Building peace in the minds of men and women

Internet Governance Glossary


2.32 Generic top-level-domain / gTLD

top-level-domain (TLD) which includes domains that could be obtained by anyone, such as: .com, .info, .net, and .org.


For each gTLD there is one generic top-level-domain registry that maintains an address list. The salesman function of the registry is performed by registrars; for example, the .com gTLD is managed by VeriSign. ICANN provides overall coordination of the domain name system (DNS) by concluding agreements and accrediting registries and registrars.