.book And .search Coming By May 2013

 

  • End of April approval
  • Amazon requested .book
  • Google wants .search

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is looking to roll out the first set of new web address suffixes in the next few months.

 

  • End of April approval
  • Amazon requested .book
  • Google wants .search

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is looking to roll out the first set of new web address suffixes in the next few months.

The governing body accepted suggestions from companies for new endings to existing web addresses. It says it has received over 1,900 applications and proposed that the first round of new naming conventions will be in use by May 2013.

ICANN is now waiting for the go signal from a global Government Advisory Committee (GAC), which is currently analysing the proposed suffixes. It will give approval and feedback at the end of April.

It is important to note however, that ICANN is not bound by any of the recommendations the committee makes.

GAC, which represents over 50 nations, is concerned that there may be potential dangers on companies exclusive use of broader terms, says ICANN Vice Chair Bruce Tonkin.

"They are looking for strings that have broad uses and where one entity is seeking exclusive use. What that means is that they are worried about things like Google running .search, or Amazon running .book.”

"They are also indicating [problems with] religious terms… there have been some applications for .islam, .bible and .church."

Among the requests are Amazon's .app, .book, .movie and more, while Google wants .search and .cloud.

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