[At-Large] THNIC Foundation comment on String Confusability

Satish Babu sb at inapp.com
Thu Oct 4 09:31:16 UTC 2018

Dear At-Large Community

Please see below the public comment made by the Thai Network Information
Center (THNIC) Foundation on String Confusability based on homophone
variants. The statement is being circulated at their request to the larger
At-Large Community, as it is considered as an issue that may impact
end-users and language/script communities:

The Thai Network Information Center (THNIC) Foundation would like to submit
the following comment on the Initial Report on the New gTLD Subsequent
Procedures Policy Development Process (Overarching Issues & Work Tracks
1-4) :

Work Track 3’s Recommendation 2: “Strings must not be confusingly similar
to an existing top-level domain.” refers to only the visual or spelling
similarity.   We would like to emphasize the importance of homonym which
can cause confusions to the users' community, and must be avoided
particularly at the TLD level.   An example case can be found from the
first round of the new gTLD where there was an application for .thai new
gTLD which phonetically clashes with existing .ไทย (Thai IDN ccTLD).

However, thanks to the ICANN board ruling, the application was "Not
Approved” in November 2013.  From this expensive exercise, we would like to
request that homonym be explicitly included in the similarity to existing
top-level domain consideration of the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook to
prevent future confusions and costly disputes.

With kind regards,

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