Good Interview of ICANN President and CEO Paul Twomey

Jeff

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I was surprised to see such a decent interview of Paul Twomey in a mainstream publication:
World will change ICANN's future, CEO says

Some highlights:

Q: When can we expect to have international top-level domain names in different languages?

A: I'm thinking first quarter of next year. There's a series of countries - the northeast Asians, the Arabs, the Indians, the Arabic-speaking Farsi, south Asia if you like, and then the Bulgarians and the Greeks and the Russians - have all expressed interest in fast-tracking this process. And this has got very high attention.

...

It's also a very high priority for India. The Indians are putting fiber into 600,000 villages across India. Around 150 million people in India speak English. The next billion don't.

So the policy is to bring the Internet to the next 300 to 400 million people in India. To do that they have to have a keyboard that's in the character set of the village. There are 22 official languages and 11 scripts.
Q: What are some of the new domain names that are coming online?

A: I'm hesitating because we leave it to potential applicants to go public rather than us outing the field. But I will give an example.

There's clearly a series of geographic-specific ones. There's a series of cities coming out - "dot berlin," "dot paris," "dot london." There are some people who want to apply for "dot galicia" in Spain.
 

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"Q: What are some of the new domain names that are coming online?

A: I'm hesitating because we leave it to potential applicants to go public rather than us outing the field. But I will give an example.

There's clearly a series of geographic-specific ones. There's a series of cities coming out - "dot berlin," "dot paris," "dot london." There are some people who want to apply for "dot galicia" in Spain."

What a complete load of garbage, simply money for registrars!

As for ICAAN getting their act together, their "fast track" process for idn whatever has been painfully slow.
 

Tipsfromthetop

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"

What a complete load of garbage, simply money for registrars!
Yep Totally, they are releasing extensions so quickly now it makes there value totally useless unless you have the top 10 keywords. ITs just a big gravy train to line the registers directors pockets
 

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I think some of the city ones might be valuable for the same reasons that cctlds are valuable and if the city is big enough and the government promotes the extension - .nyc strikes me as a good example.

However, I think you'd have to be much more selective in the keywords you choose, just because the population of a city is much smaller than the population of a country.
 

torch

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Understatement of the year :eek:
Lol...so true

I think IDN.IDN has a massive future. When you think about it only something like 300-400million people speak english as a first language. There is a huge untapped market out there.

As for the first .IDN, isn't it already possible to get .cn in .IDN chinese? It appears UAE and Russia will also be some of the first few to have .IDN extensions.

btw Wot are you also over at the idnforum?
 

wot

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Lol...so true



As for the first .IDN, isn't it already possible to get .cn in .IDN chinese? It appears UAE and Russia will also be some of the first few to have .IDN extensions.

btw Wot are you also over at the idnforum?
Yes, but currently only accessible in China, one of my websites 搞笑.cn with these in China 搞笑.中国/搞笑.中國

And -yes!
 
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Jeff

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wot - neither of those links works for me.

Also, I'm curious - does Apache handle filenames that are IDN? I.e. instead of idn.idn/index.php can you do idn.idn/idn
 

Justin

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Oh gosh, that's all we need is ICANN standing on it's own. ICANN as a whole is like a weed garden. They need to pull the weeds out of that organization and plant some flowers. Simply put, they cannot handle what they have and until they do there should be no more extensions approved.

It's definitely work in progress but lets not forget, it's ICANN who has made the domain industry function like the wild west. Policy makers without their dentures in... it's a joke. ICANN isn't exactly high on the respect list.
 

Jeff

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Thanks wot!

I guess if it doesn't, you could always use numbers as your url - like idn.idn/123 - but that seems to defeat the purpose of idn...
 
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