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ICANN 38 Domain Name Announcements

Published June 25, 2010

The recent ICANN 38 conference, held in Brussels, saw a number of important announcements for the domain name industry.

The move that stirred up the most controversy was the decision to allow the application for the .XXX Top Level Domain (TLD), which is to be as an extension for domain names for the adult entertainment industry, to move ahead. Next steps for the application included further due diligence, negotiations on a draft registry agreement and consultation with ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee.

ICANN also announced domain names containing Chinese characters will available in August. Up until this point the Latin character set, upon which the Domain Name System was based on, needed to be used. According to Li Xiaodong, deputy director of CNNIC, the administrative agency responsible for Internet Affairs in China, Internet users will be able to enter both simplified or traditional Chinese characters into a browser address bar.

According to Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN, twenty percent of the world's population speaks Chinese and by adding Chinese character support, ICANN has increased the potential online accessibility for approximately a billion people.

ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. The organisation plays a crucial coordination role of the Internet's naming system.

The next ICANN meeting will occur in Cartagena, Colombia, 5-10 December 2010.

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