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    Response from DotAsia Organisation Limited
    by Che-Hoo CHENG on Thursday April 14 2005, @04:59AM (#14893)
    User #4115 Info | http://www.dotasia.org/
    Before jumping to conclusions, I urge everybody to visit our website at www.dotasia.org to take a look at our materials including our well-thought out proposal to ICANN and have a sense of the level and variety of support that we have obtained from our community (see http://www.dotasia.org/about/members.html & http://www.dotasia.org/about/initialboard.html).

    Maybe let me give you a little bit of background information of our .ASIA initiative first. Prof. Kilnam Chon of Korea (one of the Internet pioneers in Asia) initiated the idea of .AP several years ago, laying the seeds of the initiative already. From early 2003, the current team adjusted the idea to .ASIA as a Sponsored gTLD based on a bottom-up approach. Initial responses were very positive and when ICANN issued the RFP for sTLDs in December 2003, the initiative began to formalize and take shape.

    When the proposal was submitted to ICANN in mid March 2004, 7 ccTLDs (.CN, .ID, .JP, .MO, .NU, .TW and .VN) as well as APNIC and APNG already participated as members. Since then, recruitment of members continued, and as of now, there are already 20 participating ccTLDs (including .KZ, .TJ & .UZ from Central Asia, .AF, .BT, .IN & .IR from South Asia, .KH, .PH & .SG from South-East Asia, .KR & .MN from East Asia and .NZ from Pacific) plus APNIC, APNG and PAN/IDRC. The initiative will continue to welcome and recruit members even after it obtains approval from ICANN, and eligible organisations in the region can join at their own pace and become equal members.

    Upon the establishment of the initial board and initial advisory council by well-respected individuals from different areas of our community (see http://www.dotasia.org/about/initialboard.html), all are actively updated and involved, along with members and potential members, in the activities of .ASIA.

    It is worth to note that Afilias’ involvement as a registry services and technology provider is well defined and well understood, and it does not and will not interfere with policy formulation functions of the .ASIA registry.

    Our members and supporters share the dream of having our own Asia-focus TLD. And, we want to leverage and bring together the collaborative spirit of the Internet community in Asia to further the continued growth in and around the region. So, .ASIA is indeed an initiative of our community.

    I hope that it is much clearer to everybody now.

    Thanks a lot.

    Che-Hoo CHENG

    For and on behalf of
    Initial Board and Initial Advisory Council
    DotAsia Organisation Limited
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    Re:Response from DotAsia Organisation Limited
    by Anonymous on Thursday April 14 2005, @07:57AM (#14894)
    Aflias just runs TLD market-trials for ICANN.
    Those are called Proof-of-Concept TLDs.

    Is .ASIA a Proof-of-Concept TLD market trial ?

    If .ASIA ia a real TLD, then people may have
    missed your market tests and market trials.

    Based on what you claim, it seems you would have
    ample clue and facilities to operate your own
    TLD Registry. Why would you out-source to
    Afilias ? Why yould you make .ASIA appear so
    weak ? One obvious answer is because .ASIA is
    just a market trial TLD. Is that the case ?
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    Who Will Own the .ASIA Customer List ??
    by Anonymous on Friday April 15 2005, @08:06AM (#14906)
    Who Will Own the .ASIA Customer List ??

    In the past, the ICANN Society made companies
    agree that ICANN owns the Customer List for the
    TLD. Is that the case with .ASIA ?

    One of the reasons why .WEB was not accepted was
    because the .WEB owners did not want to turn
    over all of their assets to the ICANN Society.
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