22 June 2014

France, Portugal and Spain warn ICANN re: new gTLDs .WINE and .VIN

"the failure of ICANN to take due account of the wider public interest"*
"the lack of adequate redress mechanisms and, above all, the lack of accountability demonstrate the need for signficant reform of ICANN even before the current debate on the global Internet governance system comes to a conclusion."*
There is a storm brewing on the continent of Europe over ICANN's stated intention to delegate new gTLDs .WINE and .VIN -- *excerpt from letter of Axelle Lemaire, Secrétaire d'Etat au Numérique (French Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs) to Members of the ICANN Board of Directors --

But France is not alone -- see also --
Portugal's letter to ICANN:

Uncle Sugar isn't going to cover for a dysfunctional ICANN anymore, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

And of course, Esther Dyson warned everyone about all of this in 2011, but no one listened.

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