ICANN lays down law

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reasserted its authority over the management and creation of new domain names in its new policy paper on Friday.

The slow roll out of new domain names has led companies, such as CentralNic and New.net Inc., to start selling their own domain names.

But currently ICANN is the only body that is supposed to select domain names and oversee the running of the main computer systems which act as an address book for those domain names.

ICANN introduced a list of new domain names back in November, including suffixes such as .name and .aero, but as yet the first two addresses on the list - .biz and .info - still haven't gone live.

"It is important to introduce new names at a steady pace," said a spokesperson at ICANN. "The worry with addresses being issued from other bodies is that many disputes over rights to domain names may arise."

But ICANN's new policy document reiterating the importance of a 'centralised body' has been criticised by some organisations.

"If ICANN was to recognise and register all addresses, especially those which have been signed up to by a large amount of people, then this would cut down on problems over ownership rights," said spokesperson at New.net domain name registry service.

ICANN's president, Stuart Lynn, disagreed outright with such a policy. In a press statement, he said a system of name domain sharing would be one "which consumers, businesses, researchers and others would find harmful and confusing if put into large scale practice."

ICANN's policy document seems to be a warning to others that it is not prepared to budge on its decision to keep one centralised body. People will just have to wait until it releases new names.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Wendy Brewer

Computerworld

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?