ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, decided today to allow a whole new wave of domain names, far beyond the usual usual suspects (.com, .net, .org) and country codes (.co.uk, .jp). It'll be expensive, but people or groups can now buy just about any domain name they want. Sometime in the future, you might end up going to home.popsci rather than popsci.com. (Not yet, though. Keep coming to popsci.com until we tell you otherwise.)
The first Arabic Internet addresses went live this week, in the first major change to the domain name system since its creation. Domain names in Arabic were added for Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, following final approval by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Earlier this month, an unknown little startup grabbed big headlines when it received Al "Internet Earth Soldier" Gore's official endorsement for a proposed ".eco" domain name extension (aka TLD, aka top-level domain). Dot Eco, as the company is appropriately named, hopes to ride the current wave of trendy corporate environmentalism into a pile of that other type of green. But with other "alternative" TLDs like ".biz," ".info" and ".mobi" already going largely ignored by Internet users and site owners alike, do we really need yet another URL naming convention on the Web? I don't think we do.
Registration fees for environmentally certified websites to go to green causes
By Susannah F. Locke
Posted 03.13.2009 at 4:11 pm 10 Comments
Al Gore and his philanthropic organization, the Alliance for Climate Protection, support creating a .eco domain to promote environmental causes. The idea comes from Dot Eco LLC, which claims they will donate some of the cash from registration fees of .eco web addresses to green initiatives.
Tucked away in one of the Web's dark corners, the Soviet Union continues to thrive as an internationally recognized entity.
By John Mahoney
Posted 04.23.2008 at 5:58 pm 0 Comments
The Soviet Union has been history for going on 17 years now, but there is one place where the former superpower continues to live on, even with the semi-endorsement of a major international standards agency. That place is of course the Internet, where for 500 rubles (around $25) per year, it is still possible to own a little chunk of Soviet real estate by parking your website at an official ".su" domain name.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.