(No.118) Law Enforcement via Domain Names: Caveats to DNS Neutrality
November 8, 2012, 11:00-12:30; Room 1
We had a multi-stakeholder panel, with ccTLD managers, academics and civil society activities. It
was also geo-graphically diversified panel with panelists from Brazil, Russia, India, China and
France. So we called it BRIC+ discussion.
The Panel primarily talked about how Internet domain names and IP addresses are growingly
being used for legal enforcement purposes, such as anti-piracy and counterfeit, anti-cyber-crimes,
anti-pornography and IPR protection, in many jurisdictions.
Under the law enforcement measures, a domain names may be ceased resolving, redirected to a new location (i.e. legal warning page from authority) or transferred to another party. The Panel compared the respective laws, policies and practices in Brazil, Russia, India and China with respect to DNS filtering. The Panel noted that the study on DNS filtering in ccTLD name space is underdeveloped and much needed. Although most ccTLDs in these countries don’t making content filtering policy or take down or filter domain names by themselves, they would definitely enforce the decisions from domestic public authorities (i.e. court orders and/or administrative decisions). Some ccTLD would even fast track the law enforcement requests from foreign authorities.