This post was written by Amy S. Mushahwar.

Reed Smith is actively monitoring the changing top-level domain name environment that has large implications for Internet security, stability and navigability. On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the list of the domain names applied for, with more than 1930 applications for top-level domains (the language to the left of the dot in an Internet address, such as .com in reedsmith.com). If even one-half of these applied-for top-level domains are delegated into the Internet root, we could see the domain name space increase more than 4300 percent over the 22 generic top-level domains that are in place today. Such a vast domain expansion will only increase the number of places for felons and other nefarious characters to hide online. Reed Smith will continue to monitor such developments and will have an attorney at ICANN’s Prague meeting to report on developments.

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