I don't see this as much of a smoking gun. ICANN posted the final report on Monday, see the icann.blog if you don't believe ICANN's claimed date of Monday (it is a Good Thing to not automatically believe what ICANN claims). I also got the above email from ISOC on Monday:|
Subject: PIR Board Call for Nominations
Date: 23 Sep 02 17:02:30
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So I'm not clear which happened first. Regardless, it is entirely possible that ISOC (and perhaps the other bidders) received notification somewhat in advance of it appearing on the ICANN website, I don't think that's a big deal. Besides, the letter states: As you are probably aware ISOC is one of the top contenders in the bid to be the new manager of the .ORG registry. That was about as true after the preliminary report as it is after the final report, except that only 5 bidders will be forwarded to the BoD. From the final report:
It is staff's view that, given the Board's express instructions that demonstrated ability in operating a TLD registry of significant scale and continuous stability of the .org registry must receive primacy of consideration, only those proposals that are ranked "A" by Gartner and that receive high scores under Criteria 1 (Need to preserve a stable, well-functioning registry) and 9 (Preserving a smooth transition) by Gartner should receive further consideration. These are ISOC, NeuStar, GNR, DotOrg and Register.org. Indeed, Gartner recommends in its covering letter that "ICANN select the next operator of the .org TLD from among" these "five candidates".One wonders how many of the other bidders would have bothered giving ICANN $29 thousand, and otherwise spent time, effort, and money on their bids if they knew that they didn't meet this primacy requirement. And the top 5 bidders are all established ICANN players, the first three are ICANN's largest new registries Afilias (.info), NeuStar (.biz), and GNR (.name), the latter two are both Register.com (until recently the second largest ICANN accredited registrar after VeriSign, and still probably number 3). Note that all three of those registries have had no end of problems, and register.com once showed its willingness to file suit against ICANN. So ICANN is replacing a monopoly with a cartel, I suppose that's progress.
Also note that the Gardner evaluation is taken as definitive, the other groups supposedly involved have fallen by the wayside, the academics weren't even asked, and the NCDNHC group is (typically) ignored. Those are just a few of a regiment of smoking guns in the .org redelegation. I'll point out some others later, time permitting. -g