Tuesday, June 21
‘Dot-Everything’ Era Begins
Yesterday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) ushered in the “dot-everything” era by announcing a plan that will allow “established organizations” to apply for a URL addresses that ends in dot anything they want. The catch? It’ll cost you $185,000. Is ICANN’s decision to allow any word, in any language to be an Internet address suffix the “most significant change to the internet since it was created” or “kind of a useless market”? It depends on who you ask. We get our tech guru Hiawatha Bray’s take.