Could ICANN restrict the Qatar gTLD if commanded?


On Monday, the Saudi Press Agency released a statement accusing Qatar of “harboring a multitude of terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to create instability in the region”.

Arab nations are cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, so perhaps ICANN could extend these measures in the digital realm as well.

In a world where the physical and the digital crossover, domain names sustain online activities that might be posing a risk to national and international security.

As of 2011, ictQatar operates dot .Qatar, the Qatar-specific Arabic Internet domain names; ICANN has the ability to impose sanctions on the gTLD if necessary, unlike the national Qatari ccTLD, dot .QA.

The real question is, would bureaucratic ICANN do it?

With state-sponsored terrorism becoming a hot issue worldwide, we are bound to see sanctions imposed against both the physical and the digital assets of nations that embrace such inhumane activities.

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