[governance] control and censorship - revelation?

Jeanette Hofmann jeanette at wz-berlin.de
Sat Dec 31 13:09:35 EST 2005

shahshah at irnic.ir wrote:
> Vittorio,
> I don't think the issue here is censorship or democracy. The issue is
> whether ICANN is consistent in its application of a well-defined process
> in redelegation matters. The cases of .kz and .iq show that ICANN caves in
> to governmental pressures. These cases go beyond anything demanded even by
> the most recent set of 'GAC Principles'.

I agree with you provided that the article on the register is correct. 
Can anyone of the ICANN insiders confirm Kieren's statements?
> Siavash
>>David Allen ha scritto:
>>>Re the re-delegation of the Kazakhstan ccTLD, which has now shut down
>>>a comic's website:  "Why? The president of the [newly appropriated
>>>Kazakh ccTLD manager] said it was so the comic 'can't bad-mouth
>>>Kazakhstan under the .kz domain name'. If you want an example of
>>>government-owned and run censorship on the internet, you'll be hard
>>>pushed to find a clearer example."
>>>According to the story, this change was made in aid of the US Iraq
>>>adventure.  Yes, there is the bit that ICANN still retains some
>>>'judgment.'  But it appears that even if the supplicant is a
>>>strongman state, if it is still providing bases for Afghan operations
>>Do you think it is ICANN's role to judge whether a government is
>>democratic or not, and deny governments access to their country's TLD if
>>ICANN thinks they are not democratic?
>>>McCarthy says in effect, the US government has handed censorship of
>>>the net to other governments of the world.
>>I'm sorry, but while I would like the Internet not to be censored at
>>all, I prefer the Kazakh TLD to be censored by the Kazakh government,
>>rather than by the US government.
>>After all, if each TLD is policed by a different government, you can try
>>to pick the TLD whose policies you like more - something you can't do if
>>a single government controls the entire DNS.
>>vb.             [Vittorio Bertola - v.bertola [a] bertola.eu.org]<-----
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