Durban dot-com meeting

2013-07-16 00:00

THE Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) signed new registrars and registry agreements at a public meeting in Durban yesterday.

The organisation is responsible for the allocation and management of top-level domains or web domains that end in “dot-com”, Internet Protocol addresses and oversees the Regional Internet Registry throughout the world.

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade said the public meeting was held to gather stakeholders from around the world in an effort to encourage Internet growth in Africa.

“The Internet is a resource that cannot be managed by a single entity or country. We need to rely on multiple stakeholder management. We need to grow our community in Africa and meet with stakeholders to ensure that their needs are met,” Chehade said.

Three companies signed the Registry Agreement, which allows for operation and accreditation of top-level domains. Another five regional registrars from around the world, which register domains, were also signed.

The conference is expected to run until Thursday and will see updates on the generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, which will constitute one of the biggest changes ever in the Internet’s history.

gTLD’s are web domains that end in extensions such as “dot-com” or “dot-org” and there are about 12 currently in operation. The gTLD program will increase the number of gTLD domains and there soon may be hundreds in existence.

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