FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen in the company’s logistics centre in Boves, France, 13 May 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
LIMA (reuters) – The presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia, criticism of a recent decision of the organization that manages internet protocol to provide the global retailer Amazon Inc the rights .amazon domain.
Amazon Inc. is looking for the exclusive rights .amazon domain name since 2012. But the Amazonian countries, including Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia – have argued that it refers to the geographical region and should not be the monopoly of one company.
The four leaders – Peru Martin Vizcarra, Colombia’s Ivan Duque, Ecuador Lenin Moreno and Bolivia, Evo Morales – vowed to join forces to protect their countries from what they described as inadequate governance of the internet.
Last week, the global Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees internet addresses, said he decided to proceed with the designation requested by Amazon Inc in anticipation of a period of 30 days of public comment.
The decision sets “a serious precedent by prioritizing its own commercial interests above the considerations of state public policy, the rights of the indigenous population and the preservation of the Amazon,” Vizcarra, Duque, Moreno, and Morales said in a joint statement on Sunday after a meeting in Lima from the Andean Community regional block.
They added that the Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed in 2013 to reject any attempt to use the Amazon name or any other name that refers to the geography, the history, the culture or the nature without the consent of the countries in the region.
Brazil, home to the largest swath of the Amazon rainforest, has also regretted the decision of ICANN.
Amazon.com not immediately respond to requests for comment outside normal working hours.
Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Susan Thomas