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    .org Old Internet Thinking RIP
    posted by michael on Friday August 30 2002, @07:13AM

    Carl Malamud, one of the sponsors of the IMS proposal for .org, has posted his response to ICANN's tentative decision to give .org to an as yet non-existent body to be created somehow or other by its good friends at ISOC. The essay demonstrates why IMS's hopes, and the rest of us probably, are doomed.

    See, the problem is that Malamud's entire essay is consumed with irrelevant Old Internet considerations like running code, technical merit, and whether it makes sense to evaluate a program without ever looking at it. This IETF-style approach to the problem of finding reasonable solutions to problems has no place in the Brave New Internet of today where expensive consulting firms decide that proposals produced by expensive consulting firms have the most merit, where merit is defined as producing familiar-looking paper. Only a dinosaur would have failed to notice that "the ICANN .ORG review mechanism literally restates the ICANN new open gTLD contract award order.". Only an ostrich would fail to see that ICANN has learned nothing and forgotten nothing from the gTLD rollout debacle. Recall that mere factual errors were no reason to upset the gTLD allocations.

    Read Malamud's essay. Don't miss the Grrrrrreat slides. Weep or gnash your teeth. There's not much else you can do now that the ICANN Board is preparing to undermine just about every form of outside accountability that might be brought to bear on it.

    It is possible to argue that ISOC will do a perfectly competent job on .org. It just won't have the lowest prices. And, if Malamud is to be believed (I am not competent to judge, but he is), it won't have the best technology. And it certainly won't do anything to increase competition in the market for providers of registry services. But you can't have everything, can you? And no doubt we'll have the comfort of knowing that .org is in safe and familiar hands as soon as ISOC actually gets around to telling us who will be involved in running this new corporation they are planning to set up Real Soon Now.

    I'd feel somewhat less bad about that argument if ICANN would release the data that might back it up. Unless of course the data show something else. Assuming it exists.

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    Re: Old Internet Thinking RIP
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Friday August 30 2002, @07:40AM (#8796)
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    I'm certain that someone will blame me for bringing up the same topic again, but in my research of the past 9 months that I've been consulting on this topic, it comes up time and again.

    In this case, the topic takes the form of the realisation that IMC was treated in the same way as Image Online Design. In both cases they had sound technical plans and followed, as Michael says, the IETF tradition of showing good technical judgement, stable business plans, and an application with obvious merit. In both cases, they were passed over for an incumbant concern with less than desirable technical plans, no business model to speak of, and numerous blank holes in their application maked 'to be determined later'.

    It seems that once again ICANN ignores the pioneers with the experience and standing and gives the contract to the applicant who has the most inside ties.

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    This is probably a petty gripe, but...
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday August 30 2002, @08:13AM (#8800)
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    in the essay, where he cites an ICANNWatch article, he links to it using the icannwatch.com address, instead of the icannwatch.org address that is preferred by the people who run the (noncommercial) site itself. This use of .org vs. .com for sites like this is one of the things that figures in my personal assessment of Cluefulness Quotient (CQ) of people or institutions. The less clueful types tend to type in .com for everything, whether commercial or not. Now, do you want somebody of that ilk to be in charge of managing the .org domain?
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