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Donuts challenges ICANN’s .Doctor decision


Stethoscope may be required to register a .Doctor domain name.

Donuts has filed a reconsideration request after ICANN decided to slam the door on who can register a domain name under the .doctor top level domain name.

Last month, ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee determined that .Doctor should be a namespace restricted only to “legitimate medical practitioners”.

This eliminates a number of possible uses of the .doctor domain name. For example, brands like Rug Doctor and Lawn Doctor wouldn’t be able to register the domains. Neither would any of the millions of people who have doctorate degrees not in medicine. And I couldn’t register a clever domain like stolendomain.doctor.

In a post on CircleID, Donuts co-founder Jon Nevett says that ICANN has “quarantined” .doctor with an arbitrary restriction not applied to other top level domains that have GAC advice.

The reconsideration request is published online here.

Donuts is one of three applicants for .doctor. The others are Radix and The Medical Registry Limited.



James Barnley

I’m the editor of the DomainingAfrica. I write about internet and social media, focusing mainly on Domains. As a subscriber to my newsletter, you’ll get a lot of information on Domain Issues, ICANN, new gtld’s, Mobile technology and social media.

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