India's Plan To Block .xxx Shows The Pointlessness Of Specialized TLDs

from the open-the-whole-thing-up dept

For many years, we've wondered about the wisdom of ICANN slowly doling out totally pointless new top level domains (TLDs) -- like .jobs and .mobi -- that seemed much more focused on getting companies to pay up for domains they didn't need, rather than serving any useful purpose. With the recent approval of .xxx, the same thing is happening. Various porn companies feel the need to buy up .xxx domain names, even though they already have domains they're happy with. And making things even worse is that various countries, with India taking the lead, have declared plans to block all access to the .xxx domain anyway.

Of course, this is kind of silly. It's as if they're pretending that porn doesn't exist elsewhere on the web. But, the other silly thing this highlights is the idea of slowly rolling out specialized TLDs. For years, we've been asking why ICANN doesn't just do away with specialized TLDs and let anyone register anything.anyTLD. It really would not be that difficult to set up a system to allow that, and then you get away from this idea of having to set up all these expensive special TLDs. It also makes it silly for any country to target a specific TLD to block. But, of course, it won't happen, because it doesn't involve the companies wishing to be registrars of these new TLDs getting tons of cash.
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    DASHWORLDS (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 6:08am

    Re: Re: UCAN(N) Register any TLD (at no cost)

    Dear Sean

    The App effectively adds an unlimited range of brand new Dashcoms domains and TLDs to the current DNS (plus the new ISP Links will allow all ISP subscribers to resolve Dashcoms at network level without the need for the App).

    But what is this really all about? With around 205 million domain names already registered, trying to find a unique, relevant and memorable address for less than a few million dollars, has become an almost impossible task.

    For the man/woman looking to order a pizza (or anything else?) on-line, it's not about knowing he/she can access over 200 million websites (visiting each site for just a few seconds would take several years...without a pizza break). This is about memorability...ie: trying to remember the website of that place you saw advertised last week somewhere that looked quite good. Internet users want equal access to Domains and TLDs that are easily remembered by other people: without the barrier of million dollar price tags. This is about giving people the opportunity to compete on reasonably equal terms with the minority of Corporations/Multi-Nationals that seem to hold all the cards.

    It's always easy to dismiss new ideas. Not-so-long-ago, people would have thought the Internet itself to be a complete waste of time effort and money. Surely retailers (eg: a certain bookstore) would be mad to waste time, money and resources trying to sell anything over the Inter-Fail? Why on Earth would consumers in their right mind even consider purchasing vastly expensive computers, install/rent new phone lines, buy modems (what's a modem?), buy OS (what's an OS??), learn how to use it all.....Just to buy a book???.....All they had to do was pick up a phone.

    This is no longer a case of whether Dashcom domain names are going to work or who will start the ball rolling: Dashcoms are already being utilized globally. Today, they not only run in parallel to owners' original Dotcom websites, they also run as Dashcom shopfronts in their own right - and yes - some are even being registered by speculators.

    The Internet has never been "one-size-fits-all".

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