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    The Finkelstein Column is the FUD
    by lextext on Saturday January 27 2007, @08:45AM (#16909)
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    I appreciate the fact that for an editorial Seth is working under the typical 500 word constraints, but he dismisses the value of a new TLD too easily: "Too much of the punditry about this consists of repeating clichés about kids and red lights." You can't dismiss the many arguments about using labeling to identify content in one sentence by calling them cliches.

    And to dismiss a new TLD because "it provides no additional technical value" is to keep the name space flat at .COM, .NET and .ORG for eternity. No new TLD provides any additional technical value. They are all intended to provide additional user choice for naming and identification. That's all.

    Does this have value to users? Of course it does. It allows people who wish to identify their content with finer detail than whether they are commercial or an organization to have an appropriate extension. It also allows the receivers of content to have a better understand of what sort of content to expect. .TRAVEL, .JOB, .MUSEUM, .AERO -- whatever their relative merits -- perform a similar function. You may not choose to use it, but those who do see the value.


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    Content should not be ICANN's concern
    by KarlAuerbach on Saturday January 27 2007, @05:30PM (#16912)
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    ICANN's purpose is to ensure that the upper tiers of the domain name system operates reliably, efficiently, and accurately as measured by the transformation of doman name query packets into domain name response packets.

    ICANN's attempts to inquire into the content and purpose of domain names is an exercise well beyond ICANN's purpose and transforms ICANN from a needed technical protective role into that of an internet content nanny.

    The idea that a private organization, a combination of incumbent business interests that excludes the public, can sit and decide who may and who may not enter a business marketplace, dictate product descriptions and prices, and impose conditions upon customers, is an idea that is repugnant to our notions of fair and open competition. .XXX may not be the most felicitious of purposes, but the people who are promoting it have a right to engage in any non-illegal business without having to submit their plans for the approval of ICANN.

    My own complaint about .XXX is that there are so many other worthy applications - including 40 left over and still pending from year 2000 - that deserve at least as much consideration, and approaval, as .XXX has obtained.

    The obscenity about .XXX is not the content. Rather it is the way in which the US Government launders the policy of right-wing religious groups through a private corporation, ICANN. This damages our system of Constitutional government, erodes the distinction between public and private actors, and eliminates the safety checks that we have learned are necessary to control executive administrative agencies.
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