Monday, 14th February 2011, 17:03:31
Potential pitfalls of the new system for domain names have been highlighted by a member of the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA).
Josh Bourne, president of the group, and Nao Matsukata, of law firm Alston & Bird, wrote in the Washington Post that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) new system is potentially open to abuse if it is not properly monitored.
ICANN is rolling out hundreds of new generic top-level domains.
However, the pair point out that the organisation does not have enough accountability when deciding who to grant new domains to.
They also suggested that there is room for fraud and trademark infringement through the new system.
"The new policy can seemingly only be explained as a money-making scheme supported by domain name registrars and registries and ICANN itself," they wrote.
Earlier this month, the Annual Domain Name Market study was published, revealing a 12 per cent increase in sales of website addresses during 2010.
Posted by Henry Thomas
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