[At-Large] UA asking ICANN to introduce sanctions targeting Russian Federation’s access to the Internet: nabok at thedigital.gov.ua to ICANN: "Ukraine urgently need ICANN's support"

Glenn McKnight mcknight.glenn at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 01:22:09 UTC 2022

*CENTR, the association of European domain registries, has kicked out the
Russian ccTLD operator due to the war in Ukraine.*
Glenn McKnight, MA
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On Tue, 1 Mar 2022 at 18:02, Barry Shein via At-Large <
at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org> wrote:

> One problem is that although ICANN may have the means (basically, the
> passwords, literally or metaphorically) to remove a ccTLD it's not
> clear they have the authority. I would think at the very least the UN,
> the maintainers of ISO3166, would have to request this. Similar for
> the other requests and other authorities.
> I'm not sure that the ICANN GAC representative from Ukraine has the
> authority to request this except inasmuch as I suppose anyone can
> request removal of a ccTLD, IP allocations, etc. But as an official
> representative of their country.
> How would we know if someone higher up in Ukrainian authority,
> Zelensky for example, would think this a terrible idea? Perhaps for
> reasons you won't think of off the top of your heads.
> For example it would also potentially silence any voice of resistance
> from within Russia.
> Marby et al no doubt are well aware of all this and pursuing such
> questions, but for discussion's sake.
> Finally this is that mind's eye view of the internet.
> As if there's a big red SHUT THEM OFF button and one merely has to
> urge someone within reach of that button to just push it. It's endemic
> to many such emotional appeals.
> It's more like shutting off someone's cell phone and imagining they no
> longer will be able to make any phone calls.
> OTOH I do get the potential symbolic value, even if it's not
> operationally perfect.
> --
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