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    Not about .md but about other ccTLDs...
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday September 02 2003, @10:40AM (#12144)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    When I was on the board the entire body of information that we were given about a ccTLD redelegation was usually wrapped up in a fairly short note from "staff".

    Over time I got the impression that "staff" was building this short note based largely on anecdotal information that was obtained in some cases by site visits that were, to put it mildely, "managed" by the host.

    And one has only to look at the virtually unauthenticated letter that formed part of the .AF redelegation to see how weak is some of the evidence upon which ICANN undertakes to redelegate a ccTLD.

    (There was little doubt in my mind that certain ICANN "staffers" relish their self-image as jet setting arbiters of who is the "legitimate" government of a small country. The neo imperialist nature of that kind of activity seemed lost on ICANN's board and "staff".)

    And, over time, I became increasingly concerned that this "host" was not always vested with indisputable credentials and authority but was, instead, merely the most inventive or most visible among a number of interests wrestling for control. I came to fear that ICANN was being used as a tool by a political faction to overcome its oposition.
    As a practical matter, I found ICANN institutionally woefully unskilled and unsophisticated in the matters of recognizing who is in control of a state. Such questions are difficult even for professionals who work in the foreign affairs ministries and departments of state of established nations.

    ICANN is neither equipped nor designed to really evaluate who is really is the leading "c" in "ccTLD".
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    Re: .md
    by Anonymous on Tuesday September 02 2003, @01:26PM (#12145)
    The number of US bandits abusing ccTLD registries is just unbelievable, and there is never any US lawyer integer enough to speak about it and raise voice. The case of .md is one of many, they have been naïve and abused. Why the Moldova's people had to await totally-US-centric-judgement-in-US-ASCII to get Moldovan patrimony? The scandal is here – that they had to wait months if not years to have US court educated and eventually taking correct decision. As for the US crooks from dotmd.com, they better shut up, they stole enough money from Moldova. BTW, in hell the judgements are not in US-ASCII for so called Medical Doctors.
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    Re: dotmd.com openingbrief
    by Anonymous on Tuesday September 02 2003, @02:01PM (#12146)
    The gems of the document http://www.dotmd.com/openingbrief.pdf include purely invented by its author definitions and roles of ccTLD manager, Administrative Contact or Technical contact (see page 9). According to the table page 10, the USG have ultimate control over all aspect of ccTLD operation. What patented idiot !
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    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday September 02 2003, @06:35PM (#12148)
    User #2810 Info
    DotMD was also the company behind the MdR2k dotlaw application [icann.org] during which they trumpeted their competence with running a TLD (.md) under a 25 year contract, which only goes to show how much BS (with apologies to the Bahamas [iana.org]) was being thrown around.

    And is Paul Kane still the sole registrant of record for various ccTLDs (which co-incidentally are, or were, marketed a la .md)? Seems that breaks various rules. Didn't stop him from applying [icann.org] at MdR2k either though. The near-death DotTV was another failed attempt at crossover. Hmmm, is there a pattern appearing here? We try to market 2 letter TLDs and fall flat on our faces so now we'll market more than 2 letter TLDs and make a fortune. Next, please.-g

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    "dotMD.md" is not the bankrupt company dotMD, LLC
    by Anonymous on Wednesday September 03 2003, @10:04AM (#12152)
    A clarification regarding "dotMD." The bankrupt company "dotMD, LLC", which is the company that sold .md domain name registrations in the United States, is not affiliated with our company, Internet.MD, Inc., which owns the federally registered trademark "DOTMD" and the domain names "dotmd.md" and "dotmd.com". Our company had a marketing contract with Domain Name Trust, Inc., the predecessor of dotMD, LLC, that we entered in Oct. 1998 to register .md domain names in California and New York. Domain Name Trust, Inc. breached that contract, and we ended up getting a $2.2 million judgment against dotMD, LLC. When we attempted to collect our judgment, dotMD, LLC declared bankruptcy. During the bankruptcy proceedings we worked with the bankruptcy trustee to help rejuvenate the .md registration business and improve relations with Moldova, but the trustee did not really understand the business nor the political situation in Moldova and was unable to manage the business properly. In any case, I want to make it clear that our company wants .md to be run by a responsible, representative group in Moldova, and wants to make sure that ICANN does a thourough investigation of the parties involved. Also, with respect to the Moldova chapter of ISOC, it is not a real functioning chapter with real members. It is the voice piece of Valerian Levinski, a former Moldova government employee who received tens of thousands of dollars in "consulting" fees from Domain Name Trust, Inc. under the contract Domain Name Trust, Inc. signed with Pavel Chirev, the director of MoldData, in May 1998 (we obtained documents showing these payments as part of the discovery process in our lawsuit against Domain Name Trust. If anyone is interested in documents relating to Domain Name Trust, MoldData and its predecessor Republican Centre for Informatics, dotMD, LLC, and corruption in Moldova, feel free to contact me. Regards, Frank Weyer fweyer@dotmd.md fweyer@dotmd.com fweyer@internet.md
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    Icann is acting in bad faith
    by Anonymous on Wednesday September 03 2003, @09:23PM (#12158)
    One of Icann's functions is to ensure the proper transfer of names from one registry to another in the event of insolvency. By not garuanteeing the continuing rights of registrants during the redelgation process ICANN is abrogating its responsibilities.
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    Technical Contact
    by DavidHofmann on Thursday September 18 2003, @10:04AM (#12242)
    User #3842 Info
    “Whereas, on 10 March 2000, in resolution 00.13, the Board authorized the President and staff to work with the ccTLD managers, Governmental Advisory Committee, and other interested parties to prepare draft language for ccTLD contracts, policy statements, andor communications, including appropriate funding arrangements, to be presented to the Board and posted for public comment as soon as practicable;”

    I would think that the Technical Contact would considered in the category of “ccTLD managers” however as of this point I still have not been contacted despite several emails I have sent to ICANN.

    The actions and lack of action of ICANN and IANA over the last year have caused this ccTLD to fall to pieces. Currently the DNS servers are ether not active, inaccurate and refusing information to other servers.

    I have sent several requests concerning this mater in an attempted to fix it and been ignored or refused, as a result Moldova and the internet community suffers.
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