Google Wants to Create a Dotless Domain Called "Search"..?

The ICANN board, and to some extent the staff, rather vigorously opposed the further expansion of the TLD space after what can only charitably be described as the modest success of the 2000 round names (of which INFO was the only standout of the seven, and the only one which continues to hold its own).

However, the pressure from the community was overwhelming to open up the process again, and continued unabated from a time even before the 2000 round was closed. Whatever criticisms you can lay at the feet of ICANN, especially in recent years, "greed for new TLDs" is not one of them.

Disclaimer, I followed the ICANN process closely from the beginning, and was a founding member of the SSAC from 2001 until I joined the staff in 2003. I left the ICANN staff in 2005, but remain deeply interested in what it does, and how it does it.


Hmmm. Many people would disagree with that, based on episodes like this:

The Internet already have a problem with "one of everything" where a single
provider is much more popular than the other ones. Amazon, Google, Reddit,
Wikipedia... The 2th cooperative encyclopedia editing website is much
less popular than Wikipedia.

This is not a good thing, is a bad thing since we are at the infancy of
everything, there are a million things to try, learn, invent and explore.
The average user visit the same 4 websites again and again every day.. not
knowing the next door has something cool to offer, and really need

What is the problem that people is trying to solve here? is this the
correct place to solve it?, If is a usability problem in the browser,
maybe the solution is more how browsers are build and how to function.
Maybe browsers creators need to be more creative!. Maybe the current
browser implementation and UI standards are shit.
Do we need a internet-wide solution?, maybe just making the protocol
"search://" redirect to a default search engine passing the term will
solve the same problem ( search://tabacco => )

Wow; really?

The problem is "Google isn't *quite* a monopoly, yet, and we'd like to be,
even though that's evil".

And the answer is "no, it's not".

In general: no, no one should be allowed to operate a registry for a
public domain for "internal" use, and no one should be allowed to put an A
record on a one-element gTLD.

-- jr 'what, me? opinionated?' a