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    .org Time to Organize
    posted by michael on Wednesday October 02 2002, @10:53AM

    The IMS/ISC consortium has issued its Response to the Final .org Evaluation Report. This is must reading for anyone seriously engaged in ICANN (deckchairs, Titanic). The concluding section, which steps back and asks what ICANN (deckchairs, Titanic) is for, what ICANN should be doing, and whether either of these connects to what it actually does, are especially insightful.

    If ICANNWatch says (um, make that "when ICANNWatch said") this stuff ICANN (deckchairs, Titanic) ignores it, or attacks us for being destructive or having some hidden personal attention-getting agenda. When the people who built key DNS tools say it, we can hope ICANN (deckchairs, Titanic) will at least be polite before it ignores them.

    I originally titled this item "read it and weep", but decided that wasn't the right message. It may be that ICANN (deckchairs, Titanic) is too blind to do anything more than cancel elections because the ruling Party cannot win them in either North America or Europe, chuck out everyone who disagrees with it, make Board Squatters into Lifetime Directors, and generally bunker down. Or maybe, miracle of miracles, the putsch planned for the next ICANN (deckchairs, Titanic) meeting will actually lead to something positive. But if it doesn't, we'll be reading and quoting section six of this IMS/ISC paper for some time to come.

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    Re: Time to Organize -- around this?
    by pindar on Wednesday October 02 2002, @03:34PM (#9504)
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    CCTLDs admins, in particular, should be aware of


    kick the tires today and think of the possibilities ;)

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    Re: Time to Organize
    by Mueller (reversethis-{ude.rys} {ta} {relleum}) on Wednesday October 02 2002, @06:41PM (#9507)
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    I will have more to say about this later, but the IMS/ISC comments confirmed my growing (sinking?) sense that the process was engineered from the outset to make a choice between Afilias and Neustar.

    If you read no other part of the IMS/ISC paper, read this:

    "A broader reset ICANN should definitely consider is a re-examination of how to grow the TLD space. While we disagree with those that advocate tens of millions of TLDs, we think there can be a solution that allows significantly faster growth but substitutes the current heavy-handed algorithm with something significantly more lightweight, based on interoperability requirements and points of presence instead of pitches and presentations. A neutral set of well-understood rules and clear points of interoperability will create more choice, better service, and lower prices for consumers. Given the all-consuming reform process currently underway, another organization, such as the IAB, might consider studying the issue and developing recommendations on a better algorithm for growth of the gTLD space that separates policy from process. "
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    Re: Time to Organize
    by cmalamud on Wednesday October 02 2002, @12:30PM (#9501)
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    We didn't invent the DNS ... that would be tall Paul, not small Paul. :)

    You can read our transmittal to ICANN here.



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    Re: Time to Organize
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday October 02 2002, @07:48PM (#9509)
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    .biz was billed as restricted but how restricted is it? I see no difference between it and CNO or .info. Some individuals own hoards of .biz names (including many of the 'best' ones) and other than being in the business of selling domain names (in most cases without being in any way a bona fide real world business), they should have been restricted out. They weren't, and there is little evidence they will be. .name was also ostensibly restricted, again, how well has that worked? And again, there is apparently little being done to fix it. Claims were made by new TLD applicants, they weren't followed through, and not only is nothing done about it, their claims regarding their .org redelegation applications move them to the top of the heap.

    I also take issue with the post up the thread regarding the supposed success of .biz and .info, such a suggestion is absurd. Not only have their many implementation problems been well-documented here and elsewhere (nor are they over), their financial success is well behind projections. That, to me, is one of the reasons for them being at the top of the .org heap. They have to be given a monetary influx through the awarding of .org or they could fail with their shiny new TLDs, thus tarnishing ICANN to an even wider audience than those of us who know that ICANN can't change its spots. -g

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