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    Minor Memos Bits: Roberts Rules of Wisdom, and More
    posted by michael on Friday April 13 2001, @03:58AM

    From the news: Mike Roberts shares his lessons learned from ICANN (health warning: don't be swallowing anything when you read the first one). Plus, .edu plans to expand to community colleges, and a nice look at the Canadian government's potentially successful attempt to use the UDRP to acquire some .com domain names.

    Roberts Rules of Wisdom
    Washington Telecom Newswire (subscription only?) carries a report that ex-ICANN CEO Mike Roberts spoke at the recent Educause Networking 2001 conference, coincidentally held the day the US Department of Commerce announced Educause would get the .edu TLD in a no-compete, no-notice deal. Mr. Roberts shared four lessons he said ICANN taught him with the crowd:
    1. "Don't get carried away by excessive altruism."
    2. "Don't start anything without some money in the bank," and he "rue[d] the day" he had believed a group of inside-the-Beltway businessmen who promised they would raise $1 million in a short time.
    3. "Get on-message early," something he said ICANN hasn't yet been able to do.
    4. "Don't let others completely control your agenda." In other circumstances, he said, the ICANN board probably wouldn't have let the Dept. of Commerce (DoC) dictate that it confine its work only to cleaning up other people's problems.

    Community Colleges to Join .edu
    More news about Educase from David McGuire in Newsbytes, who reports that the new .edu manager says it plans to move fast to open the TLD to community (less-than-four-year) colleges.

    Oh, Canada...
    Also in the news, Steven Bonisteel presents a balanced report in Newsbytes on an attempt by the Canadian government to use the UDRP to acquire the .com version of names of various government departments that were registered by a Canadian citizen. Small problem: it's unclear whether the government has a trademark on the names, which is a prerequisite for invoking (or winning) under the UDRP. Big problem: some arbitrators at WIPO will find for plaintiffs without worrying about such messy details.

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