Monday, February 7, 2011

Will Obama Administration reject 'dot-gay' web domains?

The Obama Administration is trying to figure out how to control the creation of new web domains, as the internet moves beyond ".com" and ".org" to options like ".gay".

CNET reports that at least 115 new suffixes are under consideration, including "car, .health, .nyc, .movie, and .web." CNET said the application process to create new domains might be finalized in San Francisco in March.

New web addresses are managed by the California-based corporation Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), under a contract paid for by the United States government.

CNET said the Obama administration wants to put together a 100-nation advisory panel that could reject web domains members found objectionable.

There are two groups currently pushing for a "dot-gay" domain: the DotGayInitiative and the .GayAlliance.

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