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dotShabaka Diary — Day 3

Kevin Murphy, August 14, 2013, 10:35:42 (UTC), Domain Registries

Here’s the third installment of dotShabaka Registry’s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

Wednesday 14 August 2013
Our Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT) continues. The latest ICANN published timeframe shows 30 days duration to 30 August. Previous communications indicated it would take 14 days plus rectification (if required) and the PDT ‘clock’ is counting down 21 days. When will it end?
We now have access to the TMDB and have received the initial Registration Token. We have run some internal tests and it all looks OK. So what next? We will attend the TMDB webinar today and hopefully the TMDB integration and testing process will be defined. Stay tuned.
According to ICANN we will receive a ‘new Registry’ Welcome Pack soon. I suspect we are ‘ahead of the curve’ in terms of the timing of this pack and other applicants will receive this information once the Agreement is signed.
In other news, ICANN have published IOC, Red Cross and Red Crescent reserved lists in multiple languages, but the IGO list has not been defined. Is ICANN going to publish a list of countries (in six official United Nations languages) or is every Registry going to generate their own list with their own rules? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Read previous and future diary entries here.


Comments (2)

  1. Avtal says:

    Thanks for the interesting series of diary entries.
    On reserved country names at the second level: I believe that the list is not limited to to every country name in each of the 6 UN languages (by the way, is Abkhazia a country? Kosovo?).
    The list of reserved names also includes the name of each country in its own official language(s). For instance, “Germany” in German, “Iran” in Farsi, “Pakistan” in Urdu, etc. (By the way, do you think your TLD will attract Farsi and Urdu speakers?)
    And then there is the question of variants. To take an example of one country in one language, UnitedStatesOfAmerica is obviously reserved, but what about UnitedStates? America? USA?
    Finally, the guidebook seemed to suggest that a country could give permission to have its name unblocked at the second level. What form of proof would a registrant have to provide to show that this permission had been granted?
    Not very interesting questions for most registrants, but examples of the blanks that ICANN now needs to fill in.

  2. Yasmin Omer says:

    Thanks for your comment and support Avtal, we really appreciate it.
    You raise a good point and your example of variants in country names is pertinent. While these questions may not be headline news for the whole industry, it is certainly something that is important to us as one of the first applicants to progress through the program.
    This is exactly the reason why we started this journal series and we hope to ‘fill in the blanks’ with the help of ICANN on behalf of the entire community.
    Thanks again for your comment and stay tuned for further updates soon.

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