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Icann names early winners in gTLD expansion

23 Mar 2013
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has posted a list of the first domains it has approved under its new gTLD rollout plan.

The list, which consists of non-English domains, constitutes the first new domains to be passed as new gTLDs.

"This achievement is the result of many years of policy development and implementation work to bring diversity, competition, and innovation to the Domain Name System," Icann said.

"Applicants, along with the greater Icann community have dedicated countless hours toward reaching this goal. This is not only an important and exciting moment in the new gTLD programme but also in the continuing evolution of the internet."

The new domains include domains for Arabic and Chinese language domains as well as new gTLDs for regional telcos. Among those confirmed were the .Qatartelecom and .Mozaic domains which have been approved to appear as gTLDs in Arabic script.

The move marks the latest step by Icann in its project to roll out new domain names under what has been a turbulent gTLD programme.

The gTLD process was hampered early on by technical difficulties which delayed the registration process and angered potential applicants. Later, a data leak forced the corporation to take the registration process down for a second time.

Later in the process, the rollout was hampered by an executive shakeup within Icann which saw the company's chief strategy officer step down over concerns of a conflict of interest.

Even with the setbacks, however, Icann has pressed forward with the process and hopes to complete the rollout under new chief executive Fadi Chehade.

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Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for V3.co.uk. He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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