Apr 5, 2019
The nations of the Amazon want the name back
This is the battle of the Amazon and it starts back in 2012. The governments of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela - all members of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization - say that relinquishing the domain exclusively to Amazon could impact on matters of their sovereignty. Each country in turn would be entitled to use domains which relate to their cultural heritage - imagine Amazon nations coming together to promote the region under the "Tourism.amazon" domain, for example. Crucially, the countries want to establish a committee in which both Amazon and the eight countries would have the opportunity to object to new top-level domains in the future. So if Amazon and the eight nations don't reach agreement before the deadline, ICANN has a very difficult decision to make - one that might end up pleasing no-one.
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