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recommended to select a limited number from above
Restricted Content Group
Because of the inadequacies in the proposed technical and business measures to actually promote kid-friendly content, the evaluation team does not recommend selecting a .kids domain in the current phase of the TLD program. In addition, because of the controversy surrounding, and poor definition of the hoped-for benefits of, .xxx, we also recommend against its selection at this time.
Restricted Commercial Group
Most proposals in this group are not technically suited to merit selection.
The applications of these appear to be technically, financially sound in the context of their special-purpose limited objectives.
New Services TLDs
Reading the recommendations, it appears that .geo might make the cut, and ICAAN like the idea of .dir but put it on hold.
Report on New TLD Applications [icann.org]
.info, .site, cash, .global, .secure, .ebiz, .ecom, .home, .dot, .info, .site, .spot, .surf
I missed them on ICAAN, they are listed under "Strings Requested" while .web and .biz are listed as "Preferred String."
.biz - had to happen
.name - a risky but creative move. I could see people going for their own name.
.pro - doesn't set the heart a patter now does it?
.info - ok. Might be interesting.
.museum - huh?
.coop - what?
.aero - what on earth?
No .kids? and no .xxx? Absurd! The perfect opportunity to box in content, clean up the web, and they blow it. .xxx alone could have sent domain registrars into the stratosphere.
I can see some possibilities with 3 of these, but I wonder whether it will be clear what these mean, or if people will still tack on com - like internet.biz.com
They say the .pro is going to be reserved for doctors/lawyers and phd's. So they want to give the elite their own domain and box in content, yet they couldn't see fit to do XXX or .kids? I was really hoping for .kids. I want to do a kids site, but with COPPA rules in place, I'm not going to wade into that thicket.
Besides, british.museum looks much better and is more memorable than thebritishmuseum.ac.uk . In my opinion.