So much for .zimbabwe.
The latest version of the draft applicant guidebook for new top level domain names prohibits country names (e.g. .mexico) from being registered.
It’s a good thing, really. It eliminates another conflict ICANN would have to deal with: ruthless dictators hoping to spend more of their ill-gotten gains on a new top level domain name might not pass the background check.
The background check will cover a number of items, including
-Corruption and bribery
-Serious and organized crime
-Corporate fraud and financial regulatory breaches
-Arms trafficking and war crimes
-Intellectual property violations
Talk about an awkward phone call from Rod Beckstrom:
“Mr. Mugabe, I’m afraid we’re going to have to reject your application for .Zimbabwe.”
And forget continent names, too. The rules for getting a continent are very tough:
In the case of an application for a string which represents a continent or UN region, documentation of support will be required from at least 60% of the respective national governments in the region, and there may be no more than one written objection to the application from relevant governments in the region and/or public authorities associated with the continent or the UN region.
Yeah, good luck with that. The requirement was reduced from 69% to 60%, which must be a target for a specific continent. But once you see the numbers for .asia, no one should want to get a .continent name, any way. (Sorry, .africa.)