ICANN Nix on XXX (9-5)
posted by michael on Wednesday May 10 2006, @04:58PM
In a characteristically open and transparent meeting (i.e. a secret one), ICANN rejected the dot-xxx proposal opposed by the US and certain other governments on a 9-5 vote. In an uncharacteristic burst of speed, the official announcement is online, stating,
The application has received much public comment and detailed discussion by the ICANN Board. Reflecting the diversity of views this application has generated, the Board discussion at today's meeting focused on the criteria for the sTLD, especially for sponsorship, and the terms of the contract proposed by ICM, including compliance issues related to key terms associated with public policy concerns. ICM had proposed additional terms in response to issues raised by ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, particularly at ICANN's meeting in Wellington in March. [URL]In the past, in an effort to make dissenters as ineffectual as possible, ICANN has forbidden them from issuing their dissents when the decision comes out. Ostensibly this rule was intended to give non-native English speakers adequate time to prepare their statements...although cynics might note that it has the effect of ensuring that the news coverage is deprived of the dissenters' views. Was that rule applied again today? It sounds like it.
ICM had requested that the ICANN Board vote on the proposed contract at this meeting.
Votes in favor of the proposed .XXX Registry Agreement were cast by the following Board Members: Veni Markovski, Susan Crawford, Peter Dengate Thrush, Joichi Ito, and Mouhamet Diop. Directors who voted against the approval were Vint Cerf (Chairman), Alejandro Pisanty (Vice-Chairman), Raimundo Beca, Demi Getschko, Hagen Hultzsch, Njeri Rionge, Vanda Scartezini, Paul Twomey (President and CEO), and Hualin Qian. Additional details regarding the vote will be provided by ICANN later this week.
Early news story: Wall St. Journal Online: Internet Regulator Rejects Dot-XXX
Domain for Adult Content. Also, for those who came in late, see this pre-vote story in the Wall St. Journal, Plan for Adult Area Sparks a Fight On Control of Web and ICANNWatch's .xxx Redux, complete with prescient illustration.
I would say that .xxx was a lousy idea, but that the people behind it followed all the rules and still lost -- but that would suggest that there are rules.