by Shana Dines
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced their unanimous decision to allow new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) last month.
Generic top-level domains are the series of letters at the right end of a website address. The most commonly used gTLDs are .com, and .org, while some restricted TLDs include .gov and .edu. There are also country code TLDs, like .il for Israel and .au for Australia.
This program, set to take effect in early 2009, could potentially add limitless new gTLDs to the realm of IP addresses.
The news comes to a mixture of reactions, ranging from fear to excitement to apathy.