Though they are essentially a done deal the debate over new gTLDs continues with M.I.T.’s prestigious Technology Review coming down hard on the anti-new gTLD side in a new article today titled “ICANN’s Boondoggle.” One of the harshest critics of the new gTLD program is the first Board Chairperson ICANN ever had.
This debate never got heated during the NewDomains.org conference in Munich last month. One might speculate that it was largely because most in the audience and on the panel, support and believe in the existence of both.
Since the inception of the mobile Web, there has been no clear consensus around how the various mobile Web domains: “m.”, “wap.”, “.mobile” and “.mobi” should be used. In the first census-level analysis of mobile Web domains, Ground Truth today offers hard facts to inform this debate, finding a cacophony rather than a consensus: no single naming convention has emerged to adequately optimize …
SIDN have announced the outcomes of the 2008 Domain Name Debate including the recently introduced new rules for non-Dutch registrants on the use of a Dutch domicile address that was implemented back in October. Changes include a reduction in the amount of Whois data made available, ability to reserve a .NL domain name and dropping the requirement for a registrar to verify a registrant’s identity.
Two sides can oppose each other strenuously and still be wrong in exactly the same way. For or against, too much of the debate about the new ICANN top-level domains (TLDs) ignores TLD signaling and uses inappropriate TLD success measures.