Much as I have been less than kind to Crawford and Johnson in their recent submission, I think they've hit the nail on the head with this one. What I think they miss, and I think most ICANNWatch editors and many Watchers, and even Joe Sims miss, is that whilst they debate how many angels can dance on the end of a dot, the real world is passing them by.|
The number of downloads of free/shareware P2P file sharing programs is in the tens of millions, the number of files those downloaders share is conservatively 10x that again. It matters not a whit what domain name they originate from, some come from a geocities account or jump.to address that is functional for a few hours, some come from an IP address with no associated domain name (or useful WHOIS record), many come from other sources too esoteric to go into for my present purposes, but they do exist, at least temporarily. Neither the providers nor users pay much attention to ICANN, even in the wildest dreams of its most hardcore BoD and staff members they would be at a loss to stop this traffic. We are arguing irrelevancies here, of academic interest only to the student or teacher most in need of grasping at straws.
Joe Sims may or may not get this, if he does perhaps that is why he is apparently going to retire. Short of pulling the plug and shutting down the net (and those using this newfangled internet thing in the way it was first intended know that there is no one plug, not even the ICANN root), there is no hope for the control freaks, the situation is entirely out of control. The consensus that everyone seeks and no-one can find is out there now, we consent to share bits. In the time it has taken me to write this, or you to read it, I have shared more binary data (which may be a picture or a music file or a DDoS attack or a political tract) than the entire contents of ICANNWatch.org and ICANN.org and the GA archives put together.
I'm sorry to tack this on to a Crawford and Johnson submission as I think that generally they are people who do get it, they usually bring up angles and viewpoints that I, and I suspect many others, wouldn't otherwise think of, but geez, let's cut to the chase. Nothing Joe Sims thinks, says, or does, has any power over me at all, and that goes for his client as well. If y'all want to consent that it be otherwise then feel free to do so, give them that power. But don't expect my sympathy when they use it on you. -g