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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) .af to Go Live Today
    posted by michael on Monday March 10 2003, @06:17AM

    According to Wired.com, .af goes live today. ICANN (operating under its "IANA" cover) recently redelegated .af.

    Wired says takeup may be slow: "So far, just two websites have been registered under the .af domain, one belonging to the Ministry of Communications, the other to UNDP. As of Sunday, the ministry site was still 'under construction.'"

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    This is one of ICANN's few good moves
    by dmehus on Monday March 10 2003, @09:25AM (#11297)
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    In my opinion, redelegating the .af country-code top level domain was one of the few positive moves for ICANN, the global assigned names and numbers body. Until a democratically elected government of Afghanistan is formed, the local chapter of the U.N. Development Program [undp.org.af] should coordinate it along with the help of Afghanistan's Ministry of Communications. It just makes plain logical sense.
    Although I am a strong critic of ICANN, I don't see what's wrong in having administrators of ccTLDs sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN. It forces ccTLD managers to be accountable, and not sloppy and unaccountable like Nominent (the Registry Administrator for .uk) which doesn't even provide a publicly accessible WHOIS database!Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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      Re:This is one of ICANN's few good moves
      by dahamsta on Friday March 14 2003, @03:42AM (#11324)
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      "ICANN, the global assigned names and numbers body"

      Thanks for explaining that for us Doug, we'd all forgotten what ICANN was about. I though it stood for Irish Cabbage Aardvark Nordic Nanogram.

      "I don't see what's wrong in having administrators of ccTLDs sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN."

      Because ICANN is not democratic, transparent or accountable; because ICANN has already abused it's power to try to get ccTLD managers to sign these contracts; because ICANN is ultimately controlled by the US Government. There's nothing in it for ccTLD managers, ccTLD's or ccTLD holders.

      "It forces ccTLD managers to be accountable

      You say you're a strong critic of ICANN, so how could you possibly be in favour of a ccTLD manager being accountable to that organisation?

      "and not sloppy and unaccountable like Nominent (the Registry Administrator for .uk)

      It's Nominet. Wow, is that what Nominet is? I thought it was, like, objecting to Minet's, dude!

      Why do you say Nominet is sloppy? More importantly, why do you think Nominet should be accountable to anyone but it's members?

      "which doesn't even provide a publicly accessible WHOIS database!

      Nominet believes that the provision of a WHOIS will breach European Data Protection law. To a degree, they're right.

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