22 Describe proposed measures for protection of geographic names at the second and other levels in the applied-for gTLD

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.promoPhenomena Group Oyphenomena.comView

Phenomena is committed to running .PROMO in full compliance with all applicable laws, consensus policies, best practice guidelines, RFCs and the Specifications of the Registry Agreement. Phenomena therefore commits that it will follow GAC advice and Specification 5 and block from initial registration those country and territory names contained in the following lists:
1. The short form (in English) of all country and territory names contained on the ISO 3166- 1 list, as updated from time to time, including the European Union; and
2. The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World; and
3. The list of United Nations member states in 6 official United Nations languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names.
The process for reserving these names, and hence blocking them from registration, will be agreed with our technical service provider, Afilias, whose launch of .info included the blocking mechanisms cited as an example in the notes to this question.
Because .PROMO domains are only offered to clients of Phenomena, for use in campaign activities led or facilitated by Phenomena, the reserved names cannot be offered to Governments or other official bodies for their own use as this would conflict with the Mission and Purpose of the TLD. However, for the same reason, they will not be offered for sale to unknown third parties.
The .PROMO registry only provides for the registration of names at the second level. No third level domains will be delegated at the registry level. It is therefore consistent with GAC advice that Registrants may choose to create subdomains using country names or abbreviations at the third level. For example, Phenomena may register intranet.PROMO, and its internal users may create subdomains such as fi.intranet.PROMO or uk.intranet.PROMO .
Phenomena may also use a folder structure to represent country names in its URLs, while the block exists at the second level. For example, intranet.PROMO ⁄FINLAND or intranet.PROMO ⁄UK.

We envisage that over time, there will be demand from new TLDs leading to the development of a standardised process for requesting GAC review and ICANN approval for the release of country and territory names for registration by the Registry Operator. When such a process is in place, Phenomena expects to apply for the release of country and territory names within .PROMO.

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