Geographic Names Review

  • Tata ponders “buy a school” strategy to release .tata from limbo

    … Tata Group is reportedly considering buying a school for the Moroccan province of Tata in order to unlock the .tata gTLD. The huge Indian conglomerate has been prevented from acquiring its own dot-brand because it matches the name of the tiny region, which is as protected geographic string under ICANN rules. Without the express permission…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … of the relevant government. Tata was the last applicant to pass its ICANN evaluation, when in July 2014 it finally managed to pass its Geographic Names Review on the basis of a letter from a Moroccan official. However, in September last year the Moroccan’s government’s digital economy minister denied that the letter indicated support for .tata…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators

    …, proclaiming the process corrupt, and ZACR won. The new letters are relevant because DCA is currently being evaluated for the second time by ICANN’s independent Geographic Names Panel, which has to decide whether DCA has the support of 60% of African governments. ZACR passed its GNP review largely due to a letter of support from the AUC. If DCA…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 5 readers -