As ICANN wrapped up its meeting in Wellington, New Zealand as more and more people start to realize that Internet governance issues go beyond technical issues. One of the main concerns raised is the length of time it takes to establish new domains on the Internet, such as adding to the already existing domain name extensions, with new domain names such as such as .biz or .info. Another issue of concern is why multilingual domain names have yet to be established as it will allow people to register domain names in their native language. Not surprisingly, this is especially an issue with developing countries where English is not the first language.
Governments are especially becoming more concerned, mainly about their own national country-code top-level domains such as .sg (for Singapore), while free-speech advocates are worried about how existing policy has been used to shut down legitimate criticism websites.
Other parties such as the Canadian Internet Registration Authority has published an open letter asking ICANN to implement greater accountability, transparency, and fair processes. Unless action is taken on these issues, it has threatened to suspend payment of thousands of dollars in contributions and cease consideration of a new contractual agreement with the organization and to stop hosting ICANN related events.