Following a series of concerns expressed by Colombia and other countries in the Amazon basin, the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN) took the decision to set the final steps for the Amazon States and the American company Amazon.com to reach an agreement on the use of the first level domain ‘.amazon’, which was requested since 2012 by the internet company. In the same determination, the Board of Directors reserved the right to adopt a final decision in case of no agreement between the parties.
According to MinTIC, Colombia & other Amazon countries seek dialogue with Amazon.com to reach a joint solution.
The decision, adopted during the 64th ICANN meeting held in the city of Kobe, Japan, is an important step in the search for a solution that takes into account the interests and fundamental principles that have been presented by the Amazonian countries.
Specifically, the Colombian government stated through its MinTIC (Ministry of Technologies of Information and Communications) delegates said in a statement: “from the beginning there has been a firm rejection of any pretense of appropriation by third parties, of the geographical names of the states, without their due consent and without taking into account the right that they must have to participate in the governance of the domain ‘.amazon “.
Likewise, Colombia expressed its expectation that the final decision of the ICANN Board will take into account the opinion of the states involved and become a fundamental precedent of the Internet governance scheme, preserving the interest of the multiple stakeholders – governments, industries and civil society- in the development of, in words of MinTIC: “a safe, innovative and efficient global network.”
From this moment, said the MinTIC statement, the Amazonian countries and the corporation ‘Amazon Inc.’, will evaluate all the available options so that the interests of the Amazonian countries on the protection of intangible, cultural and environmental heritage, as well as their right to participate in the domain governance, are taken into account in the search for a mutually acceptable solution.
“In this way, Colombia has expressed its willingness to resume the dialogue in a serious and constructive manner, through a process that provides the greatest guarantees for the interests of the Amazonian countries.”
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