Code & Conduit Podcast: Holding ICANN Accountable

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Critics of the U.S. government’s decision to give up oversight of internet technical functions were worried that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the domain name system, wouldn’t be accountable enough to domain applicants and the internet community.

Lack of predictability has been the main concern with ICANN’s domain application process, Flip Petillion, a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP in Brussels and co-chair of the firm's top-level domain and domain name practice, told Bloomberg BNA in the latest episode of our Code & Conduit podcast. Petillion said independent panels have rendered conflicting decisions over whether domains such as .car and .cars are confusingly similar.

“Although ICANN has reacted positively in response to certain individual complaints regarding inconsistent determinations on string confusion, it has failed to address the underlying reason for the inconsistencies in the determinations and it has refused to intervene in the majority of cases,” Petillion said.

Tune in to hear Petillion discuss the steps ICANN has taken since the oversight transition to address these concerns and some of the remaining challenges.

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