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    Re: Stuart Lynn: On a Witch Hunt, Out For a Pound
    by Anonymous on Thursday July 12 2001, @11:55AM (#1222)
    You know, it occurs to me that Stuart Lynn’s anti-IOD bias couldn’t get any clearer, and as far as I am concerned, that cripples his credibility and the credibility of a very clumsy, very expensive and very scrutinized process. His policy paper regarding an authoritative root reads more like an impassioned diatribe against not only New.net, but IOD as well, by implication.

    However, IOD and New.net belong to a different species. In fact, IOD and ARNI (original .biz) are different species, even though they come from the same era.

    New.net appeared on the scene, operating OUTSIDE of the system employed by ICANN. IOD, on the other hand, has been operating within the system since before ICANN itself was created. IOD is hardly a registry-squatter as Lynn, Hans Kraaijenbrink and Frank Fitzsimmons would have you believe. The sad thing is, they have departed from DNS history in order to vilify IOD.

    IOD does not, and has never, sanctioned an alternate root. They inhabit one, however, because of a process initiated by IANA, in a root that was established as a test-bed so that database proficiency and stability could be demonstrated. Subsequently, the process was put on hold and ICANN directors the likes mentioned above, seem to think that the industry will forget history.

    Think about Stuart Lynn’s position piece recently published. If implicit in it is a warning to IOD that it will never see the insides of the Main Root, we have more clear evidence that bias exists. Lynn seems to be making a declaration and a judgment even before the second application has been submitted—and I’m sorry, but a fair and open process has no place for such a sensibility. That’s like a judge and jury determining their decision in advance of a trial.

    One doesn’t have to be a supporter of IOD to understand that such practice is egregious and specious.

    It is immoral, it is unprofessional, it is nothing short of a witch hunt. History has seen it before and we see it moving into place once again with a world of witnesses.

    It is politicking, it is grandstanding, it is begrudging, it is spiting – and it is moving ICANN further from its technical duties into some ambiguous, pseudo-moralistic realm. Yet ICANN is far from moral.

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