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    Its a good chance for us to see what IOD can do.
    by Anthony on Wednesday April 24 2002, @11:43PM (#5972)
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    I found ICANN to be biased against IOD. If it was not for Dr. Cerf having a trip of concience at the last moment, Afilias would be running .web now. The entire process seemed to be flawed perhaps even corrupt. Some of us were discussing Arthur Andersen's honesty well before Enron! (it was their recommendation that CORE companies were approved over IOD that was used against IOD even though CORE employed Arthur Andersen themselves). For five years (not since the beginning) I have watched IOD have an unfair run for their money. I have seen them blackballed by ICANN on many occasions. I have even seen ICANN choose to give .web to no one rather than swallow the pill and give it to IOD, while the Veresign / NSI monopoly grows bigger. ICANN has even changed its own by laws to protect itself from the votes of public opinion.

    What I have not seen is IOD in action. I have not seen whether they can do all that they claim nor whether they are actually any good at running a TLD. .web.us is not perfect but it is a useful platform. If .web.us mirrors .web then essentially .web will become active in all but the small print - literally ready to be approved by ICANN. If it is the success that IOD claim it will be then ICANN will have little argument against IOD.

    The .com shortage had been exacerbated by the pathetic inclusion of .aero .museum .biz and .info et al. and if one was being synical one could argue that the only benefit in rolling them out so very badly would be to benefit the established tld (which are of course run by the same people anyway). Certainly .info has taken nothing away from .com - I am not sure the same would have been true of .web.

    One thing is clear. There is a need for more TLDs. There has been a .us land rush and quite simply, it would not have occurred if everyone was happy with the presnet TLDs.

    The restiction of .web by ICANN is not acceptable (whoever runs it). There is no legitimate reason to withold it. If IOD can prove their worth with .web.us (rather than just turning it into a web page for example) then it will be hard to find an argument against them.
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    Its a good chance for us to see what IOD can do. by Anthony


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