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    .org .org Prelim Report demolished
    posted by tbyfield on Tuesday August 27 2002, @06:49PM

    Eric Brunner-Williams, whose impressive bio can be found in here (in the form of a "disclosure" besmirched mainly by its unfortunate context), has written a very polite and utterly damning assessment of ICANN's "org Reassignment: Preliminary Staff Report on Evaluation of the Proposals Reassignment of the .Org Registry." Better still, he does so in part by disposing of ICANN's one positive achievement to date, viz., rolling out new gTLDs: "stripped of all the persiflage," he says, "the ICANN .ORG review mechanism literally restates the ICANN new open gTLD contract award order." Brunner-Williams points out and/or acknowledges others' points, inter alia, that:
    • ISOC, despite its claims to the contrary, "is at risk of failure as a going concern" (or, as Aleck [Shelton] Johnson put it, "virtually bankrupt");
    • its back-end of choice, Afilias, is in the same boat, and therefore that "ISOC's selection of Afilias as operator is itself problematic";
    • some of the main "other bidders" -- which, to editorialize, are the increasingly inbred creatures of ICANN's manufacture of artificial scarcity -- are "similarly situated";
    • the technical evaluation of the SWITCH proposal is so anomalous that it can be "explained only by systemic error -- the actual marks being those of a different proposal";
    • and the bid assessments are demonstrably faulty because they "fail a basic quality control test" by rating "as both 'marginal' and as 'acceptable'" a technical proposal that is "common to two different bids."

    Best of all, giving the lie to ICANN boosters' mantra that critics never propose anything positive, Brunner-Williams goes on to (a) note that "there is no necessity for haste," and (b) present a series of very clear preferences about how a review process could and should have worked -- the implication being, of course, that it could yet do so. If ICANN were actually listening, that is. However, staff's rejection of recent DNSO recommendations suggest -- for the Nteenth time, as if the N-1 prior instances weren't enough -- that it isn't.

    As of this writing, three other comments on the preliminary report can be found here. It's worth noting that of the other three, only one elicits no agreement from Brunner-Williams -- that of Lynn St. Amour, president and CEO of ISOC. Brunner-Williams's other contributions to DNSO discussions can be found via Google.

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    Re: .org Prelim Report demolished
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday August 27 2002, @10:18PM (#8740)
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    And let us not forget Eric Brunner-Williams part in the apparently aborted Crispy-Crock ICANNWatch doppelganger ICANNFacts. Its front page can be compared to Kent Crispin's version of the at-large for bonus points. -g
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