Tuesday, June 19, 2012
ICANN Expected to Approve New Russian Web Address Endings
There are currently around two dozen web address endings, but that number could soar to over a thousand within months, as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is expected to approve almost two thousand new applications, including Russian applications ending in .skolkovo, .yandex, .gdn, .tartar and even .vodka. The Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development filed applications for .moscow and its Cyrillic equivalent, but it is not only Russian companies that want to grab Russian domain names. The Vatican has filed an application for .католик, and American and Swiss companies filed applications for the Cyrillic names .сайт, .онлайн, .ком and .оюг. ICANN is currently soliciting public comments about the new domain names, which will be considered by the evaluation panels before accepting or rejecting an application.