More than 100 gTLDs added to the root so far

So far ICANN has added more than 100 new generic top-level domains to the Internet's root zone

The Internet's name space continues to expand, with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — ICANN, the organisation that manages the Domain Name System — this morning announcing that more than 100 generic top-level domains have been added to the root zone.

"There are now almost five times more generic Top-Level Domains than there were only a few months ago and that translates to greater consumer choice," the president of ICANN's Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah, said in a statement.

Thirty four gTLDs have been delegated so far in January, including .club, .pics, .photo, .rich, .guitars, and .marketing. Australia's Monash University was the first organisation to have a branded gTLD delegated, with .monash added to the root on 18 January.

Following initial evaluation and pre-delegation testing of new TLDs, ICANN hands off to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which liaises with the US Department of Commerce and VeriSign, which runs two of the root name servers for the Internet's Domain Name System.

The first gTLDs were delegated in October last year. The first crop of gTLDs all used non-Latin scripts: شبكة ("web" in Arabic), онлайн ("online" in Russian), сайт ("site") and 游戏 ("game" in Chinese).

In total, the gTLD process will result in expansion of top-level domains from 22 up to 1400.

More than 30 Australian businesses and non-profit organisations have applied for new top-level domains. Australian applicants include banks (.anz for ANZ; .nab and .ubank for the NAB; and .netbank, .commbank and .cba for the Commonwealth Bank); universities, including Bond University, LatTrobe University, Monash and RMIT; SBS; Australia Post; the AFL; and ISP iiNet.

.melbourne and .sydney will also be coming to the Web.

ICANN has been the target of significant amounts of criticism during the gTLD process. The organisation had intended to perform initial processing of the 1930 applications for top-level domain in batches of 500, with batching determined by a method dubbed 'digital archery' (a decision that created a short-lived digital archery industry – the method was based on clicking a button as close as possible to a nominated time).

ICANN subsequently backed down on batching. The length of the process has also been the subject of criticism.

Delegated gTLDs

Date String
18 January 2014 .CLUB
18 January 2014 .BUILD
18 January 2014 .PICS
18 January 2014 .PINK
18 January 2014 .LUXURY
18 January 2014 .PHOTO
18 January 2014 .GIFT
18 January 2014 .网络 (xn--io0a7i) – Chinese for "network"
18 January 2014 .公司 (xn--55qx5d) – Chinese for "company"
18 January 2014 .MONASH
18 January 2014 .RICH
18 January 2014 .RED
18 January 2014 .SHIKSHA
18 January 2014 .中信 (xn--fiq64b) – Chinese for "CITIC"
18 January 2014 .LINK
18 January 2014 .GUITARS
14 January 2014 .ZONE
14 January 2014 .CHEAP
14 January 2014 .MARKETING
14 January 2014 .DEMOCRAT
14 January 2014 .SOCIAL
14 January 2014 .AGENCY
14 January 2014 .MODA
14 January 2014 .DANCE
8 January 2014 .BERLIN
3 January 2014 集团 (xn--3bst00m) – Chinese for "group"
3 January 2014 我爱你 (xn--6qq986b3xl) – Chinese for "I love you"
3 January 2014 中文网 (xn--fiq228c5hs) – Chinese for "Chinese network"
3 January 2014 .WANG
3 January 2014 .KIWI
3 January 2014 .WIEN
2 January 2014 .EMAIL
2 January 2014 .IMMOBILIEN
2 January 2014 .在线 (xn--3ds443g) – Chinese for "online"
28 December 2013 .INSTITUTE
28 December 2013 .CEO
28 December 2013 .SOLAR
28 December 2013 .FARM
28 December 2013 .EDUCATION
28 December 2013 .GLASS
28 December 2013 .ONL
28 December 2013 .INTERNATIONAL
28 December 2013 .CODES
28 December 2013 .TRAINING
28 December 2013 .HOUSE
28 December 2013 .KAUFEN
28 December 2013 .NINJA
28 December 2013 .REPAIR
28 December 2013 .BUILDERS
28 December 2013 .COFFEE
28 December 2013 .FLORIST
28 December 2013 .HOLIDAY
28 December 2013 .SOLUTIONS
18 December 2013 .BUZZ
18 December 2013 .SUPPORT
17 December 2013 .RECIPES
17 December 2013 .COMPUTER
17 December 2013 .ACADEMY
17 December 2013 .CAREERS
17 December 2013 .CAB
17 December 2013 公益 (xn--55qw42g) – Chinese for "charity"
17 December 2013 政务 (xn--zfr164b) – Chinese for "government"
17 December 2013 .SYSTEMS
17 December 2013 .DOMAINS
17 December 2013 .VIAJES
17 December 2013 .COMPANY
17 December 2013 .CAMP
17 December 2013 .LIMO
17 December 2013 .MANAGEMENT
17 December 2013 .PHOTOS
17 December 2013 .SHOES
17 December 2013 .CENTER
10 December 2013 .RUHR
30 November 2013 .MENU
30 November 2013 .UNO
23 November 2013 みんな (xn--q9jyb4c) - Japanese for "everyone"
19 November 2013 .diamonds
19 November 2013 .tips
19 November 2013 .photography
19 November 2013 .directory
19 November 2013 .enterprises
19 November 2013 .kitchen
19 November 2013 .today
14 November 2013 .plumbing
14 November 2013 .graphics
14 November 2013 .contractors
14 November 2013 .gallery
14 November 2013 .sexy
14 November 2013 .construction
14 November 2013 .tattoo
14 November 2013 .technology
14 November 2013 .estate
14 November 2013 .land
14 November 2013 .bike
6 November 2013 .VENTURES
6 November 2013 .CAMERA
6 November 2013 .CLOTHING
6 November 2013 .LIGHTING
6 November 2013 .SINGLES
6 November 2013 .VOYAGE
6 November 2013 .GURU
6 November 2013 .HOLDINGS
6 November 2013 .EQUIPMENT
23 October 2013 شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – Arabic for "web/network"
23 October 2013 онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Russian for "online"
23 October 2013 сайт (xn--80aswg) – Russian for "site"
23 October 2013 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for "game(s)"

Source: ICANN

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