[At-Large] IDN Variants in the market place

Sivasubramanian M 6.Internet at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 10:18:58 UTC 2018

Please take a look at the attached screenshot of a domainer's offer to sell
single character IDNs, for instance an IDN variant (lookalike) of the ASCII
character X, which sets a harmful trend. This is an issue if confusability.

I understand that the Registries (are required to?) maintain a list of
harmful names for their TLDs, but there is no common minimal list of
harmful names. One possible way to achieve this is for the Registries, at
least in the ASCII space, to volunteer to feed their respective list of
harmful names into a common Registry Stakeholder database, and then draw up
a common minimum list of harmful domain names that any Registry could avoid

If At-Large could shape this as a workable suggestion, it could formally go
to the Registry Stakeholders.

Sivasubramanian M
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