ICANN OKs New Domains for Jobs, Travel

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-04-11 Print this article Print

Gaining approval from the oversight body's board, the registries for .jobs and .travel prepare to make registrations available later in the year.

Travel and employment Web sites are a step closer to getting their own Internet domains. ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has designated two new domains, .jobs and .travel.
Both are sponsored domain names, meaning that they are designated for specific purposes rather than general use, and have the backing of industry groups.
The board of directors of ICANN, the main overseer of the domain names service, approved the domains during its meeting last week in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Both are expected to be available for public registrations late this year. The .jobs domain is targeted to recruiters and companies engaged in hiring. Employ Media LLC, a Cleveland, Ohio-based company, was approved as the registry to manage the domain, and it is contracting with VeriSign Inc. for registry services. The Society for Human Resource Management, a nonprofit professional organization, is acting as the domains sponsor. Click here to read about the progress of a domain dedicated to Europe. Tralliance Corp., of New York, was confirmed as the registry for .travel, which is aimed at travel suppliers and sellers. The domains sponsor is an industry group called the Travel Partnership Corp., which includes more than 100 international travel trade associations. "We anticipate enormous interest and participation by both the global travel and tourism industry and consumers in .travel," said Tralliance President and CEO Ronald Andruff, in a statement. The .jobs and .travel domain were among 10 sponsored top-level domain names proposed to ICANN in March. Click here to read about concerns raised by Tim Berners-Lee about the additional Internet domains. The Marina del Rey, Calif.-based oversight body has entered into negotiations with potential registries for the .cat, .post and .mobi domains, while discussions continue about .asia, .mail, .xxx and two applicants for the .tel domain, ICANN said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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