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Submission + - Will New Domain Extensions Help Internet Security? (

wiredmikey writes: The number of top-level domains on the Internet is set to increase dramatically over the next few years. Today's familiar .com, .org and .info addresses are going to be supplemented with dozens or hundreds of new extensions such as .blog, .sport, .london, .music and .gay. This rapid expansion will happen under the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program launched by ICANN. The ability of any company to apply for a new “dot.anything” or “dot.brand” gTLD is expected to bring increased consumer choice and technological innovation to the Internet's addressing systems. But will it also spur the adoption of enhanced Internet security? There are good reasons to believe it may, particularly within the addressing system itself.

ICANN's rulebook for prospective new gTLD managers, known as the Applicant Guidebook, contains a requirement to support Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) as a mandatory condition of every new gTLD application. Today, whether to implement DNSSEC is a matter of choice for domain name registries. For the gTLD managers of the future, though, it will be a matter of contractual compliance. New gTLDs will not change the DNS security landscape overnight, but the fact that DNSSEC will be required of them is an important driver for the technology....

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