July 30, 2012 Articles

ICANN Struggles to Manage its Expansion of the Web

ICANN still has a lot of work to do to fix technical malfunctions and to correct procedural oversights that look to hamper the implementation of the gTLD program.

By Stephen Flug

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) finally closed the first phase of its generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) expansion program on May 30 and released the results of this initial phase on June 13. The closing of the application window and information release date were delayed from the original expected deadlines of April 12 and May 1 after a technical glitch that allowed some applicants to view the application data of other program participants was discovered. This program aims to drastically increase the universe of gTLDs, which are roots such as .com, .gov, and .org used to indicate the character of the owner of an address or the intended purpose of the site located there. ICANN's program was expected to greatly expand the 22 existing gTLDs and 225 country-specific domain names by allowing a broad range of parties, including businesses, cities, and industry groups, to register their own unique domain names.

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