ICANN slammed by governments for shambolic policies

Governmental Advisory Committee issues report labelling procedures ‘complex, lengthy, ambiguous’

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ICANN slammed by governments for shambolic policies The document openly condemned ICANN’s policies on two-letter second-level domains.
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 12, 2015

US-based Web domain administrator, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has come under fire from governments around the world over the organisation's level of bureaucracy, The Register reported.

The stinging indictment was issued in a report from ICANN's own Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The document decried "complex, lengthy and ambiguous" processes and openly condemned ICANN's policies on two-letter second-level domains, which are commonly reserved for country codes such as ".ae", ".de" and ".uk".

More than 500 new top-level domains are being added to the Internet and another 500 are to follow. According to The Register, an increasing number of Web registrars have called for the abolition of restrictions on two-letter domains, so that organisation would be able to , for example, register "ae.horse" or "uk.music".

But while the GAC report called for relaxation of some policies, some governments raised concerns over the policing of certain domains, where trust was implied by the name, to prevent disreputable organisations presenting themselves as trustworthy. The report listed 100 such domains, including ".dentist", ".kids", ".hospital", ".bank" and ".mortgage".

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