The latest New York City “land rush” is already turning into a party for cyber-squatters, who have snapped up some familiar names. The episode shows, again, how the system is geared in favor of the domain name industry, rather than brands or the public.
In this part of our special report on reinventing the internet, we look at the internet as a shared global resource — in a perfect world, that would mean international cooperation to keep it safe and secure.
The NTIA made a surprising announcement Friday when it said it might relinquish control of the contract that is awarded to ICANN for managing what acts as an address book for the internet.
Global debates about internet governance are set to heat up in the coming years, so the European Union has set out its standpoint, with true globalization and human rights being non-negotiable principles.
The independent, international commission has been set up by two thinktanks, as a way of figuring out how the internet should be run in future.
Organizations and individuals will be able to sign up from Spring 2014, through a subsidiary of London’s promotional agency.
New York City residents can now sign up for websites ending in .nyc — a move that pleased city leadership but should have trademark owners worried.
A flood of new website addresses with endings like “.book” and “.movie” are set to arrive in coming months. Companies like Amazon and Google are set to control the names but the terms under which they will do so are still undefined.
The process to add hundreds or thousands of new names to existing suffixes like “.com” and “.org” is chugging onward. Here’s an overview of when we’ll see them and what it means for brand owners.
The United Nations may not be trying to take over the internet, but its telecom arm is discussing proposals that could seriously threaten the openness of the network, according to people like Vint Cerf — and could also change the way we pay for it.