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Status: Delegated
country: International
Registry: Donuts
Registry Backend: Donuts
Type: Generic
Category: Culture
Priority #: 1470 - Radix (DotWorld Inc.)
1627 - Donuts (Bitter Fields, LLC)
Registrations: 139,178
Parked Domains: 105,669
Parked Domain %: 75.92 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 19 September 2014
General Availability: 14 January 2015

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.world is a GTLD that was proposed in ICANN's new gTLD program. It was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 19th September, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[1]

Successful Applicant

  1. Donuts (Bitter Fields, LLC) - This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.

Previous Applicant

  1. Radix (DotWorld Inc.)[2]


Radix received a GAC Early Warning as an entire applicant, where each one of the applicants was flagged by the U.S. Government. This seems to be the only time a portfolio applicant had all of their applications warned. The issue does not deal with the technical capabilities or thematic content of their applications, but rather the inclusion of an email address associated with the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation. It seems that Radix included correspondence with this address as a recommendation with each of their applications.[3]

Private Auction Resolves Contention

Radix withdrew their applications after an April 2014 private auction that was administered by Applicant Auction, in which Donuts won the rights to the string.[4]

Name Collision Issues

In October 2013 ICANN released their final assessment and mitigation plan for the Name Collision issue that was facing the New gTLD program. On 18 November 2013, ICANN announced the applied-for strings that were eligible for an alternative path towards delegation that would allow applicants to proceed without waiting for further mitigation research and plans to be published. 25 strings, including .world, were not eligible for the alternative path, and will have to wait for more plans to be published before continuing towards delegation.[5]

Contract signed

On the 12th June 2014, Donuts received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .world after passing the Initial Evaluation.[6]


.world was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 19th September, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[7]