By the 49th public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in Singapore from 23-27 Mar 2014, international stakeholders will be able to gauge the success of the roll out of the new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs).
There is near consensus on the opinion that the new gTLDs will change the face of the Internet by opening up a world of domains and opportunities. The earliest suffixes were .com, .net and .org. The gTLDs allow brand, location or specialty web suffixes, such as .google, .london and .music. Some reports speculate that the roll-out could bury social media as many companies and organizations see superior branding and security prospects in the gTLDs. Success might not lessen the ongoing clamoring for the transfer of the Internet naming system from the United States-based and managed ICANN to international control.
Based in Los Angeles, ICANN manages the Internet's domain-name system under a contract with the US Commerce Department. ICANN holds three public meetings each year in different regions of the globe, and the Singapore is the first of the three in 2014.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20