Another statement voicing opposition to the efforts by ICANN's Government Advisory Committee to assert censorship authority over new top level domain strings has been released. Written by Michael Palage and Avri Doria, it shows how widespread and deep the concerns have become. Palage is a former ICANN Board member, an intellectual property lawyer and (hold this against him ;-)) inventor of the “sunrise” proposal for protecting trademarks in new top level domains. Doria is a longtime IETF participant, WSIS civil society activist, former member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance, feminist, and definitely not a lawyer. The statement, “Please Keep the Core Neutral,” argues that “when the politics of censorship rather than solely technical concerns drive the coordination of “core” Internet resources, it threatens the future security and stability of the Internet. A month ago, IGP led the charge against this provision with an alert on the GAC proposed policy.
Posted on by Milton Mueller