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France attacks ICANN as unfit for internet governance

26
Jun
2014

France strongly attacked the US-based body that assigns internet addresses on Wednesday, saying it was not a fit venue for internet governance and that alternatives should be sought. On Wednesday France failed in a bid to freeze the assigning of the domains, which it believes should be restricted to protect trade agreements on region-specific products like champagne. ICANNs procedures highlight its inability to take into account the legitimate concerns of states, the French delegation to ICANNs 50th meeting, taking place in London, said in a statement. Today ICANN is not the appropriate forum to discuss Internet governance.

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