ICANN, 'Internet Stability,' and New Top Level Domains

Communications Policy and Information Technology: Promises, Problems, Prospects (Lorrie Cranor & Shane Greenstein eds., MIT Press 2002)

Wayne State University Law School Research Paper No. 2018-48

32 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2018 Last revised: 6 Aug 2018

Date Written: January 30, 2002

Abstract

This paper tells the story of ICANN’s groundbreaking authorization of seven new Internet top-level domains in 2000 – the first addition of non-country-code domains to the root zone since the Internet’s early days, and foreshadowing ICANN’s addition of more than a thousand new domains beginning in 2013. ICANN’s selection process in 2000 was badly dysfunctional, and its statements appeared to treat subjectivity and arbitrariness as desirable (or, in any event, appropriate) features of its process. The paper marvels at that spectacle, and tries to put it in larger context.

Keywords: ICANN, Internet Governance, DNS, Top-Level Domain

JEL Classification: F53

Suggested Citation

Weinberg, Jonathan, ICANN, 'Internet Stability,' and New Top Level Domains (January 30, 2002). Communications Policy and Information Technology: Promises, Problems, Prospects (Lorrie Cranor & Shane Greenstein eds., MIT Press 2002); Wayne State University Law School Research Paper No. 2018-48. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3204458

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