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    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday March 13 2005, @04:57PM (#14674)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    It is rather pretentious to call today's collection of registries and registrars, and any third tier providers, an "industry".

    Rather, because it is essentially a business sector that is closed to those who do not wish to submit their product offerings, prices, and customer lists to ICANN and obtain ICANN's blessing, it is far more accurate to call the whole thing, ICANN and the businesses, a combination in restraint of trade.

    This system because it has a built in registry price floor and because it denies entry to many who wish to participate in this marketplace is costing consumers hundreds of millions of dollars per year in excessive fees and an additional amount in hidden costs (due to things like the UDRP kangaroo court system and an ethical structure that makes used car salesman look squeeky clean by comparision.)
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    The net-net on net
    by Anonymous on Monday March 14 2005, @08:25AM (#14679)
    The net-net on net
    by Susan at 10:44AM (EST) on March 14, 2005 |

    ICANN has posted its suggested .net agreement. The new draft puts the ICANN Board and the Names Council firmly in control of the registry's future, and represents a substantial change to the existing registry contracts. No one gave ICANN the power to do this, and it is strange that no approval by anyone -- including the US Dept of Commerce -- is being sought to make this happen. ICANN is taking the occasion of the .net rebid to restructure its entire relationship to the world.

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    Just Keep Making Up More Layers to Cover the Smell
    by Anonymous on Monday March 14 2005, @02:06PM (#14682)

    This comment of the draft strategic plan will focus on four main areas:

    · Important aspects of the draft plan where the RIRs have not been consulted
    · Inaccuracies in the plan that are directly relevant to IP number resources
    · Budget and financing issues
    · Inconsistent descriptions of the ICANN mission

    1) Important aspects of the draft plan where the RIRs have not been consulted

    i) In the “Funding Sources” section, there is a subsection entitled “Regional Internet Registries (RIR) Contributions” that states:

    “Voluntary contributions from RIRs are mutually agreed amounts that are negotiated annually. For fiscal year 2004-05, after discussions with RIR representatives, ICANN has budgeted RIR contributions at $823,000, a 54% increase over the previous year’s contribution and equal to 10% of ICANN’s 200304 budgeted expenses.” (p.61)

    We would like to emphasise that the RIRs have not agreed to this.

    ii) In the section of the draft discussing ICANN’s future objectives (p.15), the matrix entitled “Figure 4: Identified Objectives from ICANN Stakeholders” indicates that there has been input from the Internet address communities regarding ICANN’s future objectives.

    The RIRs have not been consulted on this. This is also the case for the statement regarding the strategic plan for ICANN’s future that notes:

    “ICANN has determined its immediate objectives in a twelve month consultation with all of its constituencies, a process that appropriately reflects ICANN’s consensus-driven policy development process.” (p.16)

    iii) In the section entitled “Develop and implement an appropriate plan for responding to the needs of registrants” the plan notes that ICANN will work to further improve its effectiveness in responding to user needs by:

    “Improving Whois accuracy through ICANN’s Whois Data Problem Reports system.” (p.31)

    There has been no co-ordination of this activity with the RIRs.

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    Xmachine - Game Over
    by Anonymous on Saturday March 19 2005, @06:52AM (#14685)
    Xmachine - Game Over
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    "appropriate location to leak the word..."
    by Anonymous on Sunday March 20 2005, @06:22AM (#14686)
    "appropriate location to leak the word..."

    There are no leaks here. Even if there were
    people would not believe them.

    ICANNwatch is a WMD - a Weapon of Mass Distraction

    P.S. Don't tell anyone why Esther is coming to
    Chicago this week.

    Xmachine.BIZ rocks
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