What structure does tomorrow’s web 3.0 need?

In preparation for Workshop 3 of the EuroDIG conference we looked into the existential structures of the internet and the institutions carrying them. As Sébastien Bachollet, a representative of the board of  ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), will be hosting the workshop we looked into current discussions of ICANN and thought was our expectations for a future web would be.

The workshop promises a lot of technical details, like the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 standard, that was introduced as the solution to be able to cope with the increasing amount of internet adresses and users. In the same moment IPv6 gives again a stronger structure to trace back the origin of a connection and lifting the veil of anomity that protected the users so far.

The core topic of the workshop will be gTLDs (Generic top-level domains), which basically means new webspace for the internet to grow. Domains could go out to big business, states, but also the social sector. But what do we, as civil society need those new domains for actually?

Imagine:

  • a domain *.cloud – basically giving the space for cloud computing, for the secure exchange of data
  • a domain *.civilsociety – making branding for civil society organisations much easier and better affordable, where the *.org domains failed
  • a domain *.children – that can give a safe harbour for child appropriate contents and digital literacy education
  • a domain *.library - transferring the classic library model to the web, with its own security protocols and a comprehensive access models to remunerate the creators

 

Structures like these could have different security protocols and access schemes, functioning as a test drive for suitable soft policy for different aspects of internet governance. They could mean a thematic categorization of the internet instead of the mostly national categorization that is present now. Whilst mostly domains such as *.google, *.facebook or *.apple are foreseen the approach of opening the gTLDs could have very inspiring aspects on the internet as we know it.

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