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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) Making Policy by Solicitation: The Outsourcing of .us 
    posted by michael on Wednesday July 18 2001, @03:08PM

    Brian Kahin has written an excellent critique of the .us solicitation called Making Policy by Solicitation: The Outsourcing of .us . I think this is a must-read if you care about US domain name policy; non-US readers may want to look at it in order to feel better about their goverments, few if any of which would do something like this. In a measured tone Prof. Kahin exposes the grave errors being committed by the Department of Commerce -- although whether they are sins of commission, or just an unusually complete failure to think things through, might, maybe, be open to debate. Update: Official HTML and .pdf versions.

    In addition to cataloguing the flaws in the .us proposal - the giveaway, the perverse incentives for the winning bidder, the policy issues, the ICANN-related issues, Prof. Kahin points out the interesting ways in which this solicitation appears to require inside knowledge of how .us has worked for the past years -- information that only VeriSign has. Could this deal be rigged?

    Whether or not you agree with every word here, and I don't necessarily, I think this essay does hit one critical point perfectly: making "policy by solicitation" is not only underhanded, but is an excuse to avoid doing any hard thinking.

    There ought to be a law against the government acting in this manner. There may even be. But even if there isn't, there's no excuse for this slapdash, underhanded, and pretty boneheaded, policy.

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    Re: Making Policy by Solicitation: The Outsourcing
    by Buckshot6 on Wednesday July 18 2001, @05:00PM (#1442)
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    I don't agree with every word here. The solicitation has pointers to how the .us has operated. A little research into the .us is not that hard. Granted, Versign has had control of .us for two years, I don't think they will be the shoe in winner. The solicitation points out that there will be front end costs. These will cut the small players.

    Some of the (Registrars) possible bidders have their own baggage that will work against them.

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    Re: Making Policy by Solicitation: The Outsourcing
    by cdurrett on Thursday July 19 2001, @06:34AM (#1445)
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    Given the recent Adobe actions could you produce the document in something like .html? I can no longer handle .pdf on any of my machines.
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