ICANN Confirms That It’s Going To Make It Easier For Governments To Seize Domains Around The Globe
(TECH DIRT) This just gets worse and worse. After pointing out that ICANN was missing a big (and important) opportunity by not speaking out against governments seizing domain names, we were disappointed to see ICANN release a white paper that was more of a how-to manual for governments on seizing domains. Now, Paul Keating points us to the depressing news that ICANN is now publicly saying that it will work more closely with governments around the world to help them seize and censor domains. The writeup is a little vague, but it says that seizing domains for copyright infringement was a “hot topic” at ICANN’s recent meeting — including promises from ICANN that it would work more closely with law enforcement around the globe and the various registrars to help law enforcement be more effective in censoring these websites. This is really unfortunate and once again highlights ICANN’s uselessness in protecting the internet. Instead, it appears to be actively working against basic internet principles.