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Save the Children
Community Objection Ground
Comment Submission Date:1 August 2012 at 13:57:59 UTC
It has come to our attention that in the context of the new gTLD programme, four applications have been submitted to ICANN for the Top Level Domain “.health”. The public should be able to rely, in particular, that the operators of “.health” are trusted entities which operate these gTLDs in the interest of global public health, and are capable of ensuring that the attribution of any sub domain meets certain baseline conditions which protect public health. These conditions include for example banning the illegal sale of medicines, preserving the confidentiality of patient information, and enforcing consumer protection during the collection, storage, use and exchange of data online.
The health Internet is a vital means of health information access worldwide. Thus, “.health” and health related top level domains should be trusted and reliable resources which take the public interest into account and are based on broad-based, multi-stakeholder consensus. In this regard, it is particularly worrying that the current applicants intend to sell the “.health” gTLD on a ‘first-come, first-served’, wholesale and auction basis, placing private interests ahead of the public interest.
We urge ICANN to postpone the assignment of “.health” until such time as following broad-based consultation of the health community, including the public and private sectors, adequate baseline conditions for their operation are elaborated and their implementation and observance is ensured.
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