26 October 2012: Big news! The official website of the ICANN Independent Objector is now online. Another piece of good news announced at the same time is that the site will also offer a French version, which was under construction at the time. More than a month later, the French version is still under construction. Do we have to wait for eternity?
While this situation may not seem critically important on the surface, it must in fact be taken very seriously because it is symptomatic of a far deeper problem: it means that there is no equal opportunity for English- and non-English speaking candidates to obtain a new generic top-level domain name. In the recent past, ICANN has demonstrated that it is not insensitive to this "lack of opportunity due to lack of understanding", and we appreciate this (its new website is available in the six official languages of the United Nations).
We urge you, ICANN, not to relent in your efforts in this crucial area. We urge you to keep your promises to publish versions in languages other than English, and always to abide by the two guiding principles underlying your multilingual Web policy: to ensure that the translations of the English versions are of high quality and to publish them (virtually) simultaneously with the English versions. By making us wait more than a month for a French version that should have taken less than a couple of days to prepare, you are exposing yourselves to...serious objections from independent objectors.
Web site of the Independent Objector.
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