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EFF Warns ICANN Not to Engage in Censorship, Says It Should Stick to Technical Role

EFF Warns ICANN Not to Engage in Censorship, Says It Should Stick to Technical Role Nov 02, 2017 8:52 AM PST Comments: 0 Views: 3,378

A series of articles published by EFF, coinciding with ICANN's 60th meeting in Abu Dhabi this week, Jeremy Malcolm warns that domain name registrars, registries and ICANN can become "free speech week leaks" for online censorship. He writes: "ICANN appears to have voluntarily taken on further responsibility for addressing 'abuse involving' domain names through its appointment this year of a Consumer Safeguards Director with a background in law enforcement. EFF attended and reported on the first webinar held by the new Director, in which he downplayed the significance of his role, stating that it does not carry any enforcement powers. Yet a draft report of ICANN's Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team recommends that strict new enforcement and reporting obligations should be made compulsory for any new top-level domains that ICANN adopts in the future. ICANN's Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) has explained why many of these recommendations would be unnecessary and harmful." ICANN should maintain its current limited role in the technical administration of a secure and stable domain name system, Malcolm says. ICANN "should not pick up the censor's pen."

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Oct 30, 2017 10:23 AM PST Views: 3,652 Internet Penetration in the Middle East has Tripled in the Past 8 Years, New Arabic Domains Credited

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Oct 30, 2017 8:27 AM PST Views: 3,311 Dell Loses Key Customer Support Domain Name for a Month, Site Exposed to Questionable Content

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has postponed plans to change the cryptographic key -- a critical step in updating protection measures for the Domain Name System (DNS). more

Sep 28, 2017 6:33 AM PST Views: 6,181 China Blocks WhatsApp, Says Messaging Service Should Stop Spread of "Illegal Information"

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Sep 18, 2017 7:39 AM PST Views: 4,553 China to Create National Cyberattack Database

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