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J Med Internet Res. 2014 Mar 5;16(3):e73. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3358.

The new health-related top-level domains are coming: will cureforcancer.health go to the highest bidder?

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Techna Institute, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network and University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. editor@jmir.org.

Abstract

In 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened a new round of applications for generic top-level domain (gTLD) names, receiving 1930 applications, of which at least 18 were related to health (eg, ".doctor", ".health", ".med"). The entry of new, commercial players applying to create health-related names reopens the debate on the role of international organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders regarding the safeguards and policies needed to protect consumers.

KEYWORDS:

global community health; health information sources; quality health information; top-level domains

PMID:
24598704
PMCID:
PMC3961804
DOI:
10.2196/jmir.3358
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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