Notess, Greg R., On the Net: "The Top-Level Domain
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The development of the dot-bank name is an outgrowth of the 2008 decision of ICANN to open up the Internet to thousands of additional top-level domains
in addition to existing ones such as dot-corn and dot-org.
Many top-level domains
(TLDs) already exist, including .com, .net, .org.
As the first new Top-Level Domain
, .shabaka is set to become the centre of all things Arabic on the Internet.
In the past, Top-Level Domains
have been restricted to generic strings, such as "com" and "net", and country codes, such as "ae" for the UAE and "uk" for the United Kingdom.
Wolfe: If you haven't applied for a top-level domain
, that window is closed.
According to Thomson Reuters, publishers and authors are concerned about the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) plan to sell book industry-related generic top-level domains
(gTLDs), such as .author and .book.
for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has been taking applications from individuals and groups to buy the rights to new "top-level domain
names," also known as the words to the right of the dot in an Internet address.
CROSS-PARTY support has been given to a bid for Wales to secure online top-level domain
Approximately 160 new top-level domain
In all, 22 generic top-level domain
extensions are now in existence.
ICANN, a not-for-profit body charged with administering the internet address system, has released top-level domain
names in what has been hailed as a radical move since the 21 generic internet domains were created in the 1980s.