Home / Blogs

.WHO Top-Level Domain Could Be a Bad Idea

Jean Guillon

Yesterday, taking a look at the "Legal Rights Objection" ( I read : "An intergovernmental organization (IGO) is eligible to file a legal rights objection if it meets the criteria for registration of a .INT domain name".

Taking a look at registered .INT domain names, I found Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. The know .BASEL Top-Level Domain (TLD) project listed on Registries.tel could have the "Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal" to object its application on the legal right objection ground.

It is possible some brands will apply for a 3 or 4 characters' string. Prior to doing this I would check carefully .INT domain names before doing so. Some ways to do this:

  • Check WIKIPEDIA's list of organizations with .INT domain names;
  • Use Google's advanced search within "a domain" with nothing in the search's field;
  • Enter your string and add .int in any browser.

Nb: "WHO" stands for the World Healt Organization (World Health Organization).

By Jean Guillon, New generic Top-Level Domain specialist. More blog posts from Jean Guillon can also be read here.

Related topics: Internet Governance, Law, Policy & Regulation, Top-Level Domains

WEEKLY WRAP — Get CircleID's Weekly Summary Report by Email:


IP idiocy Daniel R. Tobias  –  Apr 06, 2011 3:07 AM PST

It would be ludicrous to grant an agency absolute monopoly rights over a common English word like "who" just because it happens to be their acronym.  If a proposed use doesn't relate to health, they shouldn't have any kind of veto power over it.

To post comments, please login or create an account.

Related Blogs

Related News


Industry Updates – Sponsored Posts

Radix's .ONLINE Fastest to Sell 100,000 Domains

.PRO Domains Now Available to All

The ".law" Domain Gains Momentum Throughout the Legal Profession

Portfolio Update: October Launches and Renewal Rates

"The Market Has No Morality" Sophia Bekele Speaks on Business Ethics and Accountability

We're Moving Forward. You Coming?

City of Miami 3rd in U.S. to Launch Dedicated TLD

Internet Grows to 296 Million Domain Names in Q2 2015

Dyn Comments on ICG Proposal for IANA Transition

.Online Becomes the Fastest TLD to Sell 50,000 Domains

.ONLINE GA Launches with 28,000 Registrations in the First 30 Minutes

.ONLINE Sees the Biggest Generic Sunrise Ever

.Online Receives 550+ Sunrise Requests, a Fortnight Still to Go

40+ Pioneers Signed on for .TECH, as it Enters EAP Today‚Ä®

WeddingWire Joins Minds + Machines As New TLD '.Wedding' Pioneer

Minds + Machines and ALM Media Announce Strategic Partnership on .law

Independent Review Panel Favored DotConnectAfrica Trust Against ICANN Ruling Over .Africa Domain

Carlsberg Group Joins Minds + Machines Pioneer Program

In Celebration of Marriage Equality Each New .LGBT Name Donates $20 to the It Gets Better Project

Afilias Adds .PROMO to Its Expanding List of Top Level Domains

Sponsored Topics