ICANN should refrain from imposing political views
- To: gtldfinalreport-2007@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: ICANN should refrain from imposing political views
- From: William L Landahl III <Bill.Landahl@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 08:30:26 -0700
Name: William L Landahl III
Subject: ICANN should refrain from imposing political views
I've been an IT professional since 1974, a PC user since 1977, and a follower of political policy and technical
development even longer. The commentary below is much more eloquent than myself, and I fully endorse it.
Attempting to apply recommendations such as #6 & #20 would seem to lead to the absurdity of only allowing
names such as: "A", "AA", and "A12". Anything else is sure to offend someone,
someplace whether it be conservative Christians, Muslim fundamentalists, or the Chinese government. PLEASE be
very careful in attempting to regulate international communications in this manner.
William L Landahl III
ICANN should not try to regulate morality and public order on the Internet.
But the proposed policy for approving new gTLDs threatens to do just that.
There is no global consensus on these cultural issues, and applying a
one-size-fits-all policy to censor the global Internet cannot work. Also,
trademark law doesn't match the way Internet domains are used, and the proposed
policy would apply trademark law in ways that are completely unprecedented in
any national law or international treaty. This is completely inappropriate,
and is likely to be illegal in many cases.
The proposed challenge process allows too much subjective uncertainty in what
should be a completely objective, transparent and well-defined application
procedure. It requires ICANN to judge cases for which it has no established
institutional capacity, and sets up a completely spurious legal jurisdiction
without any accountable political authority. It would also allow wealthier and
more powerful gTLD applicants to hijack the application process, suppress
competition and innovation, and generally establish more firmly entrenched
gatekeeper power in the market for gTLDs.
These problems are too important to let the proposed policy be approved without
fixing them. Please protect freedom of expression and innovation by removing
non-technical and non-operational criteria from all ICANN policies. Keep the
Internet open and nondiscriminatory. Keep the core neutral!