Heather Carle is on record as saying that every one of the "Registrar Reserved" names were QUOTE: "hand-checked".
In defence of Hal Lubsen (who I have criticised on many scores previously) I must mention that I checked to see if he had an up and running FortKnox.com site at the time of the .info Sunrise, and he did indeed have a website operating at this site.
The real criticism, though, and I think Jeff Davies makes this point, is:
Why should the Registrars get first pick of domain names, to the exclusion of other people?
I thought the whole point of the Sunrise was to enable IP claimants access to these names, so how do you justify letting the "suppliers" nip in first and take them, instead of "supplying" them... which, forgive me, I thought was the purpose of a Registrar!
With reference to Signature domains, I'm bound to allude once again to their performance in the .biz2B, where they submitted an incredibly short list of names, for just one customer (their own Partner Joshua Blacker)... thereby effectively queue-jumping the general public, because the round-robin system favoured the shortest queues possible.
I phoned Joshua about this extraordinary policy, and he admitted he was a Signature partner in whose name nine fantastic names had been acquired, but he told me "You should speak to Barry because he knows what this is all about, I don't really know anything."
This was one of a host of issues I raised with ICANN-Registrar Liaison Dan Halloran, 425 days ago, and I am deeply disappointed that he has *never* even had the courtesy to reply to me.
What is the point of "ICANN accreditation"? What is the point of ICANN Agreements (when, for example, Lubsen's DomainBank broke the Afilias rules, even though Hal Lubsen was Afilias CEO)? Amazingly DomainBank charged $15000 to a customer, to submit ineligible applications which broke Afilias's rules, and which were therefore valueless. Another member of the Afilias cartel - Speednames - charged $500,000 to submit 4981 ineligible Sunrise applications.
It seems to me that what we have here is a system which is set up to serve the suppliers rather than the consumers.
In this light, it is entirely logical that Registrars were allowed "first pick" of the .info names.
And in the context of fraud and corruption which ran far deeper than anything cited here, I suppose it is entirely logical that Dan Halloran has refused to respond to my fair and serious concerns, because ...
... ICANN has no defence.