The ICANN and Internet Society Ghana’s session held at the AITI-KACE (Advance Information Technology Institute- Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence), Accra saw software developers, IT professionals and IT manager in attendance last Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
Over the past three years, there have been a lot of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) coming out. You see these as .names, .co, .party and thousands of others. Ever since starting a website, I’ve had countless customers ask about this and why there are so many new and interesting new domains on the market. This season, ICANN’s Yaovito decided to engage a community in Accra to explain more to let small business owners and entrepreneurs know what is going on in the world of domains.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was founded to ensure a global and standardized format for the Internet in terms of communication while providing a framework for introducing and promoting a competitive landscape for domain-name registration.
As more domain names were used, ICANN realized that adding a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program would ensure that the competitive spirit would stay alive in the domain-name space. The gTLD represents a domain-name extension. Many of them are quite familiar, including .com, .net, and .org. However, as the program has continued to flourish since its introduction in 2015, many others have started to be used with the intent that there could be hundreds more in the near future.
To ensure that any new gTLDs fit a set of standards, the ICANN board implemented more contractual and allocation criteria in 2008. The organization has also spent considerable time addressing certain concerns about intellectually property, domain name system (DNS) stability, consumer protection and more.
The Roundtable session on Universal Acceptance also informed the participants on the importance of domain names in Information and communication activities while helping the participants to make their systems Universal acceptance ready. Below are some photos from the gathering.
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