ICANN forbid dotless domain names, Google disappointed

business-dreyfus-81-150x150ICANN confirmed in early August that the use of dotless domain names is forbidden. All year round 2012, the reports and publications confronting ICANN and its committees to companies such as Google Inc. and public comments were numerous.


Indeed, the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and Carve Systems were strongly against dotless domain names whereas Google was arguing that with these names, it will be easier for internet users and companies to access information. The report of the public comments showed that an important number of comments were both in favour of adopting the SSAC recommendations as well in opposition to the recommendations.


But this simplification is not riskless, and ICANN is definite on this subject! Dotless domain names are source of confusions, since they generally allow the computer owner to access what’s inside his machine. If they were on internet, the private namespace data access would be impossible.
Moreover, some software programs are based on the fact that these domains never go on the internet and confidential information could be recovered without the internet user knowing.


This is why New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) assures after investigating every risks related to dotless domain names that it is impossible to reduce them.


For lack of anything better, ICANN will not accept these domain names.