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    Paul Kane Just Wants to Hide All His 2-Letter TLDs
    by Anonymous on Tuesday May 03 2005, @07:58PM (#15070)
    Paul Kane Just Wants to Hide All His 2-Letter TLDs

    With the growing ICANN Staff, and growing ICANN
    budget, more and more eyes can be placed on each
    TLD. That is scrutiny that people like Paul Kane
    do not want.

    The ICANN Staff and the U.S. Government will
    naturally start asking how one guy could get so
    many 2-letter TLDs. Does Paul Kane think he is
    a country ?

    The ICANN agenda under Paul Twomey is to of
    course move 2-letter TLDs to governments. Paul
    Twomey comes from the clueless GAC faction.
    As they become educated and/or encouraged by
    ICANN, countries want their TLD gold-mines.
    People like Paul Kane of course do not want to
    give up those TLDs and the profits.

    What is ironic is that many of the players
    around ICANN continue finding themselves in a
    strange situation. They fund ICANN to deploy
    the weapons that are used to destroy the funders.
    ICANN of course finds new funders, as they
    push old players aside. ICANN works the divide
    and conquer path, one TLD at a time.

    Paul Kane must feel like a guy with pockets
    full of cash surrounded by dozens of pick-pockets.
    As he covers one pocket, they attack another.
    ICANN will pick Paul Kane bare, along with many
    other players that set themselves up to look
    like countries.
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    Re:Paul Kane Just Wants to Hide All His 2-Letter T
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Wednesday May 04 2005, @12:12AM (#15071)
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    I pointed out at least some of Paul Kane's ccTLDs here and elsewhere (incl. to ICANN wonks) over two years ago, such as the memorable .ac Ascension Island [iana.org], questioning how he could possibly be resident in each of them. Of course .ac [www.nic.ac] has almost nothing to do with the physical island [ascension-island.gov.ac], which in any case isn't a country (when the British took it over they called it a boat of the stone class). For largely historical reasons many such drek ccTLDs litter the root, so it is hard to imagine ICANN ever coming to agreement with most of these 'governments', and surely even ICANN isn't stupid enough not to know that.

    I also very much doubt that most of these pseudo ccTLDs are such great moneymakers. Even Tuvalu's (which one could perhaps call a boat of the sinking [usatoday.com] class) .tv, the most successful of the lot, didn't live up to expectations. -g

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    A global medium?
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Wednesday May 04 2005, @12:49PM (#15083)
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    I hope I'm not included in the mindless nonsense category, offtopic I'd agree with. Michael Geist has a sobering account [michaelgeist.ca] of his recent trip behind the Great Firewall of China (note to ed. mf: I thought I coined that term). China is now re-opening some internet cafes, all to be run by the politically correct. It also expects its ISPs to practice self censorship (agreements it gets in writing). Thus it can exert control at various levels and various chokepoints. Sure these can be got around if you really know what you're doing, but who does? I was a user of anonymous remailer anon.penet.fi when it got raided [xs4all.nl] and records seized by the Finland police based on a trumped up charge by the silentogists (I still think I coined that term) in a modern western democracy, even the workarounds can be worked around if you've got enough money and/or power. Good and bad governments and many corps normally have both. China also blocks [rfa.org] or otherwise interferes with radio and television (to use your example) and I'd probably be more careful about what I said on the telephone there (to use your other).

    While it is nice to think that we are weaving a seamless net, if anything we are in many ways tearing apart what we already had. It is a minor annoyance but if google.com susses out my incoming Canadian IP it gives me google.ca instead of google.com and the same search on each sometimes yields different results. If I go to yahoo.com and want to sign up for an email account it gives me luzer@yahoo.ca, and mebbe I don't want that one. I'm not going to bother to mask my IP just for this (and how many users know how?), I doubt there is anything nefarious in these examples, but the net is already becoming increasingly segmented along national lines even in the free world. Prof. Geist gives examples (and there are numerous others) of Canadian court gag-orders that were got around by hosting websites outside the country. One needn't imagine our courts or government or those of other democracies using chokepoints to block something they really don't want, eg: Yahoo and France. While Vint Cerf opined that such a total block is impossible, if you've only got a small minority of geeks and lucky folks able to access the global internet from a democracy, let alone a repressive regime, it more or less doesn't much matter. And ICANN controls the IP numbers (it has already rendered the DNS far less trustworthy), making it the best potential chokepoint of all. They've got nowhere to go but down.

    You're quite right that the net should not and will not be US-centric, estimates are that China won't only pass the US in internet users long before the end of the decade, it will pass all other users worldwide. Then what use will they have of ICANN (or a similar successor)? With the US being an early net adopter they've about topped out so other countries, some perhaps not nice, will pass them too. In a sense it will be a global internet, but not in the sense of all or even most users being able to move bits from here to there.

    BTW, the US Congress in 2002 passed [telephonetribute.com] a resolution that Italian-American Antonio Meucci had invented the telephone. The Canadian and presumably Scottish governments have yet to follow suit. Those pesky national boundaries. -g

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