Internet name regulator Icann is to decide today which order
it will use to organise applications for new suffixes today; in a raffle for
new top-level domains (gTLDs).
The raffle will take place later on today and is
expected to last around 6 hours.
applications have been received by the body, which include .ninja, .app,
.book and .music, which are proving to be the most in demand. However,
complaints have already been made by some governments who are opposed to such
suffixes as .islam, and .army, to name but a few.
Icann has struggled to come up with a way to assign new
names, as "digital archery” was initially suggested until it thought to be unfair and
likely to favour some over others. Another idea was to hold a "prioritisation
draw”, a scheme in which applicants would have to buy tickets at £62 each for
every submission made.
"It's the fairest system we could come up with,"
spokesman Brad White told
"It's not ideal, or perfection - but there was no
The first batch of gTLDs are expected to begin rolling out
in May 2013 and owners of the domains will have to pay $25,000 in order to
renew the domain each year. Applicants have already paid out $185,100 for
initial evaluation and then additional fees to take place in the raffle, which
will take place starting at 21:00 GMT today.