ICANN Leaders Expect Support for New Generic Top Level Domains

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), said a June 20 launch date for expansion the Internet’s generic top level domains, beyond the familiar ones, such as .com, .net and .edu, will receive broad backing from the Internet community.

“We’ve had other timelines before, but not one that the community and the Board feels is so achievable as this one,” said Thrush. “Most of the hard issues are on the table or behind us.”

He made the comments in a video interview following ICANN’s 40th public meeting in San Francisco. Thrush joined Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer, in wrapping up the largest ICANN meeting in history. It drew more than 1700 attendees.

Thrush also elaborated on a controversial decision by the Board to approve an application to add “.xxx” to the list of top-level Internet domain (TLD) names. The applicant, ICM Internet registry, intends to make the TLD available to providers of adult entertainment.

There was opposition to the application from some governments and segments of the adult entertainment industry, but Thrush said the Board decision “shows the strength of the industry self-regulatory model that ICANN is all about.”

Asked about the U.S. government’s position, Thrush said, “We understand that the U.S. position inside and outside the Governmental Advisory Committee is that they actually have no position either for or against .xxx.”

“It affirms how important ICANN is and the entire multi-stakeholder community,” said CEO Rod Beckstrom in characterizing the contentious discussions that framed many of the issues at the San Francisco meeting. “These are very tough decisions and it is understandable that parties would have differing opinions.”

To view the entire video interview with Rod Beckstrom and Peter Dengate Thrush go here: http://www.icann.org/.

Advertisement