Father of the Internet thinks there needs be a solid rationale for adding new TLDs.
Domain investor George Kirikos recently found an article by Tim Berners-Lee, a key inventor of the World Wide Web, explaining his opposition to adding new top level domain names. It got me thinking, “what do other important people in the internet world think about new TLDs?”
The answer for Vint Cerf was right under my nose on Domain Name Wire.
Cerf is considered a “father of the internet” and was involved in many of the important early inventions for the internet. He also chaired the board of ICANN earlier this decade, and now works for Google.
At the Domain Roundtable conference in 2006, Cerf explained his view on adding top level domain names. I summarized it as follows:
Some people have misunderstood Cerf’s position with regards to adding new domains. He said he is not opposed to adding new TLDs. What he advocates, however, is having a solid rationale for adding new TLDs. Cerf believes the processes and outcomes of the first two rounds of TLD adds were not satisfactory. He hopes for the process to be revised by the end of the year.
I question if ICANN’s current rationale for adding new top level domain names is solid.
Ironically, .Mobi had a coming out party at that same conference in 2006.