ICANN: Interim Paper of the Cross-Community Working Group on Use of Names of Countries and Territories as Top Level Domains

24 Feb 2017 - 21 Apr 2017


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is seeking public comment on the Interim Paper produced by the Cross-Community Working Group on Use of Names of Countries and Territories as Top Level Domains (CWG-UCTN). 

The CWG-UCTN was created in 2014 with the aim to: review the status of representations of country and territory names, as they exist under current ICANN policies, guidelines, and procedures; provide advice regarding the feasibility of developing a consistent and uniform definitional framework that could be applicable across ICANN supporting organisations and advisory committees; and, should such a framework be deemed feasible, provide detailed advice as to the content of the framework. 

In its Interim Paper, the CWG outlined several draft conclusions and recommendations, among which: the group is of the view that a harmonised framework on the use of country and territory names is not feasible due to various reasons; the group intends to recommend to continue work in this area, after some of the issues limiting this effort have been resolved; members of the group have varying views on structure of the new effort. 

 After the closure of the public comment forum, the CWG will review the comments received and revise its conclusions and recommendations, if deemed appropriate, to include in the Final Paper. This paper will be submitted to the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Councils for discussion, adoption, and next steps.

To contribute to this consultation, visit the dedicated webpage.