[gtld-tech] Update to reserved names list for new gTLDs

Gavin Brown gavin.brown at centralnic.com
Thu Sep 19 08:33:58 UTC 2013

Hi Francisco,

I note that Specification 5 of the Registry Agreement
also includes references to the following external documents:

Clause 4.1: Short Names in English from ISO 3166

Clause 4.2: United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names,
Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical
Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World - which I found at

Clause 4.3: the list of United Nations member states in 6 official
United Nations languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names
of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical
Names - which I found at

Would it be possible for ICANN to confirm that the URLs listed above are
the correct sources for these documents?

While it's very easy to extract useful data from ISO-3166, the two PDF
documents I found are a different matter.

Copying and pasting text (especially non-ASCII text) out of a PDF is
potentially risky: when I tried using Adobe Reader on Mac OS X I had
very little luck, getting either nothing at all or a series of junk

Given the quantity of data that needs to be extracted or transcribed
(given 193 UN member states, there are there 1,351 different strings
that must be extracted), and the potential risk that would result in
error or omission, does ICANN intend to prepare a full list of these
strings for our use?

If not, are Registry Operators expected to do this themselves? Has ICANN
considered the likely consequences of confusion caused by differences in
the availability of names caused by different Registry Operators using
different lists?



On 18/09/2013 18:02, Francisco Arias wrote:
> Colleagues,
> This is a heads up that we have updated the list of reserved names for new
> gTLDs at http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/reserved
> Formal notifications to contracted parties will go out shortly.
> Regards,

Gavin Brown
Chief Technology Officer
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