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    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday March 28 2003, @11:19AM (#11392)
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    I don't fully understand your objections to .aero. Do you have any substantive disagreement with the policies for that TLD, or just criticism of their governing body for making their decisions behind closed doors without giving critics such as yourself a chance to comment?

    You say you're a member of the .aero constituency as an aviation journalist. Have you attempted to register a .aero domain? Were you accepted or rejected?
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    by ehasbrouck on Sunday March 30 2003, @08:01AM (#11404)
    User #3130 Info | http://hasbrouck.org
    I don't think one needs to have substantive objections to specific decisions to object to their being made in secret. And the fact that SITA has been allowed to do so, despite constractual commitments to ICANN to provide for transparency and participation, sets a particularly clear, and bad, precedent, as well as posing liability issues for ICANN. (When ICANN delgates authority, ICANN is liable as principal for the actions of the agent, since the sponsorship agreement contains no indemnification clause.)

    But yes, I have substantive objections to SITA's policies for .aero. .aero was proposed, and the proposal was accepted, based on promises that it would be open to, and operated for the beenfit of, *all* members of the "Air Transport Community", defined as "All companies and organizations for which the main activity is related to Air Transport."

    The policies as actually formulated have narrowed eligibility to the air transport *industry*, defined as suppliers of air transportation and related products and services. But a "community" is not an "industry". This amounts to a highjacking of a domain applied for, and approved, for a sphere of activity, and its de facto privatization for the sole use of the commercial component of that sector of activity: in effect, an enclosure of the virtual commons for private use.

    As I pointed out in my request for rejection of the .aero charter, the change from "community of interest" to "industry" excludes, inter alia, "those whose relationship to air transport is as users or purchasers rather than as providers of air transport services. These excluded members of the community and stakeholders in the domain include airline passengers, air cargo shippers, and their organizations. The draft agreement also excludes those whose activities are "related to" air transport, but who are neither providers nor users of services. These air transport community members and stakeholders include air transport consumer, safety, and security advocates and advocacy organizations, and organizations and individuals impacted by the air transport industry through airport noise, environmental damage, security measures, etc. (affected homeowners, neighborhood organizations, civil liberties organizations, etc.)."

    The issue is not that *I* couldn't register a .aero domain name, if I chose to do so. The issue is that the vast majority of those included in the community in whose behalf SITA proposed .aero, and in whose interests SITA promised to manage the TLD, have been excluded form registration. (In addition to the procedural issue that they, and I, and anyone else, have been excluded both by ICANN and by SITA from decision making that might have changed or corrected this.)

    For more details on my objections, see:

    http://hasbrouck.org/icann
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