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    sTLDs hoping to enter legacy root ICANN Avoids Questions About ".travel"
    posted by michael on Tuesday April 05 2005, @12:12PM

    ehasbrouck writes "Yesterday ICANN's Web site announced that, "A teleconference press conference is scheduled for 12:00-13:00 (local time [in Mar del Plata, Argentina]) on Tuesday, 5 April. Participation details are available upon request."

    I immediately responded to "press@icann.org", "Please send information on how I can participate in the telephone press conference on Tuesday, as mentioned on the ICANN Web site."

    I have received no response to this request, nothing further has appeared on the ICANN Web site about the press conference, and -- being 10,000 kilometers away -- I can't tell if the press conference was held, much less who was allowed to participate or what was said.

    This is a serious violation of ICANN's Bylaws, and a serious infringement of my rights as a journalist (as well as a stakeholder in ".travel") and the rights of my readers who have been following the ongoing ".travel" scandal through my reporting over the last four years.

    I have requested that I and any others who were not given an opportunity to participate be given another opportunity, at the earliest possible time, for a telephone conference to question those who participated in the original press conference.

    Here are the questions I would have asked, if I had gotten a chance, about the ".travel" scandal:"

    "1. When did ICANN learn of the 25 February 2003 purchase option agreement between Tralliance Corp. and TheGlobe.com/Voicego (details still secret), the 24 February 2004 agreement between Tralliance and the Travel Partnership Corp., TTPC ("Appendix A" to the proposed ICANN-Tralliance ".travel" agreement), and the 22 October 2002 memorandum of understanding between TTPC and IATA (details still secret) mentioned in that "Appendix A"? Specifically, were these 3 agreements reviewed by the ICANN Board of Directors before or during their 18 October 2004 conference call?

    2. In light of the fact that the latest TTPC financial statement shows that as of 31 December 2004 TTPC was insolvent, and that revenues from TTPC's proposed share of Tralliance/TheGlobe.com/Voiceglo's proposed share of ".travel" registration fees will not commence until after the start of ".travel" registration, does ICANN know who will actually absorb TTPC's start-up costs of formulating ".travel" policies? What, if any, mechanisms are proposed to ensure that TTPC would not be a financial captive of those financial backers, subject to having funding cut off and being forced to shut down for lack of money if TTPC were to adopt policies counter to their interests?

    3. The proposed ICANN-Tralliance agreement provides that, "Registry [i.e. Tralliance] may assign this Agreement as part of the transfer of its registry business if such transfer and assignment are approved in advance by ICANN in accordance with its procedures." Has such a request been made to ICANN in relation to the contemplated sale of Tralliance to TheGlobe.com/Voiceglo? Has ICANN begun the process of developing a consensus on the criteria and procedures that should be used to evaluate such a request?"

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    Comments and requests to ICANN Board on "travel"
    by ehasbrouck on Wednesday April 06 2005, @11:15PM (#14831)
    User #3130 Info | http://hasbrouck.org
    I have submitted lengthy comments [hasbrouck.org] to this morning's ICANN Board of Directors public forum, requesting that any decision to consider ".travel" at the Board meeting tomorrow be referred to an independent review panel (as provided for in ICANN's Bylaws), and reiterating my previous (thus far ignored) questions annd requests for release of documents, meeting records, and answers to questions related to "travel".
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    Re:What .TRAVEL Names are You Interested In ?
    by ehasbrouck on Tuesday April 05 2005, @08:28PM (#14814)
    User #3130 Info | http://hasbrouck.org
    As I explained in my comments in the public forum on the initial Tralliance (et al.) application, registrants are not the only staekholders. Most ".travel" stakeholders are travellers who use the Internet for travel research, information, reservations, and for sharing their travel stories and photos. Travel is an activity and an aspect of life, not an "industry".
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