Navigating the Changing Internet Landscape

Re-launch of the eco International Podcast as the eco International Audio Magazine

We all use web addresses every day, but what do they mean, and how do they work? The Domain Name System functions as the global Internet telephone book, but the Internet map is changing shape.


The jungle of web addresses has been experiencing a quiet revolution over the past year. It used to be that every website address ended either in a .com, maybe .org, or else a country code like .uk. But recently, new endings have been coming out of the woodwork, the new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). So now we’re seeing city codes like .nyc and .berlin, but we’re also starting to see topic-related generic names like .club and .car, and brand names like .bmw.

So why has this revolution been necessary, and what are the consequences for us as Internet users and business people? Who are the players in this industry, and how does my computer even know where to go? And have the new gTLDs turned out to be a success?

In this 22-min Audio Magazine from the eco Association, you can gain an insight into the Domains industry and hear what experts Joke Braeken (EURid) and Jeff Neuman (Valideus) have to say about the industry and about the impact of the new gTLDs.

You can find the shownotes and short excerpts here.

The eco International Audio Magazine can be listened to at https://international.eco.de/podcasts.html, can be downloaded for free, and is available over podcast portals like iTunes. The episode is also made available under the CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 License and can be easily embedded in websites with the Soundcloud Player.