Community Objection

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A Community Objection is one type of formal objection that was admissible during the public comment and objection period of the New gTLD Program. The objection filing period opened after ICANN announced the complete list of gTLD Applications on June 13, 2012, and closed after January 12, 2013.[1] There were 104 objections filed as Community Objections.[2].

ICANN's gTLD Applicant Guidebook states that an institution has grounds for the Community Objection if: "there is substantial opposition to the gTLD application from a significant portion of the community to which the gTLD string may be explicitly or implicitly targeted."[3] However, if they wish to file an objection, they must first prove that they are (1) “an established institution” and (2) that they have "an ongoing relationship with a clearly delineated community." ICANN's Independent Objector can also make a Community Objection.[1]


On August 21, 2013, 23 Community Objections were terminated, leaving a few gTLD applications without any objections whatsoever. The objections were terminated by the ICC for a variety of reasons, the most common being that the applications themselves had been withdrawn. Other reasons were matching Objections by Third Parties, or in response to GAC advice.[4]