ICANN denies Ukraine’s request to kick Russia off the internet2022-03-03 17:18 by Daniela
On Monday, the Ukrainian government sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, the US-based nonprofit organization that manages the distribution of internet domain names. The letter, which is addressed to ICANN president and CEO Goran Marby, effectively demands that the organization suspend Russia from the internet's domain registry system - specifically asking that it "permanently or temporarily" revoke top-level domains (TLDs) issued to the Russian Federation, including .ru, .рф, and .su.
On Wednesday, ICANN rejected the request. ICANN President Göran Marby told the Ukrainian government his organization had no authority to enact such a request.
Ukraine's proposal is neither technically feasible nor within the mission of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, according to a letter ICANN sent to Ukrainian officials on Wednesday.
"Our mission does not extend to taking punitive actions, issuing sanctions, or restricting access against segments of the internet - regardless of the provocations," he wrote in a letter to Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov.
Fedorov has yet to respond to the denial. But for days now, he’s been urging all tech companies, including gaming developers, to shun the Russian market in the hopes it'll pressure the Kremlin to call off the invasion.
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