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    gTLDs hoping to enter the legacy root Nomad airs .aero reservations
    posted by michael on Saturday November 17 2001, @01:45PM

    fnord writes "Edward Hasbrouck, a travel writer known as The Practical Nomad, has written a letter to the ICANN BoD (copied to ICANN's Forum and the ALSC list [and to ICANNWatch -mf]) expressing concerns about who will be allowed to register within the sponsored and restricted .aero gTLD, and what they will be allowed to say once they get there. He asks the BoD not to sign the agreement in its present (amended from its original) form. The letter cogently pins down numerous issues that are at the heart of ICANN, one being that the gTLD will be controlled by corporate interests who will suppress dissenting opinions. Hmmm, does that sound like something ICANN would countenance?"

    This may all just be scaremongering, it is possible that Mr. Hasbrouck, if not others, fits the profile of allowed registrants as a member of the aviation media. On the other hand, the last sentence gives reason for concern. The list of types of allowable registrants may not be extended unless:

    ICANN expressly consents to the extension in writing (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld)
    Not only is there not a definition of what might constitute unreasonable, why should ICANN have any say over who may or may not register in a sponsored and restricted TLD? Shouldn't that be up to the sponsor? What on earth (or in the sky) does the type of registrant of a second or lower level domain have to do with technical oversight of the DNS? This is ICANN mission creep writ large.

    Those who took in the recently completed 2001 Annual Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors can be forgiven for assuming that the worst was behind us regarding the rollout of new gTLDs. ICANN functionaries all but engaged in high fives and a group hug for a job well done after CEO M. Stuart Lynn reported that the process was very nearly complete. The assumption, seemingly correct given the .info and .biz multiple fiascos, was that the open TLDs would be the most problematic, and that once they were out of the way, we'd be home and dry.

    Not so fast. Attachment 21 of the proposed .aero agreement lists the reports required for ICANN's Proof of Concept, including those to prove:

    8. Concept: A Charter Eligibility Dispute Resolution Policy ("CEDRP") is an Effective Means to Enforce the sTLD Charter
    As with many other aspects of ICANN's inept and/or corrupt handling of the rollout of new gTLDs, this shows all the signs of turning out to be yet another disproof of concepts dreamed up by the ICANN staff. I've already expressed my concerns about the CEDRP here and elsewhere, and as the Practical Nomad perceptively points out, this will set a precedent for all future sponsored TLDs. There are those within ICANN who would happily try to control all content online if given half a chance. The ICANN Board's response, or lack of same, to this letter will show us if the reach of the control freaks exceeds their grasp. -g

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