ICANN "Reveal Day" Lists new TLD Applications

Published: 2012-06-13
Last Updated: 2012-06-13 13:04:26 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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As announced before, ICANN today published a list of all new TLDs organizations applied for [1]. Applications had to be submitted by May 30th. Being included in the list does not yet imply that these TLDs will actually be approved and created. This is just another stop in the lengthy process. I counted 1930 new top level domain, which I think is a manageable number. Many of the TLDs use foreign character sets. For example companies like Volkswagen apply for their brand name in chinese (大?汽车). Some other interesting proposals I spotted:

.search : Multiple applicants (Amazon is the company that sticks out among them). and .secure has two applications, one from Amazon and one from Artemis Internet. Google, using a company named"Charleston Road Registry" applied for 101 different TLDs and is the top bidder, Followed by Amazon EU (76) and "Top Level Domain Holdings" (70). The most contested TLDs are "APP" (13 applications), "INC" (11), "Home" (11) and "ART" (10).

There is some criticism that ICANN not only published the TLD and the name of the applicants company, but also full contact details including e-mail addresses.


[1] http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/application-results/strings-1200utc-13jun12-en

Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute

Keywords: icann tld
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Maybe I'm too cynical, but I find it amusing that these companies who trade our personal information like baseball cards are now indignant that we have one of their email addresses.
Hopefully, TLDs like .ANTIVIRUS will not be limited to a single company and will be shared by legitimate providers of antivirus software.
There are many silly things about this whole thing, but some of these are completely redundant. .SCHOOL, .COLLEGE, and even .EDUCATION? What's wrong with .edu?

This is going to introduce a whole new layer of ambiguity.
I thought for sure the black hats would try to register .EXE its not like they don't have the 185k to do it.
@markR: For one thing, .edu is only available to institutions that are accredited by US standards. Very "old school", if I may say so. Details here: http://net.educause.edu/edudomain/eligibility.asp

For another thing, a cynic might say that ambiguity may be a design goal for some parties. After all, thanks in no small part to the accreditation requirement, the .edu namespace is comparitively unpolluted -- no fast-flux spammers and scammers in that part of the intertubes.

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