.com .ca .edu - all are examples of top-level domains, or gTLDs, that exist on the internet. There are actually only 21, and they are coordinated by an international group called ICANN. Well, later this year ICANN will open up the naming system to everyone. Yes, anyone can apply for an internet extension! If you have $185,000 that is. Kieren McCarthy is the General Manager (U.S) of the Global Internet Business Coalition, and is holding a conference in San Francisco next month called .nxt to help get businesses ready for this massive expansion. He spoke to Nora about why he thinks liberalizing the internet naming space will be revolutionary.
A shorter version of this interview will air on the upcoming episode of Spark, but you can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [Runs 13:42]