, such as .com or .uk, can
> be relaxed.
> If approved, it could allow companies to turn their brands into
> domain names while individuals could also carve out their own corner
> of the net.
> The move could also see the launch of .xxx, after years of wrangling.
> Top level domains are currently limited to individual countries,
> such as .uk (UK) or .it (Italy), as well as to commerce, .com, and
> to institutional organisations, such as .net, or .org.
> To get around the restrictions, some companies have used the current
> system to their own ends.
> For example, the Polynesia island nation Tuvalu, has leased the use
> of the .tv address to many television firms.
> The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann),
> which acts as a sort of regulator for the net as well as overseeing
> the domain name system, has been working towards opening up net
> addresses for the last three years.
> It's a massive increase in the geography of the real estate of the
> Dr Paul Twomey, Icann
> The plan would also allow for the new domain names to be
> internationalised, and so could be written in scripts for Asian and
> Arabic languages.
> Dr Paul Twomey, chief executive of Icann, told BBC News that the
> proposals would result in the biggest change to the way the internet
> worked in decades.
> "The impact of this will be different in different parts of the
> world. But it will allow groups, communities and business to express
> their identities online.
> Arbitration process
> Hundreds of new domain names could be created by the end of the
> year, rising to thousands in the future.
> Icann says any string of letters can be registered as a domain, but
> there will be an independent arbitration process for people with
> grounds for objection.
> Individuals will be able to register a domain based on their own
> name, or any other string of letters, as long as they can show a
> "business plan and technical capacity".
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