Uniregistry issued a press release today asking for a Domain Name ‘Bill of Rights’ “to guarantee every domain name owner a formal “due process” when being faced with accusations and demands for censorship.”
Is this directed to ICANN? What do you think?
The press release feels a bid odd to me…
Here is the complete press release:
Uniregistry, the world-renowned domain name registration company called today for the creation of a domain name “Bill of Rights” to guarantee every domain name owner a formal “due process” when being faced with accusations and demands for censorship.
Such a bill would be an effort to bring assurances to domain name owners around the world that they would not lose their platform to speak – their domain name – without due process and an appropriate investigation defined by clear guidelines and the rule of law.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has recently called for a new social contract to guarantee an Internet that is safe and accessible for all. A Domain Bill of Rights would be an indispensable part of such a contract.
“Uniregistry is diverse company whose culture is built on the ideology of one planet + one people and we reject hatred, bigotry and discrimination in any shape or form. We also believe strongly in the importance of free speech and expression as an inalienable human right. History has proven time and time again that these ideologies will inevitably clash. In keeping with Sir Berners-Lee’s call for a ‘Magna Carta for the web’, we would urge a Bill of Rights to provide clarity and assurances to domain registrants around the world. At Uniregistry, our mission is to provide a domain name to every global citizen and we believe the introduction of a domain name “Bill of Rights’ would bring us one step closer to that vision, explains Kanchan Mhatre, Chief Operating Officer at Uniregistry.