ICANN approves new top level domains

ICANN rules to allow the first non-English top level domains, while rejecting Amazon’s request for .Amazon

icannlogo ICANN approves new top level domains

Arabic, Chinese and Russian speakers now have a few top level domains in their own language thanks to a ruling coming out of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) meeting in Durban, South Africa this week.

ICANN says that this will  “mark the first time that people will be able to access and type in a website address for generic Top-Level Domains in their native language.”

The approved domains are as follows:

  • .شبكة (Arabic for “Web”)

  • .游戏 (Chinese for “Game”)

  • .онлайн (Russian for “Online”)

  • .сайт (Russian for “Web site”)

At the meeting ICANN also rejected Amazon’s bid for its own .Amazon top level domain because of objections from Latin American countries on the Amazon river.

Amazon is also seeking rights to over 80 domains including ones such as “.kindle,” “.wow” and “.book.”. ICANN has yet to rule on whether Amazon can have rights to these domains.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Sam Reynolds is a Canadian technology journalist based in Taipei. His interest is the intersection between politics, business and technology.