Get Ready for a New Digital Land Grab


But you'll need an Arabic, Russian, or Chinese dictionary.

"Today marks an historic moment, not only for the New gTLD Program, but for the Internet as a whole," wrote Akram Atallah of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in a blog post last night. ICANN is a body that oversees the domain naming system that enables navigation around the web -- it's how computers know where to go when you type in

ICANN is not an organisation given to hyperbole. But Atallah is right to be excited: yesterday, four new generic top level domains (gTLDs) -- like the .com in -- went live, substantially expanding the number of available web addresses. This is only the beginning -- another 1,400 proposals are waiting in the wings. If ICANN eventually approves even half of them, the web will grow vastly.

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