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    Re: Survey of Usage of the .BIZ TLD
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday June 24 2002, @09:51PM (#7439)
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    No, my prediction could include new players, but yes, restricted in the sense that we will see, if any at all, only restricted TLDs (that is, more restricted than the supposedly open .biz, even if they were policing their restrictions, and perhaps more restricted than the restricted TLDs of the first round), and probably sponsored vs. unsponsored (see ICANN here regarding the terms), though ICANN will still attempt to dictate and control the sponsors' policies.

    And no, I don't think that is illegal in my country, which happens to be Canada at any rate. Speaking of countries though, with ICANN at best continuing its glacial pace on new TLDs, the ccTLDs will have time to mature and grow, and as ICANN's blueprint does them few favors (I only spell like I'm in the US), I can see greater impetus than ever for the ccTLDs to go it on their own. That is, create a root of all the ccTLDs, or those signing on, then add ICANN's gTLDs (and those ccTLDs not signing on) as an afterthought, but only if they play nice. I don't see this happening any time soon, but it doesn't have to if ICANN is going nowhere fast. ccTLDs are generally far more responsive to their own communities than ICANN is to the global community, I think getting more involved in the issues of one's own ccTLD, both to the extent that its governance allows it, and via one's national government, is a Good Thing. Stronger ccTLDs can help to slow ICANN (and its gTLDs) excesses. This is true of privacy, dispute resolution, marketing tactics, consumer protection, and a host of other concerns that may be at odds with ICANN's US-centric worldview.

    M. Stuart Lynn has stated that ICANN is not a democracy. Some of our countries still are and we'd better use it or lose it. ICANN was deserving of a chance to run a global meritocracy, rough consensus and running code. Well, there is no rough consensus, the code would run regardless, and ICANN has shown itself to be entirely bereft of merit. The experiment is over, that patient is dead, putting more energy into it just causes involuntary twitches, leaving a zombie to lurch and flail about. Think global but act local. -g

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