Redelegation of the .GW domain representing Guinea-Bissau

ICANN decided, at the Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors that was held on 26 June 2014 in London England, the redelegation of the .GW domain representing Guinea-Bissau.

Kuo-Wei Wu introduced the agenda item. Chris Disspain provided background information regarding the redelegation request.

The Board then took the following action:

Resolved (2014.06.26.06), as part of the exercise of its responsibilities under the IANA Functions Contract, ICANN has reviewed and evaluated the request to redelegate the .GW country-code top-level domain to the Autoridade Reguladora Nacional das Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação da Guiné Bissau. The documentation demonstrates that the proper procedures were followed in evaluating the request.

Resolved (2014.06.26.07), the Board directs that pursuant to Article III, Section 5.2 of the ICANN Bylaws, that certain portions of the rationale not appropriate for public distribution within the resolutions, preliminary report or minutes at this time due to contractual obligations, shall be withheld until public release is allowed pursuant to those contractual obligations.

Fifteen members of the Board voted in favor of Resolutions 2014.06.26.06 and 2014.06.26.07. One member of the Board was unavailable to vote on the Resolutions. The Resolutions carried.

Rationale for Resolutions 2014.06.26.06 – 2014.06.26.07

Why is the Board addressing the issue now?

In accordance with the IANA Functions Contract, ICANN staff has evaluated a request for ccTLD redelegation and is presenting its report to the Board for review. This review by the Board is intended to ensure that ICANN staff has followed the proper procedures.

What is the proposal being considered?

The proposal is to approve a request to IANA to change the sponsoring organisation (also known as the manager or trustee) of the .GW country-code top-level domain to the Autoridade Reguladora Nacional das Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação da Guiné Bissau.

Which stakeholders or others were consulted?

In the course of evaluating a delegation application, ICANN staff consults with the applicant and other interested parties. As part of the application process, the applicant describes consultations that were performed within the country concerning the ccTLD, and their applicability to their local Internet community.

What concerns or issues were raised by the community?

Staff is not aware of any significant issues or concerns raised by the community in relation to this request.

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What factors did the Board find to be significant?

The Board did not identify any specific factors of concern with this request.

Are there positive or negative community impacts?

The timely approval of country-code domain name managers that meet public interest criteria is positive toward ICANN’s overall mission, the local communities to which country-code top-level domains are designated to serve, and responsive to ICANN’s obligations under the IANA Functions Contract.

Are there financial impacts or ramifications on ICANN (strategic plan, operating plan, budget); the community; and/or the public?

The administration of country-code delegations in the DNS root zone is part of the IANA functions, and the delegation action should not cause any significant variance on pre-planned expenditure. It is not the role of ICANN to assess the financial impact of the internal operations of country-code top-level domains within a country.

Are there any security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS?

ICANN does not believe this request poses any notable risks to security, stability or resiliency.

This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the blog in 2012.


  1. hello zournas, i am a constant reader of your blog and i wonder about one thing as far as domaining is concerned, some of the dmain names that sells for hihg profit have no internet site but when i try to sell mine it seems like it ‘s impossible (, and

    • I don’t understand what you are saying.
      They don’t websites after they are sold?
      The 3 domains you posted are not that good. Sorry.

      • ok i when you say my domains are not “good” its because they are not developped right? and then that is the same for some of these domains that sell for high price. what is the difference then between these domain and mine or simply said what will make these domain to be “good” as those selling for high price. thanks for you reply!

      • No, I am just saying that these 3 domains you posted are just not so good.
        I am not particularly fond of 3 word domains.

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