More than Words: The Introduction of Internationalised Domain Names and the Reform of Generic Top-Level Domains at ICANN
International Journal of Law & Information Technology, Vol. 18, pp. 274-300, 2010
University of East Anglia Law School Working Paper No. 2010-DMS-2
35 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2010
Date Written: June 1, 2010
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is assessed in this paper as having a special role in the development of the law of new media, recognising both the importance of its management of the global domain name system and how questions of institutional legitimacy have highlighted the lack of agreement on the role of law in the governance of the global Internet. In order to underline how ICANN's work relates to the regulation of the Internet and new media in particular., two particular issues are considered, both of which have been the subject of major announcements in 2009: (1) the facilitation of Internet multilingualism through internationalised domain names (IDNs) and (2) an attempt to expand the generic top-level domain (gTLD) system including prospect of dedicated gTLDs such as .xxx. In the case of internationalisation, it is argued that the question of internationalised domain names is best understood through its relation to historical processes of engagement between law, language and technology.
Keywords: ICANN, Domain Names, Language, Cyberlaw
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