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    by Anonymous on Wednesday June 12 2002, @06:45AM (#7120)
    I agree with you about ICANN "keeping it in the family", giving TLDs to the established players. But remember one thing: When IOD was touting itself, just prior to November 2000, IOD was saying that it's own application for .WEB was, indeed, virtually the same as Afilias's application. Therefore, IOD would be just as worthy an applicant as Afilias, in IOD's minds-eye.

    If true, that means IOD would have encumbered some of the same hurdles as Afilias. One of those hurdles would be trying to market and advertise the TLD, when sales are well below projections from 2000.

    Of course, IOD's ethics could never be as low as those of Afilias. But who knows, I remember plenty of generic .WEB names registered to IOD insiders, at one point. That's not necessarily akin to the fraud perpetrated by Govinda Leopold and other Afilias board members and/or employees, but it shows a proclivity for insiders to grab valuable names, ethically or unethically. My point here is that there is too much temptation to grab valuable internet real estate to blindly say that IOD would have been able to control unethical behavior from without AND from within.
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    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Wednesday June 12 2002, @06:54AM (#7123)
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    I believe you misinterpreted what I said. IOD's technical plan was identical to Afilias's. I still believe it was a sound plan. The problem falls in that Afilias didn't implement the plan they said they were going to do. On technical merit, both proposals were sound. Had Afilias kept their promise, things might have been different.

    The same hurdles that IOD would have encountered would only apply to the marketing and advertising, as you suggest. As Afilias has done next to no advertising, a comparison is impossible. Anything that IOD might have done would have been an improvement.

    The other item to consider, if I read the applications correctly, is that Afilias relied on its registrars to make the substantial monitary contribution to advertising and marketing, while IOD had their own money in the bank. As the market crumbled, I sincerely doubt that those registrar contributions poured in. That might explain why I've only heard of one .INFO advertisement, over in Germany.

    As for names registered to insiders, I have no idea. Can you point out a few?

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