On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will release a list of some 2,000 proposals for new Internet address suffixes. They can represent hobbies, ethnic groups, corporate brand names and more.
Expanding the number of suffixes, the “.com” part of an Internet address, has been one of ICANN’s missions since its creation in 1998 to oversee domain names. ICANN had two test rounds, in 2000 and 2004, when it added “.info,” “.Asia,” “.travel,” among others. It’s now ready to expand the domain name system more broadly.