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    Budget and Expenditures Follow the money (or lack thereof)
    posted by tbyfield on Wednesday November 21 2001, @05:55PM

    CNN, summarizing an interview with ICANN CEO Stuart Lynn, says "the organization ... has no plans to go beyond" the seven new TLDs it approved last year. Granted, the summary loses some of the nuance of Lynn's own words; but still, the prospect raises a very interesting question...

    Prior to its discovery that charging $50,000 per TLD application was a lucrative business, ICANN spent quite a bit of time destabilizing DNS by groping after every source of cash they imagined came their way -- for example, ccTLDs. So if they put an end to the new TLD process, what other revenue streams do they have in the works?

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    Re: Follow the money (or lack thereof)
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday November 21 2001, @10:27PM (#3830)
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    The ComputerWorld article from which the CNN article derives is available here (the additional ICANN links in the right sidebar are also worth reading). The ComputerWorld Q and A includes such additional thoughts of Chairman Lynn as:
    Q: Do alternate DNS roots pose a security risk?

    A: Absolutely.

    Note well, the question was about security, not stability.

    As for revenue, with the CEO making clear there won't be any new TLDs any time soon, which yer resident net prophet telegraphed over a month ago (he said smugly), this will increase the value of ccTLDs. ICANN will continue its incremental steps to control them (see the November 21 ICANNBlog). Some national governments will also see their ccTLDs as a source of control, and/or revenue and come onside. ICANN has played the USG for fools to date, now they're taking it global. They must be at a point where they feel they have to go head to head with some of the recalcitrant ccTLD managers, and the .au agreement if used as a precedent could make for some serious headbanging. The artificial scarcity will also lead to other cashflows, witness the registrar auctions of expiring names for example, and no doubt some of this will find its way to ICANN. Those who don't like this New World Odor are free to announce they'd rather ally themselves with alt root security risks. In other words, if the ccTLDs ever again mention the nuclear option of taking their balls and going home it will be considered positively un-American and dealt with accordingly.

    And to answer the point raised elsewhere on this thread about the existence/whereabouts of a New TLD Committee, this interview done pre-MdR2k1 shows that Stuart already has that dialed in. They'll report in a couple of months (about a decision they haven't reached yet according to its Chair who has also just announced its decision already; if this doesn't make any sense, think ALSC or various working groups amongst many ICANN examples of prior apparently magical predictions that come true). That should be just in time for an ExCommittee meeting of the BoD to deal with it. Surely this must be open transparency's finest hour. -g

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