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Old 3rd April 2011, 06:01 AM
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Re: Greece’s request for .ελ turned down

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Originally Posted by blastfromthepast View Post
Why would it not be able to prevent it?
As I understand it, ICANN assigns two-letter latin country codes on the basis of a list maintained by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA for short). This agency has decided that PS should be assigned to "Palestinian Territory (Occupied)", that SX should be assigned to "Sint Maarten (Dutch Part)", and that Abkhazia and Kosovo should get nothing at all. ICANN's list of ccTLDs reflects these decisions.

So if someday ISO 3166/MA assigns EA to the Republic of East Anglia, then ICANN will either have to assign .ea as East Anglia's ccTLD, or for the first time ever deviate from the ISO 3166 list of two-letter latin country codes.

As for the argument about capital letters: When you type EXAMPLE.COM into your browser, you expect your browser to take you to that domain. And in fact, if you do a whois search at Moniker on example.com, the first line is:
Domain Name: EXAMPLE.COM
So capitalized names are frequently used. And you can't deny that .EA (East Anglia, some day) looks a lot like .ΕΛ (capitalized version of .ελ).

Anyway, the above is what I imagine ICANN's official explanation would be, if they bothered to provide one.

Cynical unofficial version: The purpose of the fast-track IDN ccTLD process was to get China and Russia off of ICANN's back. Mission accomplished. If Bulgaria and Greece don't like the results of the fast-track process, they can wait for the slow track. (Or so I imagine is the thinking at ICANN).

Avtal

P.S. .ΚΟΜ (Greek) sure looks a lot like .КОМ (Russian).
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