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    .net The Register: ICANN Skewed .net process for VeriSign
    posted by michael on Tuesday May 03 2005, @09:10AM

    Fergie writes "Kieren McCarthy writes in The Register:
    ICANN skewed the process to select a new owner for the .net registry in favour of incumbent owner VeriSign. Our in-depth investigation into the process, which has proved highly controversial since a final report gave the six-year contract to VeriSign, has revealed that ICANN:
    • Unilaterally added judging criteria requested by VeriSign yet rejected during the official public process
    • Unilaterally altered and downplayed explicit criteria, as repeatedly requested by VeriSign yet rejected during the official public process
    • Did not add judging criteria detrimental to VeriSign despite clear, explicit and legitimate requests for them to do so
    • Selected and publicly announced a known close associate to VeriSign to act as the process's evaluator without consulting the other bidders and despite their subsequent complaints
    • Effectively ignored extensive complaints about competence and bias in the final report from all four losing bidders and two of its own constituencies
    Read the entire analysis here."


    [Editor's note: That ICANN changed the rules secretly and/or at the last minute to favor one party should surprise no one, since it's hard to think of a major ICANN decision involving TLD allocation that hasn't worked that way. That ICANN should do it for VeriSign is somewhat more surprising given their history of enmity and litigation. The Register suggests that it is the very threat of litigation which has bent ICANN to VeriSign's will. Whether that's right or not, the Register identifies a number of troubling contradictions between what ICANN is now claiming and what it appears to have done. -mf]


     
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    A false dichotomy
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday May 04 2005, @01:07AM (#15072)
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    I have long said that this idea of ICANN and NetSol/Verisign not getting along is a false dichotomy. Those disliking both are then left to choose between the apparent lesser of two evils in a given situation. In truth they've always been in a symbiotic, even incestuous, relationship.

    NetSol/Verisign was supposed to divest itself of .net long since but lawyer Joe Simes more or less singlehandedly (and secretly) changed [domainhandbook.com] that back in 2001. Now Verisign gets to keep .net again, the lawyers make more money, and ICANN has an excuse for not getting anything else done. How convenient. They need each other to obscure the fact that the vast majority of internet 'stakeholders' would be better off without either of them. -g

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