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Non-PDP Study Group on Use of Names for Countries and Territories

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The Study Group's goal is to provide the ccNSO Council, ccTLD community and other interested stakeholders, including the GAC and GNSO Council, an overview of the scope and issues associated with the use of Country and Territory names as TLD strings and the scope and impact of alternative action paths on IDN ccTLD and new gTLD processes.

Statement of Purpose

Study Group Wiki Workspace

Draft Final Report

Public Comment Forum

Study Group Members


  • Martin Boyle, .uk
  • Joke Braeken, .eu
  • Becky Burr, .us
  • Henry Chan, .hk
  • Ian Chiang, .tw
  • Keith Davidson, .nz
  • Sokol Haxhiu, NomCom Appointee to the ccNSO Council
  • Hiro Hotta, .jp
  • Annebeth Lange, .no
  • Young-Eum Lee, .kr
  • Leo Maluwa, .mw
  • Nigel Roberts, .gg
  • Grigori Saghyan, .am
  • Ron Sherwood, .vi
  • Paul Szyndler, .au (Chair)
  • Maarten Simon, .nl



  • Elise Lindeberg, Norway



  • Carlos Aguirre - GNSO Nominating Committee Appointee
  • George Asare-Sakyi - NCSG
  • Iliya Bazlyankov - RrSG
  • Chris Chaplow - CBUC (Observer)
  • Ching Chiao - RySG
  • Avri Doria - NCSG
  • Heather Forrest, IPC
  • Volker Greimann - RrSG
  • Tony Harris- ISPCP 



NCSG = Non Commercial Stakeholder Group
RySG = Registries Stakeholder Group
RrSG = Registrars Stakeholder Group
ISPCP = Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency
IPC = Intellectual Property Constituency



  • Hawa Diakite, AFRALO
  • Eduardo Diaz (NARALO)
  • Cheryl Langdon-Orr, APRALO (liaison)
  • Sophie Liang (APRALO)
  • Andres Piazza (LACRALO)
  • Rudi Vansnick, EURALO



  • Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, UNESCO


Support Staff

  • Bart Boswinkel, ccNSO
  • Kristina Nordström, ccNSO
  • Gabriella Schittek, ccNSO







Mp3 recordings of the Working Group meetings can be found at


Additional Information

The Final Report was submitted for consideration to the ccNSO Council in October 2013. The ccNSO Council adopted the report and resolved to:

  • Invite the ALAC, GAC and GNSO to establish a cross community working group, which is tasked to:
    • Further review the current status of representations of country and territory names, as they exist under current ICANN policies, guidelines and procedures;
    • Provide advice regarding the feasibility of developing a consistent and uniform definitional framework that could be applicable across the respective SO's and AC's; and
    • Should such a framework be deemed feasible, provide detailed advice as to the content of the framework.

The ccNSO secretariat was asked to coordinate drafting of a strawman for the charter of the proposed ccWG to facilitate the invitation and discussion with the SO's and AC's mentioned.