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The Metro today ran a story about how the .com era was brought to an end yesterday as internet regulators allowed thousands of new domain names.
Here’s what Marcus, our founder, had to say on the topic:
Marcus Green, a web expert from Toolkit, warned: ‘There’s going to be a land grab for domain names.
If there are lots of different suffixes, there are lots more sites businesses have to register.
It will be expensive. It creates a big issue of web security.
It’s OK if you know what you’re doing but if you’re my mum or dad it’s going to add a whole new level of complexity.’
Read the full article:
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=194053&in_page_id=34
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Here’s the full article:
Dot-com era brought to and end
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The .com era was brought to an end yesterday as internet regulators allowed thousands of new domain names.
In one of the biggest change to the web in its 25-year history, businesses were given the all-clear to apply for suffixes far more wide-ranging than the .org, .com or .info currently in use.
The new names could cover locations such as .london, industries such as ‘.bank’ or entertainment such as .gamble.
It could also pave the way for an online red light district where all adult sites carry the suffix .xxx.
But critics warned it would make the net a more complex and expensive place for small businesses and home users, while offering easy pickings for fraudsters and cybersquatters.
Yesterday’s move to open up the Internet was agreed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
It will replace the current system by which all addresses fall under 260 geographical or generic names.
The new names will start to appear from next year.
‘This is a historic resolution,’ said ICANN’s Peter Dengate.
‘It’s going to make a big difference to how the Internet looks and works.’
But there are a lot of details to be worked out, not least the cost of buying a domain.
Fees for top level names could be as high as £50,000.
ICANN still faces another tricky decision on whether to allow the .xxx suffix – an idea it has cleared once and then withdrawn.
Marcus Green, a web expert from Toolkit, warned: ‘There’s going to be a land grab for domain names.
If there are lots of different suffixes, there are lots more sites businesses have to register.
It will be expensive. It creates a big issue of web security.
It’s OK if you know what you’re doing but if you’re my mum or dad it’s going to add a whole new level of complexity.’