Changing tides at ICANN

By Brian Winterfeldt, Phil Marano and David Rome

Amazon’s recent successful independent review panel decision with regard to the ‘.amazon’ gTLD could have a significant effect on ICANN governance

An independent review panel (IRP) has ordered the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) board to reevaluate its decision to refuse applications by Amazon EU SARL to operate three eponymous ‘.brand’ top-level domains (TLDs). The decision could have a lasting impact on how ICANN’s constituent bodies – including the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) – articulate and effectuate policy in the domain name system (DNS).

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