ICANN signs first four generic top-level domains, but .Amazon might get rejected


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is meeting in Durban, South Africa this week, and the future of the web is at stake. Or, at least, the future of what you type into a web browser to find yourself at a particular webpage. While you might be familiar with top-level domains like “.com,” “.net”, “.org” and “.gov”, there will soon be plenty more. This week, the organization signed the first four generic top-level domains (gTLD) into existence, including:

  • .شبكة (Arabic for “Web”)
  • .游戏 (Chinese for “Game)
  • .онлайн (Russian for “Online”)
  • .сайт (Russian for “Web site”)

As you might notice, they’re all non-English words, and that’s a milestone of sorts. “It will mark the first time that people…

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