Su Sonia Herring
NCUC Member | Youth IGF Turkey Coordinator
5th Middle East DNS Forum | 26 April 2018, Ankara
Generic top-level domains are one of the categories of top-level domains maintained by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers for use in the Domain Name System of the Internet.
Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) outlines registrants rights and responsibilities, but tends to focus on responsibilities more than rights.
The policy is between the registrar (or other registration authority in the case of a country-code top-level domain) and its customer (the domain-name holder or registrant)
your domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights
"Under trademark law, the concept of classification allows for “Marshall” to be
What happens if all the Marshall mark owners obtain protection for variations, designs and associations of the name under all the new gTLDs. What would this mean for other rights associated with the same name?"
Privacy Services allow a domain name holder (registrant) to be listed as the registrant of record but with alternate, valid contact information (such as a mail-forwarding service address) published in place of the registrant's home address.
"Awareness about Privacy and Proxy Registration services is not high either as only 20% of the domain name registrants use privacy proxy services on the whole
in the Middle East, and in some countries, it is lower than 10% in total.
This illustrates that registrants either do not know about such services or sometimes are not even
aware that their information will be published publicly."
a) Educating registrants about their rights and responsibilities, the domain name ecosystem and how to navigate it, and the ICANN policies that impact them and
b) Identifying and raising awareness about issues and challenges that registrants are facing.