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ICANN’s core principles and the expansion of generic top-level domain names

Easton, Catherine (2012) ICANN’s core principles and the expansion of generic top-level domain names. International Journal of Law and Information Technology, 20 (4). pp. 273-290. ISSN 0967-0769

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Abstract

ICANN is a self-regulatory body that oversees the registration of domain names and coordinates Internet protocol addresses. As a multi-stakeholder body with significant influence over the root of the Internet, ICANN’s role is crucial in order to maintain its stability and interoperability. From January 2012, a call for Expressions of Interest in the registration and running of generic top-level (g-TLD) domain names was opened. This process allows an applicant to self-select a g-TLD and then be responsible for registering second-level domain names. The initiative represents a significant expansion of available g-TLDs, which could potentially lead to an increase in cybersquatting. It also hands the power to register second-level domain names to a wider pool of registries. This is a pivotal point in ICANN’s development and how it manages the expansion will either highlight the strengths or expose the flaws in the nature of multi-stakeholder Internet governance. This article seeks to analyse the initiative to expand g-TLDs in relation to a number of ICANN’s initial core aims: stability, competition and private, bottom-up coordination.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Law and Information Technology
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICANN ; domain names ; g-TLDs ; Internet ; self-regulation
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
ID Code: 58969
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2012 13:59
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 12:43
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58969

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