Afilias successfully defends limited public interest objection against .health.
There were a couple firsts in the new top level domain name program today, all involving one objection.
An objection against .health was the first limited public interest objection to be decided, and also the first objection filed by the independent objector to meet its fate.
A three person panel found in the favor of .health applicant Afilias.
Limited Public Interest Objections were designed to to stop strings that are “contrary to general principles of international law for morality and public order”.
Independent Objector Professor Alain Pellet argued that health is “a crucial, existential need for each and every human being” and that .health should not be run by a private enterprise.
Pellet asked that, should Afilias get the domain name, the panel extend additional restrictions on how Afilias’ runs the domain name. The panel cannot do that. It can only decide if the objections succeeds or fails.
And it decided that Pellet failed to meet the burdens of winning a limited pubic interest objection.
Given the guidelines, this case always seemed to me like a throw-away case filed because the independent objector had to show something for his large budget. There are still four pending objections against .health applications.
You can read the full decision here (pdf).