Power-Grab: ICANN to Become Internet’s "Word Police" (NCUC news release)

This news release from ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) results from a proposal they submitted to “protect freedom of expression and innovation in the introduction of new” gTLDs. The news release notes the NCUC is troubled by the GNSO’s draft recommendation “to create string selection criteria that would prevent the registration of a new gTLD string that contains a controversial word or idea. In the 13 February 2007 GNSO draft report, proposed Term of Reference 2(v) of the string criteria states that ‘the string should not be contrary to public policy (as set out in advice from the Governmental Advisory Committee)’.”

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