I had earlier asked rhetorically here, when pointing out that ICANN accredited registrar register.com's property Afternic was selling new.net names, what such a happenstance would mean. And in fact, unless it was less formal, the first accredited registrar on ICANN's list has been offering new.net registrations for at least a week. If one were to take the time to go through the whole list (I won't), there may well be others, though I do note with some humor that name.space is an accredited but not yet operational ICANN registrar. New.net sites are also being listed on some search engines. As search engines increasingly move to a pay to play rather than a relevance model this seems a perfect marriage.|
So what does this mean? A fragmented namespace. People register domains (or something approximating that), using any one of a number of alternatives, and the end-user may or may not arrive where they intended, depending on which plugin or settings or ISP or browser or whatever one is using. In more and more cases there are dupicates, sometimes collisions. In short, chaos.
This is the instability ICANN was set up to avoid, according to M. Stuart Lynn. Instead, arguably, that is what it is fostering through its ineptitude and corruption. And because in this case it is an overlay, a route around a point of failure, there is nothing ICANN can do about it, short of disaccrediting registrars. That is an action they have been unwilling and/or unable to take to date despite much more egregious behavior on the part of some of them. This is a total and complete mess, worsening by the hour. Those Americans who say they should continue to control the internet because they invented it (a Canadian invented the telephone, does that mean your calls necessarily route through us?) should instead be asking why their government has allowed such incompetence to continue for so long. -g