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    .org ICANN Staff move target on .org to ensure preordained outcome
    posted by michael on Friday October 04 2002, @10:55AM

    josephk writes "The final responses from the .org bidders were received today. http://www.icann.org/tlds/org/applicant-comments-03oct02.htm

    A review of the responses indicates clear issues with the process. A summary of each proposals points are described below. Make your own judgements."

    - "the Board should consider all information provided through the procurement, rather than arbitrarily ignoring important facts or selectively excluding relevant data"
    Supported in the IMS/ISC Bid "Unity was included in the table but the staff report went on at great length to discourage consideration of their bid."
    - "Just as the Board can consider the post-submission formation of the corporate entity to which a contract might be granted (as in the case of PIR), surely it can and must consider the fact that AusRegistry successfully implemented the previously described transition that gives it the most pertinent "experience" for the job at hand."
    - "The final evaluation does not reflect any reassessment in light of misleading statements in ISOC's bid." And then "ISOC/Afilias did not "supervise" a transition as claimed, but rather merely "tested" the work performed by AusRegistry"
    - "Unity has now finalised an agreement with VeriSign on price and key performance terms for VeriSign's active transition involvement, as projected in our original proposal. Only the Unity bid offers the assurance of a VeriSign guarantee that a smooth transition will occur and that operations will be stable for the first year."
    - "We would suggest that price is always relevant as it is directly related to value."
    - "The ICANN Board have a duty of care and should consider their direct responsibility and accountability in ensuring the organisation they select to run the .org registry has strong corporate governance."

    - "We believe we played a straight game on a field in which the goal posts had been relatively poorly defined and seemed to shift as the process moved along."
    - "A good US lawyer could have a field day with the way the process was structured"
    - In relation to their relationship with Verisign, "Either this was a partnership prohibited by ICANN rules or it was admissible on an equal basis"
    - Discuss issues of conflict of interest

    - "it is now clearly evident that the ICANN Staff recommendation was a preordained conclusion"
    - "our bid offered the lowest price at $4.95"

    - "The NCDNHC Evaluation was flawed and biased"
    - " The Board should disregard the Final Staff Report Recommendation and make its own neutral and objective determination."
    - "PIR introduces a complicated organizational structure, major formation tasks, and additional unknowns resulting in a great deal of unnecessary risk."
    - "NCDNHC rewarded those applicants that proposed to grant money to the evaluators themselves"
    - "Does a proposal that includes outsourcing the registry to a third party who in turn outsources to several other third parties, represent additional risk"

    The Internet Society
    - "We support the final staff evaluation report and its recommendation "that the Board reassign the .org registry to ISOC.""
    - "Afilias' speed of delivery yields faster "registration to resolution" service than NeuStar"
    - "Some questions were raised regarding Afilias' use of the PostgreSQL database software. Our examination of .INFO operations has shown the database's ability to successfully scale, replicate, mirror, cluster, perform application processing, and support on-line/off-line maintenance."
    - "We are confident in our ability to work closely with ICANN to complete contract negotiations, and with VeriSign Registry (VGRS) to manage the data migration and transition tasks."

    - "The IMS/ISC bid is very different from the bids that ICANN staff deemed "qualified," all of which have a similar operational style and pricing philosophy as VeriSign"
    - "The reassignment of the .org TLD is a significant event in the transformation of the DNS. Higher prices from barriers to entry could well cost consumers US$268 million over the next five years."
    - "The 4 mini-VeriSigns, which run the new TLDs, including Register.Com (DotOrg and RegisterOrg), GNR, NeuStar, and Afilias (ISOC)." And then further on "the fact that the average amount of experience of the 4 mini-VeriSigns is 7.8 months, the size of the databases they operate are small, and there is no public way of evaluating how well those systems have operated." And further "Handing .org to a mini-VeriSign simply insures more of the same. High prices, low transparency, bad service, and lack of innovation are the result."
    - "While we commend the ICANN board for their extremely low board expenses and the volunteer efforts of board members and we note that our experience with ICANN staff is that they work extremely hard, we do find it a bit incredible that an organization such as ICANN should, for the year ending June 30, 2001, spend US$1,424,769 on a law firm, and US$354,433 with Arthur Anderson.["
    - "VeriSign and NeuStar are both large clients of Gartner."
    - "Ignoring financial evaluations seems like a throwback to the height of the .com era when VCs would toss money"

    Global Name Registry
    - " In an effort to develop a scientific process, the staff appear to have overlooked the big picture"
    - " Numerical differences are insignificant"
    - "the significant problems raised by selecting an organization that has not yet formed"
    - " The open source database system proposed by ISOC lacks maturity, documentation and dedicated support"
    - "Candidates financial wherewithal and experience at and infrastructure for managing a budget were never examined in the staff report"
    - "As Nii Quaynor stated at the Ghana meeting:"…
    "We should also be reasonably open to one who is able to demonstrate in someway that he is able to scale to that level, so that we are acting to expand the net of good operators."
    "To which Vint Cerf replied:"
    " I think that is not an unreasonable sentiment to express, as long as we take into account that demonstration of ability is paramount"
    "As this discussion shows there are different ways to demonstrate capacity and capability"
    - Again refer to Vint Cerf at the Ghana meeting:
    "be focused on making the operation safe, secure, efficient and as inexpensive as possible."
    And then "We have proposed a discount of upto 42%"

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    Re: ICANN Staff move target on .org to ensure preo
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Friday October 04 2002, @11:25AM (#9552)
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    I have a hard time calling it sour grapes when the points raised are all factually correct and on point.

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