Two-Letter

  • Government anger over two-letter domains

    … ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has clashed with its board of directors over the lack of protections for two-letter domain names that match country codes. The board has now formally been urged to reconsider its policy to allow registries to sell these names, after angry comments and threats from some GAC members. Governments from…

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  • Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

    …, regardless of length. Before and after the resolution passed, the GAC expressed “serious concern” that the board had not formally responded to the Helsinki communique. In its Hyderabad communique, issued after yesterday’s vote, the GAC advised the board to: Clearly indicate whether the actions taken by the Board as referred to in the resolution…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • Buy it or lose it? Governments could get first dibs on two-letter domains

    … Period would be limited to those companies or government entities in charge of matching ccTLDs. The measures are outlined in “Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes” (pdf), published by ICANN late last week. The surprisingly succinct document outlines three things new…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • US Congresspeople tell ICANN to ignore GAC “interference”

    … between “engagement” and “interference”. The letter highlights two specific pieces of GAC input that the signatories seem to believe constitute interference. First, the GAC’s objection to Amazon’s application for .amazon. The letter says this objection came “without legal basis” and that ICANN “succumbed to political pressure” when it rejected…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -
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