Re: [alac] ICANN, oppressor of downtrodden minorities
> Is that really a good idea?
Of course not. The idea that the Chinese government would be able to quash the Dalai Lama's .TIBET application is frightening.
The problem actually presents itself for all sponsored or restricted gTLDs, though it's especially acute in the political examples you mentioned. In 2000, the proponents of the original .TRAVEL were opposed by other members of the travel community, so ICANN rejected the application because it wasn't representative enough of the community. This was the same reason the Board gave for rejecting .UNION and a couple of other applications. What is reasonable opposition (is there even such a thing?) to a gTLD application? That would be a helpful question to answer.