Failures

by Mike Masnick


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domain names, domain seizures, legality, seizures

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Rather Than Speaking Out Against Domain Seizures, ICANN Provides A 'How To' Manual

from the uh,-bad-decision dept

A couple weeks ago, we noted that with all of these questionable domain seizures going on, it was a shame that ICANN wasn't speaking out against such questionable abuses of the domain system. We thought its silence was a sign of its impotence to actually take a stand. Turns out we may have actually overestimated ICANN's willingness to stand up for the internet. You see, late last week it put out a "Thought Paper on Domain Seizures and Takedowns."

By "thought paper" -- they actually mean an instruction manual.

Seriously. The document is basically a step-by-step guide for government officials on how to seize, takedown and censor websites. It has sections like "guide for preparing domain name orders, seizures & takedowns" and "checklist of information to submit with a legal or regulatory action." This is exactly the opposite of what ICANN should be doing if it believes in preserving the basic structure and principles of the internet. But given ICANN's general incompetence, is it really any surprise that it's ending up on the wrong side of this issue, too?

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Mar 2012 @ 11:02am

    ICANN are on the side they are being paid to be on. their instructions on how to better seize domains etc is a complete slap in the face, considering what anyone expects from them! however, another organisation showing how much it despises the public and favours corporations/governments/law enforcement, whether under 'encouragement' or not, is not surprising!

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