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DNS: Will World Governments be Able to Veto Your Domain Name?

Feb 10, 2011, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laura Stotler)

"ICANN's recent initiative to expand the pool of top-level domain names has sparked speculation about how much veto power the U.S. and other governments will have over proposed TLDs as well as all Internet addresses in general.

"The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has proposed veto power for all governments against applications for the new TLDs. In fact, the NTIA is asking for the power to object to any proposed Internet address for any reason.

"With over 100 TLD applications expected to be made at ICANN's three-day conference in San Francisco next month, the sky's the limit on which names will be proposed. While names like .health, .car, .web and .nyc are already on the roster, the government has expressed disapproval about more controversial names."

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