What the UN’s latest demands mean for new gTLD applicants

Kevin Murphy
July 23, 2012

The United Nations has stepped up its campaign to have the names and acronyms of hundreds of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) granted special protections under ICANN’s new gTLD program, putting several first-round applications at direct risk of rejection.

According to DI PRO’s analysis, if the UN’s proposals – which are supported by 38 IGOs – are adopted by ICANN precisely as demanded, at least four current new gTLD applications would be rejected outright, dozens more could be at risk of failing string similarity reviews, and dictionary words could be banned from future rounds.

Disturbingly for many applicants, noises from the Governmental Advisory Committee lately suggest that this scenario may not be as unlikely as it first appeared when the IGO demands surfaced late last year.

This article explains the current proposals to reserve more strings in the new gTLD program, examines the current state of policy-making, and provides three spreadsheets of strings and gTLD applications potentially affected by the debate.

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