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    A question re less market, more community
    by lsolum on Monday April 07 2003, @06:44AM (#11454)
    User #3416 Info | http://lsolum.blogspot.com/
    A Question for Vittorio Vittorio, why do you say "Less Market, More Community" instead of "More Market and Community?

    Can't we have both?
    Doesn't your comment assume that commercial gTLDs are in competition with nonprofit gTLDs? Given the feasible limtis of root expansion, can't we expand both the commercial and nonprofit (or subsidized) gTLD sectors? Along these lines, you might be interested in a short position paper by Karl Manheim and myself called "A Proposal Equity Enhancing Auctions," it is available at the following url: http://gtld-auctions.net/eeauctions.html [gtld-auctions.net].Lawrence Solum
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    A question re less market, more community by lsolum
    Re:A question re less market, more community
    by vbertola on Tuesday April 08 2003, @01:29AM (#11462)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    Yes, the title might be misleading - what I'm saying is that you already have a good number of generic commercial gTLDs, so that actual demand for more of them might be limited. (But, as I already said, if someone wants to try, he's welcome, and certainly more competition is good, not bad.) What is still missing is the opportunity for small communities to self-organize their own non-profit TLD at a very low cost.

    Your paper seems to assume that the only demand is for for-profit gTLDs in the first world or for non-profit gTLDs in the least developed countries. That doesn't cover non-profit TLDs in developed countries - practically, you are assuming that if you're in Europe or in the US then you're allowed to use the DNS only in a commercial fashion, something I don't agree with. With your proposal, .sucks would go to the highest commercial bidder, while I think it should go to someone who can ensure it's used for free speech.

    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)

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