GAC issues advice to ICANN regarding new gTLD applications

Posted On April 22, 2013
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The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has made various recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors about the new gTLD applications.

The GAC Communiqué recommendations include:

  • not proceeding beyond Initial Evaluation with the certain geographic strings, including: .shenzhen (IDN in Chinese), .persiangulf, .guangzhou (IDN in Chinese), .amazon (and IDNs in Japanese and Chinese), .patagonia, .thai
  • that singular and plural versions of a string could lead to consumer confusion
  • providing preventative initial protection to the names and acronyms of intergovernmental organisations (IGOs)

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