The Battle for the Critical Internet Resources: South America vs. Amazon

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Patricia Adriana Vargas Leon

Syracuse University; Yale University - Yale Information Society Project

Andreas Kuehn

Syracuse University, School of Information Studies; Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation; EastWest Institute, Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This paper is an early attempt to analyze the controversy about the allocation of critical Internet resources, generated by ICANN’s new gTLD program. This paper presents the preliminary findings of the AMAZON case, a contested prime example in ICANN’s effort to extend the Internet’s name space. The analysis covers the argumentations of the major stakeholders involved, Amazon, Inc. on one side, and the South American governments on the other, but also examines ICANN’s role as administrator of the TLD. However, at the core of this paper there is a dichotomy to analyze: 1) the right of a private entity to assert a brand that it has used for the last 19 years as a new gTLD, and 2) the public interest of the Latin American people to preserve a name that reinforces the preservation of the Amazon region, and which has been used for the last 500 years.

Keywords: GigaNet

Suggested Citation

Vargas Leon, Patricia Adriana and Kuehn, Andreas, The Battle for the Critical Internet Resources: South America vs. Amazon (2014). GigaNet: Global Internet Governance Academic Network, Annual Symposium 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2809871 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2809871

Patricia Adriana Vargas Leon (Contact Author)

Syracuse University ( email )

Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Yale University - Yale Information Society Project ( email )

127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

Andreas Kuehn

Syracuse University, School of Information Studies ( email )

Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

EastWest Institute, Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative

New York, NY 10017
United States

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