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First New gTLD Requests

Bruce Morton

ICANN has published the first new gTLD requests. If approved, these gTLDs will add to the current 22 generic TLDs and the 280 country code TLDs. The new gTLDs have mostly been requested by companies and governments. We see that Google has asked for .youtube and Ford has requested .ford. Amsterdam and London have asked for .amsterdam and .london. There are many other requests such as .beer and .sucks.

As I stated in my previous post, if your websites have SSL certificates using internal domain names with one of the requested new gTLDs, then you should start making plans to either move off of those names or register them in the future. If you don’t own your domains ending with the new gTLD, then your public SSL CA will not be able to issue you a certificate with that name.

Screenshot from ICANN

Bruce Morton
Bruce Morton
Director, Certificate Technology & Standards

Bruce Morton has worked in the public key infrastructure and digital certificate industry for more than 15 years and has focused on SSL and other publicly trusted certificates since 2005. He has been an active member of the CA/Browser Forum that released guidelines for extended validation (EV) certificates and Baseline Requirements for SSL certificates. Bruce oversees the governance and compliance of Entrust’s publicly trusted PKI.

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