[New gTLD RG] [GTLD-WG] Additional .AMAZON Issue

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Mon May 20 21:51:41 UTC 2013

Sure its not a Greek warrior?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazons

Dev Anand

On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM, Garth Bruen <gbruen at knujon.com> wrote:

> Dear New gTLD RG Chair and members,
> I realize the horse has left the barn on this issue but feel the need to
> bring this issue to everyone's attention as it is something which just
> recently occurred.
> Amazon is releasing digital currency called an "Amazon Coin" which features
> two iconic images on it: 1. A native Amazonian "Indian" and 2: The outline
> of South America's east coast, see:
> http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/amazon-introduces-amazon-coins-virtual-curr
> ency-buying-apps/story?id=19170199. By using these images Amazon(the
> company) is clearly "marking its territory" beyond simply being an online
> shop.
> This leaves me wondering about the criteria used to reject the community
> objection since many Amazonian peoples are "off the grid", see:
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2007528/Brazil-confirms-lost-Amazon-
> tribe-goes-missing-drug-gang-attack.html. Has ICANN done enough (or
> anything) to reach these people? These are obviously cultures under threat
> for various reasons, now a new gTLD operator literally wants to "print
> money" with their name and imagery?
> I for one find this troubling. If Amazon chose some other icon for their
> Coin, it probably would not be an issue.
> Looking for thoughts on the issue.
> Thanks, Garth
> -------------------------------------
> Garth Bruen
> gbruen at knujon.com
> Chair of ICANN At-Large North America (naralo.org)
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