Feeds

France frostily foists flat fizz fear on ICANN's .wine plans

Vintners - and Steelie Neelie - whine over sour grapes

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

ICANN50 Wine vendors are fighting against ICANN's plans to introduce .wine and .vin top level domain names.

During a packed government advisory meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in London on Monday morning, France's minister for digital affairs Axelle Lemaire told delegates that her country was opposed to assigning new global top level domains (gTLDs) to wine.

She argued that such a move could threaten France's desire to "preserve the cultural diversity" in the country which has various regions well-known for their production of wine, most famously champagne.

"ICANN cannot ignore public interest," Lemaire said. "ICANN will be defending a commercial position that is only promoted and defended by some players at some other international instances."

The minister's comments received warm applause from the audience.

Brussels' unelected digital czar "Steelie" Neelie Kroes, who was also present at the high-level talks this morning, said that ICANN had to recognise that "progress on accountability is key."

She added: "You have to take account of the public interest. Dot-wine is one but others are equally important for other regions."

Lemaire urged other governments at the meeting to delay progress with .vin and .wine gTLDs. The politco added that ICANN could help end the wine row by listening to other voices and the business community.

France has also been lobbying other countries that are famed for their wine production - such as Australia and South Africa - to ask them to support French opposition to the domain name plan.

Concerns about miscreants selling fake fizz using a top-level domain suffix like .champagne is one of the main reasons why the French government has mounted such a strong opposition to ICANN's plans.

In a press conference, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade joked with reporters that "wine is serious. We all like wine."

He added in response to France's complaints about .vino and .wine: "I think that their concern about this gTLD and other gTLDs is warranted and there are mechanisms they can pursue."

Chehade said: "We all get frustrated sometimes when we don't get the conclusions we want." ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.