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    Re: Reconsideration Committee approves pops.int
    by jamielove (james.love at cptech.org) on Thursday June 27 2002, @12:22AM (#7516)
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    This is a very important enviromental treaty, and the failure to approve pops.int was holding up a entire generation of public informaton that was to have the URL. It is unbelievable that ICANN tells UN organizations what they can do on .int.

    Jamie Love
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    Re: Reconsideration Committee approves pops.int by jamielove
    Re: Reconsideration Committee approves pops.int
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday June 27 2002, @06:43AM (#7523)
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    jamielove writes:
    This is a very important enviromental treaty,
    At the risk of being repetitive and off topic, this will be the second time I've mentioned I was one of the first members of Greenpeace, and have otherwise been involved in environmental issues for a few decades, so I do somewhat understand its importance.

    The fact that POPs is a treaty was one of the sticking points. .int sLDs are not intended for treaties, they are for treaty organizations. And if they were for treaties, the POPs treaty wasn't in effect at the time of the application. After asking for additional information the reconsideration committee decided to creatively interpret the rules, as ICANN did with .eu.

    and the failure to approve pops.int was holding up a entire generation of public informaton that was to have the URL.
    That is absurd, unless the POPs secretariat, in a fit of pique, decided to withhold information until they got the URL they wanted. You seem to have missed the intent of my satirical comment regarding their apparent need for pops.int, rather than the much longer pops.un.int. I'll try to be even more heavy-handed. Perhaps they were attempting to stave off environmental disaster by using less ink on their business cards and letterhead. WTF is wrong with them using the much longer version until such time as they properly fit the .int criteria, at which time they can use a redirect to their much shorter and sexier name? Does this UN secretariat have nothing better to do with its time and money than throw a snit because they were missing out on the prestige of an sLD? Well, luckily the internet sees such cluelessness as damage and routes around it. A Google on the exact phrase "Persistent Organic Pollutants" returns over 30,000 hits.
    It is unbelievable that ICANN tells UN organizations what they can do on .int.
    In fairness, the specification for who is allowed .int sLDs was laid out before ICANN's existence, they inherited it with the IANA function, it is based on an RFC authored by Jon Postel. If UN bureaucrats want (I won't say need) a flatter namespace, there's nothing (including ICANN) stopping them from changing the specifications. -g




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