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    .NET Auction ? Lottery ? Vote ?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday July 14 2004, @06:40AM (#13956)
    It is amazing that people claim to always focus
    on FAIRNESS but at no time do they mention the
    4,000,000 .NET domain name owners as a body that
    could easily VOTE on their selection of a Registry
    Operator. A VOTE is not an Auction or a Lottery**.

    ICANN is of course terrified of Voting because
    that might use the Internet and allow netizens
    to have a voice, and the ISOC/UN/ITU/WIPO/OECD
    can not tolerate that. Verisign of course wants
    to keep all attention away from their .COM
    cash-cow. They thought by paying off the ISOC
    with a $5,000,000 donation and the .ORG TLD
    would do the job. The regulators and academics
    are now back for more. .ORG is of course failing
    and will fade from the Internet scene. ICANN
    does not care, as long as they keep the number
    of TLDs small and people arguing they profit
    from the debate.

    If all .NET owners are allowed to Vote, market
    research and straw-polls show that Verisign
    would be re-selected, but the Registrars would
    demand that the $6 fee to Verisign and the $1
    fee to them should be reversed. The Registrars
    do all of the real work, Verisign takes most of
    the profits. Some of those Verisign profits of
    course go into behind-the-scenes lobbyist work
    to make sure any other competition is de-railed.
    The competition is not the consumers selecting
    but instead, a competition of which Registry's
    psych-ops department is the most clever. Paying
    university professors off is just one of their
    many tools.

    A VOTE by the .NET owners would send a clear
    message to anyone interested in reviewing the
    results. One problem would of course be how
    to hold a fair election. If Verisign ran a
    simple web-site for the VOTE and the results
    showed that Verisign is selected, the results
    would be questioned. If the ISOC ran the election
    and Verisign was not selected, those results
    would be questioned. Another solution would be
    for the RIRs (ARIN, RIPE and APNIC) to run the .NET vote, since they are just like all other .NET owners. That may not work because they
    would probably elect themselves to be the
    Registry operator, via their new NRO company
    which recently changed its name from .ORG to .NET in preparation for bidding on the .NET TLD.

    Another approach would be for ICANN to take
    a Vote or straw-poll amoung .NET owners to see
    if they want Verisign to be replaced. The lack
    of recent comments shows that most people are
    happy with the existing situation. .NET is only
    up for re-bid because of the horse-trading for .ORG which was done by anti-Verisign ISOC zealots,
    without the ICANN Board involvement, other than
    a rubber-stamp approval at the end.

    Yet another approach is for the Vote to be
    taken incrementally. Vinton Cerf is out trying
    to sell IPv6 to anyone that will listen. The
    ISOC/IETF has conned the U.S. DOD into backing
    those agendas. New .NET servers, running ONLY
    IPv6 could be deployed and .NET owners could
    Vote by paying to have their names copied to
    those servers. That vote could help to show if
    there is any real interest in IPv6 from .NET
    owners and allow for a new .NET Registry to
    emerge, one name at a time.

    Yet another approach is for NEW.NET to be the
    rallying point for .NET owners. Note the .NET
    extension to the name NEW.NET. Unlike ICANN which
    is not a .NET netizen, NEW.NET is at least part
    of the .NET constituency. A vote for NEW.NET as
    the new .NET operator would also bring in all of
    the new TLDs. The .NET owners might have something
    to attract new customers. Verisign, who always
    claims to welcome new TLDs as competition, would
    probably benefit from having a NEW.NET at their
    side to once and for all do away with ICANN.

    ** People outside the U.S. may now view everything
    as an Auction when it involves money. Look at the
    up-coming U.S. election for the President. There
    are essentially TWO Republicans to choose from.
    Each has placed large sums of money on the table
    to *bid* for the job. The po-folk Democrats do not
    even have a candidate in the race. The November
    elections now become a Lottery to select the
    winner from the Auction Finalists. Flip a coin,
    will it be Kerry or Bush? It does not matter.
    Some would argue the winner should be President
    and the loser Vice-President.
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    .NET Auction ? Lottery ? Vote ? by Anonymous

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