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    At Large and .eu bids
    by vbertola on Tuesday January 21 2003, @11:54PM (#11002)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    Disclaimer: I am a founder and Director in EUDR (but of course here speaking personally).

    Independently from which bid will win, I agree on the fact that more transparency would have been desirable. It's three months now that bids have been delivered, and I'm not even sure about who is evaluating them, or how long will it take; nor am I allowed to disclose the content of the bid.

    Anyway, speaking with the At Large hat, it is important that whoever wins will have strong mechanisms for bottom-up participation in policy making, and especially starts up some cooperation with the future European At Large Organization. For what I know, some bids were designed with their own open memberships, some others adopt a closed model in which the original founders own the registry, some others have open membership but limited to the industry...

    I'm not sure about how strong this point may be in front of the European Commission - which apparently meant .eu to be a sort of "European .com" with a significant commercial flavour - but definitely, in the negotiation phase between the choice of the preferred bidder and the signature of the final agreement, we'll have to make ourselves heard.
    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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