Public Comments Require Changes in ICANN new gTLD Policy by Milton Mueller

Milton Mueller comments on the submissions on ICANN’s proposed new gTLD policy. Milton notes “the comments reflect overwhelming opposition to the Council’s attempt to impose a standard of ‘morality and public order’ on new TLD strings. The vast majority of comments — about 60 of the 75 or so comments — criticized the policy of censoring TLD strings and asked ICANN to stick to technical and operational criteria.” Milton says “It is unfortunate that the effort to create a process for adding new gTLDs will be slowed as the policy must be redrafted to take this opposition into account.” Milton also notes there was “significant opposition to Recommendation 19” from Michael Palage, a domain name registrar from China and a representative of CNNIC.

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