From next month, businesses and organizations around the world will be able to snap up customized gTLDs, but a number of bodies – including the Association of National Advertisers and the National Retail Federation – have raised concerns.
And now, one of ICANN’s former leaders has raised concerns about the controversial new regime, reports AFP.
Former ICANN chairman Esther Dyson told a Senate Commerce Committee that the extension of gTLDs was an unnecessary move which will lead to a “profusion of domain names” – something that may confuse internet users.
“Creating a whole set of redundant names isn’t useful,” she said.
“This whole idea is fundamentally misguided. I hope ICANN will go back and reconsider.”
Should ICANN go ahead with the plan, commercial and non-commercial organizations will be able to apply for a gTLD from January 12, 2012.