ICANN introduces 100 new gTLDs

eGov Innovation Editors
24 Jan 2014
00:00

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reported this week that 100 new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) have been delegated into the internet’s Root Zone.

With the addition of new gTLDs, the registries around the world can start accepting registrations for new domain names.

When ICANN announced in 2012 that it is expanding the Domain Name Systems (DNS), it said currently available gTLDs such as .com, .net or .org may be expanded from 22 to possibly 1,400 names or strings.

As of 14 January, the new delegated strings include: .technology, .marketing, .social, .enterprises, .agency and .CEO (complete list here).

ICANN said the massive DNS expansion represents one of the greatest changes to the internet since its inception.

“There are now almost five times more gTLDs than there were only a few months ago and that translates to greater consumer choice,” said Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s global domains division. “We are as eager as everyone else to see what type of innovation these new domains will usher into the online world.”

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