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    The Big Picture GNSO Asked to Develop Procedure to Rule on New Registry Services
    posted by Mueller on Friday October 10 2003, @05:05AM

    ICANN President Paul Twomey took another step toward making ICANN an economic regulator of the domain name industry, issuing an advisory asking the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) to "formulate a proposal for a timely, transparent and predictable procedure for the introduction of new registry services, including as to how a reasonable determination of the likelihood that a proposed change will have adverse effects."

    The GNSO will discuss this proposal at a Thursday October 16 teleconference.

    The push to make the GNSO, a body in which registries and registrars control half the votes, a regulator of entry into new registry services, raises serious issues about the scope and methods of ICANN's self-regulatory scheme, including potential antitrust problems that VeriSign has already flagged in its response to ICANN.

    Twomey's call is part of a hastily considered reaction to the VeriSign Sitefinder incident, and seems to be based on the assumption that had a review mechanism been in place, Sitefinder never would have happened. The President of ICANN seems to believe that this kind of review is going to clear and simple to implement, as he is calling for these sweeping changes in the mission of ICANN to be completed by January 15 - i.e., in only 3 months.

    But such a prior review of service introduction raises difficult issues, such as how a "registry service" is defined, whether the GNSO has the technical competence to decide in advance what wil have adverse effects, whether it is appropriate for business competitors to play a role in deciding what services their competitors can introduce, etc.

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    The GNSO is asked to *design* the process.....
    by tlr ({roessler} {at} {does-not-exist.org}) on Friday October 10 2003, @06:07AM (#12435)
    User #34 Info | http://log.does-not-exist.org/
    It's not clear at all who would administer such a process, even when it's designed by the GNSO.

    Could be ICANN staff + SECSAC + IAB, for instance.
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    We already have a process...
    by GeorgeK on Saturday October 11 2003, @04:23AM (#12439)
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    We already have a process, that worked fine for RGP, ConsoliDate, and other registry services. It worked fine for WLS, too, in the sense that it got quickly rejected by the consensus. VeriSign is only bemoaning processes where there's a *chance* that their proposals can face rejection!
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    And WLS?
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Monday October 13 2003, @08:07AM (#12448)
    User #36 Info | http://onthenet.ambler.net/
    This being the case, wouldn't it make sense for ICANN to tell Verisign that it may not move forward with WLS, such that SiteFinder and WLS can be the first offerings put through this new procedure?

    Considering that WLS had such an overwhelming consenus against it, this would be an ideal test case for the new process.

    Ambler On The Net [ambler.net]

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