12–14 Mar 2024
Lord Charles Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

New Generic Top-Level Domains A Debrief on Implementation status & Opportunities

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Bob Ochieng (ICANN)


The New gTLD Program next round is an initiative coordinated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), that is enabling expansion of the domain name system. Via the introduction of new top-level domains (TLDs), the program aims to foster diversity, encourage competition and enhance the utility of the DNS.

Many new safeguards to help support a secure, stable and resilient Internet are also being introduced as a result of the program.

TLDs are the letters found at the end of an Internet address, such as .com, .net, or .org. Any TLD that does not represent a country, or a territory is known as a generic TLD, or gTLD. The New gTLD Program has enabled hundreds of new top-level domains in ASCII characters and in different scripts (Internationalized Domain Names) to enter into the Internet's root zone since the first delegations occurred in October 2013.

The objective of this program will be to brief the industry on the progress towards the eventual opening of the Next Round of Applications for the next round of New GTLDs projected to happen by May 2026.

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