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Inaugural .nxt Conference Reveals the Next Internet Revolution


.nxt to Cover All Aspects of New Internet Extensions Due to Go Live in 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, 9 November 2010 – .nxt, a new conference in downtown San Francisco, will bring the world’s internet experts together to foster and promote the next Internet revolution - the proliferation of new Internet extensions, or “gTLDs”.

The .nxt conference ( will be held at the Hyatt Regency on 9-10 February 2011 and is hosted by the San Francisco Bay chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC), a non-profit organization that provides leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy.

.nxt will examine all aspects of this new piece of Internet infrastructure from applying for a gTLD and running the necessary technical systems to finding investors, marketing and differentiating the new extension.

In attendance will be a wealth of experts including internet infrastructure companies, marketing and security experts, analysts, IP lawyers, investors, representatives from ICANN - the organization in charge of the gTLD process - and, of course, the applicants themselves.

“The introduction of hundreds of new Internet extensions, many in non-English languages, will have an enormous and lasting impact on how the internet is used,” says Kieren McCarthy, General Manager of .nxt. “If you want to get in on the ground floor of the next Net revolution, or just want find out more, .nxt is the place to be.”

From mid-2011, new gTLDs will be available for registration, and hundreds of new extensions are expected to go live before the end of next year. To date, more than 100 groups have announced plans to apply for a “new dot-com” to enhance online communication about brands, communities, and generic terms. To date, applications range from dot-canon, dot-gay, dot-surf and dot-zulu, to dot-vegas. Successful applicants will be added to the Internet at the end of 2011 and put out for public registration in early 2012.

“The Internet has already enabled extraordinary changes in the way we as a society interact and communicate. New gTLDs open up the possibilities still further,” states Zaid Ali, Chairman of the SF-Bay ISOC Board. “No one knows what will come out of the liberalization of the Internet naming space but if history tells us anything it’s that we can look forward to some extraordinary new ideas.”

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