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Status: Delegated
Manager: Donuts
Registry Provider: Demand Media
Registry: Donuts
Registry Backend: Rightside
Type: Generic
Category: Lifestyle
PIC Submitted: Download Here
Registrations: 18,537
Parked Domains: 11,663
Parked Domain %: 62.92 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 23 April 2014
General Availability: 13 August 2014

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.care is a gTLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant and now Registry Operator is Donuts (Goose Cross).[1] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 23 April 2014.[2]

Application Details

Excerpted from Response to Question 18:
"This TLD is attractive and useful to end-users as it better facilitates search, self-expression, information sharing and the provision of legitimate goods and services. Along with the other TLDs in the Donuts family, this TLD will provide Internet users with opportunities for online identities and expression that do not currently exist. In doing so, the TLD will introduce significant consumer choice and competition to the Internet namespace – the very purpose of ICANN’s new TLD program.

This TLD is a generic term and its second level names will be attractive to a variety of Internet users. Making this TLD available to a broad audience of registrants is consistent with the competition goals of the New TLD expansion program, and consistent with ICANN’s objective of maximizing Internet participation. Donuts believes in an open Internet and, accordingly, we will encourage inclusiveness in the registration policies for this TLD. In order to avoid harm to legitimate registrants, Donuts will not artificially deny access, on the basis of identity alone (without legal cause), to a TLD that represents a generic form of activity and expression.

The .CARE TLD will be of interest to the millions of organizations and individuals worldwide devoted to the care of those in need, interested in issues and matters of human significance, and given to philanthropic activity. This broad and diverse set may include organizations that collect and distribute resources for charities or otherwise provide for individuals and groups with medical or other humanitarian needs. The string is also a forum for expression for not only those devoted to compassion, but for registrants and others interested in discussion of myriad issues and matters of mutual concern. We would operate the .CARE TLD in the best interest of registrants who would use the TLD in varied ways, and in a legitimate and secure manner.

DONUTS’ APPROACH TO PROTECTIONS No entity, or group of entities, has exclusive rights to own or register second level names in this TLD. There are superior ways to minimize the potential abuse of second level names, and in this application Donuts will describe and commit to an extensive array of protections against abuse, including protections against the abuse of trademark rights.

We recognize some applicants seek to address harms by constraining access to the registration of second level names. However, we believe attempts to limit abuse by limiting registrant eligibility is unnecessarily restrictive and harms users by denying access to many legitimate registrants. Restrictions on second level domain eligibility would prevent law-abiding individuals and organizations from participating in a space to which they are legitimately connected, and would inhibit the sort of positive innovation we intend to see in this TLD. As detailed throughout this application, we have struck the correct balance between consumer and business safety, and open access to second level names.

By applying our array of protection mechanisms, Donuts will make this TLD a place for Internet users that is far safer than existing TLDs. Donuts will strive to operate this TLD with fewer incidences of fraud and abuse than occur in incumbent TLDs. In addition, Donuts commits to work toward a downward trend in such incidents.

OUR PROTECTIONS Donuts has consulted with and evaluated the ideas of international law enforcement, consumer privacy advocacy organizations, intellectual property interests and other Internet industry groups to create a set of protections that far exceed those in existing TLDs, and bring to the Internet namespace nearly two dozen new rights and protection mechanisms to raise user safety and protection to a new level."[3]

Contract Signed

On 6 March 2014 Donuts received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .care after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[4]

Delegation and Availability

.care was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 23 April, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]