22 Describe proposed measures for protection of geographic names at the second and other levels in the applied-for gTLD
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The Applicant will initially reserve country names from use in the second and other levels of the TLD, and other such names designated by ICANN and pursuant to Specification 5 and ICANN’s ongoing policies and regulations. In this regard, Applicant will at all times comply with ICANN’s geographic and all other reservation requirements as outlined in the Registry Agreement and Applicant’s reserved name list mentioned below. Applicant’s TLD will be operated as a Specification 9 exempt system, and the Applicant may, over time, utilize the reserved country names in the second and other country levels in order to organize content within the domain in a meaningful way. However, in such event, before the Applicant begins using such initially reserved country names, Applicant will provide a window during which governments, ICANN, public authorities or IGOs may submit a demand to block names with national or geographic significance at the second level of the TLD at no cost to the blocking authority. In the event of such occurrence, Applicant will at all times comply with all ICANN mandates and shall establish a notice mechanism and blocking procedure to effectuate such action.
All geographic and geopolitical names contained in the ISO 3166-1 list from time to time shall initially be reserved at both the second level and at all other levels within the TLD at which the Applicant provides for registrations. All names shall be reserved both in English and in all related official languages as may be directed by ICANN or the GAC. In addition, Applicant shall reserve names of territories, distinct geographic locations, and other geographic and geopolitical names as ICANN may direct from time to time. Such names shall be reserved from registration during any sunrise period, and shall be registered in ICANNʹs name prior to start-up and open registration in the TLD. Applicant shall post and maintain an updated listing of all such names on its website, which list shall be subject to change at ICANNʹs direction. Upon determination by ICANN of appropriate standards and qualifications for registration following input from interested parties in the Internet community, such names may be approved for registration to the appropriate authoritative body.
Pursuant to any ICANN directive allowing release after the blocking period has concluded, a contact will be delegated and information posted to enable governments, public authorities, or IGOs to challenge abuses of names with national or geographic significance at the second level of the TLD during the operation of the TLD. Challenges will be reviewed on their merits and resolved in a way that demonstrates that the Applicant respects sensitivities regarding terms with national, cultural, geographic and religious significance while enabling Applicant to provide content to users in a logical and organized fashion.
Additionally, Verisign, as Applicant’s back-end registry provider, provides a mechanism through their registry solution for reserving second-level domain names that prevents them from being registered. This functionality includes a list of strings that the system will not allow to be registered. Strings can be added and removed from this list as needed.
For the protection of geographic names for the Applicant’s TLD, the country and territory names contained in the following internationally recognized lists shall be blocked initially:
* The short form (in English) of all country and territory names, including the European Union, contained on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 3166-1 list located at: http:⁄⁄www.iso.org⁄iso⁄support⁄country_codes⁄iso_3166_code_lists⁄iso-3166-1_decoding_table.htm#EU
* The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN), Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World: http:⁄⁄unstats.un.org⁄unsd⁄geoinfo⁄UNGEGN⁄publications.html
* The list of United Nations member states, in six official United Nations languages, prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names. The most recent list of country names approved by the Working Group was submitted on behalf of UNGEGN for the Ninth UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names in August 2007: E⁄CONF.98⁄89 Add.1 http:⁄⁄unstats.un.org⁄unsd⁄geoinfo⁄ungegn⁄docs⁄9th-uncsgn-docs⁄econf⁄9th_UNCSGN_e-conf-98-89-add1.pdf
As new versions of these three internationally recognized lists are published, Verisign will update the list of names reserved by the Verisign registry system to reflect any changes.
In addition to providing protection for geographic names, this reserved name functionality will be used to reserve other names specifically ineligible for delegation.
For example, Section 22.214.171.124.3 of the Applicant Guidebook lists strings associated with the International Olympic Committee and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations to be prohibited from delegation per the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) request.
All the strings on these lists as well as any others put forth by the GAC and approved by ICANN will be included in the list of reserved names.
There are no plans at this time to release any of the reserved names. If, however, Applicant intends to release any of the names at a future date, we will follow the appropriate procedures, outlined in Section 5 of Specification 5, on the release of reserved names.
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