How ICANN manipulates natural language development
2012/06/20 in Uncategorized
ICANN is the organization that governs “top-level domains” on the Internet / world-wide web. Years ago, I asked Esther Dyson, its founding CEO, whether she thought there could ever be 2 Internets / world-wide webs (after all, Alexandria was not the world’s only library 😉 ). She and I agreed that it simply doesn’t see to “make sense”… (much in the same way that it doesn’t make sense for land-line phones to be separated from mobile phones).
Yet a significant change is afoot at ICANN — and that change may indeed undermine the unified world-wide web.
Up to this point in time — with some rather minor exceptions — top-level domains have been merely organizations (and not concepts). The exceptions have all been miserable failures: Nobody I know has ever recommended a .jobs, .travel or .museum website to me. I bet that the reason why this is so is simply because anyone who creates a website refuses to accept any dictatorial overlords — which is quite simply put pretty much exactly what these sponsored domain name organizations are.
The change ICANN is proposing will essentially open up such dictator-domains to a free-for all bidding war — and the likely winners will probably be limited to the world’s very largest multinational corporations. For example:
Amazon (the company) may soon be the dictator of .SONG
Google (the company) may soon be the dictator of .MAIL
“Goose Fest, LLC” may soon be the dictator of .HEALTH