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    sTLDs hoping to enter legacy root Too much pressure from the industry...
    posted by michael on Monday December 13 2004, @04:16PM

    Mike Sorros writes "ICANN just announced that two additional applications (.jobs and .mobi) have made it into commercial & technical negotiations:

    http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-13 dec04.htm

    Only a week after the ICANN board faced massive criticism from the industry, because of a missing strategy to enable new TLDs on a regular basis and interestingly on the same day, the seventh meeting of the Council WG-WSIS - CCV takes place in Geneva, ICANN surprises the community with a 180 degree change to it's Cape Town statements."

    What did we hear from Vint Cerf? I believe the industry remembers his words:

    "Let me respond specifically to an example of a concern. This is in the gTLD space in general.
    I want to go on record as saying, because I said it in another session a couple of days ago, that I am no longer sure that I have a strong understanding of why I would be motivated to create a new TLD. I'd like to have a much better philosophical basis for making that decision than I feel I have right now." (Public Session Part 1)

    Did ICANN react to calm down increasing criticism about it's core functions? Some might say in regard to WSIS?"

    Editor's note: Myself, I see less conflict, and more of a foolish consistency. ICANN opposes gTLDs for many reasons, mostly commercial. In contrast, mostly useless sTLDs doesn't threaten existing oligopolies. I'm sure Vint Cerf and the ICANN die-hards still oppose new gTLDs despite this sop. After all, markets can't be trusted. Neither can you. It's true that by accepting more new sTLDs, ICANN demonstrates that it doesn't really believe the technical arguments against new gTLDs, but then no one really believes those anyway ... unless you propose adding many new gTLDs in a few weeks (or maybe months), or propose adding hundreds in which case the consensus frays. There are respectable reasons to fear the first, and respectable people who are uncertain about the second. -mf

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    Re:.MOBI Given to Afilias as .NET Consolation Priz
    by CHauser on Wednesday December 15 2004, @03:23AM (#14579)
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    I don't think Afilias are pirates but they're a very small organization. I hope they realize how demanding Microsoft/ Nokia will be for the MOBI launch. MOBI will be a very large space and Microsoft will make enormous demands on Afilias' resources. Microsoft should just buy them and pump some more resource in.
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