[At-Large] IDN Variants in the market place

Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com
Fri Jul 20 22:34:16 UTC 2018

I support this Siva and would call on the ALAC chair and ALAC to direct the
At Large Working Group on IDNs to put a paper together for the community to
input into to capture, Siva's concerns and those views averse to the notion
so we can have a broad macro view of the same.

Particularly, the major RALOs that would be affected are EURALO and APRALO
and notwithstanding other RALOs at all.

Many thanks,

On Thu, 19 Jul 2018, 10:19 pm Sivasubramanian M, <6.Internet at gmail.com>

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