Quiz Results: Lord of Your Own Domain? Last week’s quiz followed up on ICANN’s endorsement of seven new Internet top-level domains (TLDs) by asking which of the following domains – .org, .cc, .mil, .web, .um, .is, or .biz – was not an existing domain or one of the seven new TLDs. Just over a third of the quiz respondents knew the correct answer – .web – but even more respondents thought the answer was .um, which is the established (though little used) top-level domain for the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, including Wake and Midway in the mid-Pacific. We may yet see a .web domain – it was proposed to ICANN by multiple applicants, and could be approved in the future – but it doesn’t exist yet. Only eight percent of the quiz’s respondent’s thought .biz didn’t exist (even though it’s brand new) while fourteen percent thought .cc – the domain for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, in the Indian Ocean south of Sumatra – didn’t exist, despite its wide (some would say opportunistic) promotion by its registrar as an alternative to the .com domain. [GD]
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