Berners-Lee Takes Shot at .Mobi Domain
The creator of the Web speaks out against the proposed top-level domains, in particular the one for mobile content, which he says will create a divide on the Internet.NEW YORKTim Berners-Lee, the man who created the Web 15 years ago, opened the 13th annual International World Wide Web Conference here on Wednesday by voicing his concerns over 10 new top-level domains being considered by ICANN, including .mobi, a top-level domain for mobile content. Besides .mobi, the domains .asia, .cat, .jobs, .mail, .mobi, .post, .tel, .travel and .xxx have been proposed to join the likes of .com, .net, .org, .us, .info and .biz and are a potential windfall for any organization sponsoring a new TLD. The International Consortium for Assigned Names and Numbers is expected to make a decision on the new TLDs in December. Addressing an audience of more than 500 attendees from more than 40 countries, Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium, said he is not against new TLDs; however, new domains should bring social or technological value to the Web, not constrain it.
"It would be great if new domains were opened, but ones with social or technology context that make a commitment to the social system and to the integrity of that piece of the Web," he said. "We have alternatives to a domain like .xxx. You can label porn as metadata, and there are products you can buy that set up filtering for your kid. We shouldnt try to centralize the concept of what is good and what is bad."