Proposed top-level domain
There are several proposed top-level domains that have not yet been submitted to or approved by ICANN, as of 2008.
Location-based[change | edit source]
- Further information: GeoTLD
- .berlin - Berlin.
- .london - London.
- .nyc - New York City.
- .paris - Paris.
- .lat - General Latin American websites, similar to .asia and .eu.
- .africa - General African websites, similar to .asia and .eu.
Language and community[change | edit source]
These proposals are centered on creating an independent internet identity for linguistic and cultural communities. They are mostly inspired by the success of the .cat domain created for websites in the Catalan language or about the Catalan culture.
|Domain name||intended use||sponsor||year of proposal||comments|
|.bzh||Breton language and Brittany||www.bzh A point level domain for Brittany||2006||A campaign is organized in Brittany to support the request of creation of the .BZH. The campaign's website gives information about the status of the proposal and the organization behind and mostly holds a petition for the creation of the domain. As of August 2008 there are over 17,000 signatories.|
|.cym||Welsh language and Wales||dotCYM.org||2006||Mentioned in BBC News Online: Wales on the web may become .cym, Adrian Browne, 17 November 2006|
|.eng||England||dotENG.org||2008||The dotENG.org website was set up by John Sewell of Maidenhead in Surrey. Mentioned in PC Pro Online: Campaign begins for .eng domain, Stuart Turton, 23 April 2008|
|.gal||Galician language and Galicia||PuntoGal||2006||Several companies and institutions are involved in this campaign, including the autonomous government, Xunta de Galicia.|
|.lli||Leonese language and Leonese culture||puntuLLI||2007||Several companies, associations, organisations and institutions are involved in this campaign.|
|.Quebec||Quebec||Pointquebec||2008||The operationpoint-qc.org website is an initiative of Daniel Turp, at that time, a member of the National Assembly of Quebec. Presently Quebec is allocated the subdomain ".qc.ca", similar to other Canadian provinces.|
|.scot||Scotland, The Scots Community of Interest online, Scottish culture and Scotland's languages||dotSCO.org||2005||dotSCO began in late 2005 and has been campaigning to built support for a new TLD from among the Scots community around the world. The campaign was publicly launched at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament's cross-party group on the Scots language by Davie Hutchison and Euan McCreath|
|.ker||Cornish language and Cornwall (Kernow) in general||Cornish World Magazine||2008|
|.bcn||City of Barcelona||2008|
|.eus||Basque language||PuntuEus association||2009||University professors, scientifics, several companies and institutions are involved in this campaign, including the autonomous government, Eusko Jaurlaritza and the Basque Language Academy, Euskaltzaindia.|
Children[change | edit source]
Applications for a .kids domain have included:
|Blueberry Hill Communications, Inc.||Blueberry Hill is a domain name registration and hosting company in California. Neustar and Melbourne IT would subcontract operation of registry servers; registrars selected under same criteria and process currently imposed by ICANN. The .kids proposal would not rely on objective criteria for categorizing content.|
|DotKids, Inc.||DotKids, established in 2000 in Rosemont, Illinois intends to utilize SARAF Software Solutions Inc. for software development of a .kids registry. DotKids would deal only with ICANN accredited registrars; content rating information is to be retained in the registry and is to describe ratings for an entire site.|
|ICM Registry, Inc.||ICM Registry requested the .xxx and .kids TLDs as an integrated solution for improving child safety on the Internet by implicitly attempting to restrict content across both TLDs and targeting a narrow registrant group. Original intent was a for-profit .xxx registry and a non-profit .kids registry. The .xxx domain portion of this proposal has since been rejected, largely due to US government objections.|
|.KIDS Domains, Inc.||.KIDS Domains is a California for-profit corporation; the proposed registry operator is Toronto-based domain name registrar Tucows Inc and .KIDS would be a restricted TLD. .KIDS Domains therefore does not intend to allow other registrars to register domain names in the .kids TLD.|
Technical[change | edit source]
- .geo - Generic geographical locations.
- .mail - A domain for e-mail networks, proposed to facilitate fighting e-mail spam.
Specialized and professional topics[change | edit source]
- .med - Medical hospitals.
- .eco - Environmental causes 
- .post - Postal organizations.
- .xxx - Adult entertainment.
Other websites[change | edit source]
- ICANN Proposed Top-Level Domain Registry Service
- Web Campaigns Boost, Eurolang - ICANN discussed the proposed top-level domains at a conference on 3 July 2008
References[change | edit source]
- globeandmail.com: Dot-Quebec?
- "First Minister announces support for Scots internet domain". dotSCO.org. http://www.dotsco.org/2008/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=2. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
- The campaign for a .ker internet domain name
- Summary of Application of Blueberry Hill
- Summary of Application of dotKids Inc
- Summary of Application of ICM Registry
- Summary of Application of .Kids Domains
- Al Gore says domain .eco logical