After four years of debate, Internet policymakers on Monday approved a controversial plan to introduce hundreds of new domain name extensions to the Internet infrastructure at a special meeting in Singapore.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been tinkering with its plan for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in response to recent criticism from governments, which wanted more control over the process.Having responded to most of the governmental concerns, ICANN’s board of directors voted to proceed with the new gTLD program as expected. The board vote was 13 approving, 1 opposed and 2 abstaining.DETAILS: ICANN approves change to Internet’s Domain Name SystemCurrently, the Internet has 22 gTLDs, including .com, .net and .org. Nearly 210 million domain names were registered as of May 2011, with .com names accounting for more than 90 million of them, according to Verisign.ICANN called the new gTLD program one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet’s DNS.”ICANN has opened the Internet’s naming system to unleash the global human imagination,” Rod Beckstrom, president and CEO of ICANN, said in a statement. “Today’s decision respects the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains in any language or script. We hope this allows… Read full this story
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