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    Re: VeriSign, Euro Registires Want ICANN Scaled Ba
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 01 2002, @12:52PM (#8278)
    Remind me who supports ICANN these days?

    Well, when it comes to ideas like the WLS, I do. This isn't "Star Wars" -- ICANN, like most real-world organizations, can be right about one thing and wrong about another.

    The WLS situation goes to the heart of why I'm still undecided about ICANN. They're definitely a bunch of screw-ups, but if we give VeriSign all the unfettered imitation free-market "power to innovate" they want, they're going to create a re-centralized, overpriced registry that's even more unfair than the one we've got now. There won't be any room in .com for other registrars or independent registrants.

    My gut says we need somebody watching over the registries, or we'll just be ceding more ground to the megacorporations. It's getting hard enough for the proverbial Little Guy to get a message out to the world; without some sort of oversight, VeriSign becomes the de facto gatekeeper of the Internet, and anybody using the Net to communicate becomes subject to their whims.

    At the very least, ICANN has accomplished something by forcing VeriSign to acknowledge dissenting opinions from other registrars, and countered VeriSign FUD by encouraging alternate "business models" in registries like .coop and .name. I'm actually beginning to think that ICANN's most useful function is as a forum for dissent against Verisign.
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    Sorry, didn't mean to post anonymosly!
    by Undecided on Thursday August 01 2002, @12:56PM (#8279)
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    I thought I was logged in when I posted that. Guess I should pay more attention to what screen I'm on.
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    Re: VeriSign, Euro Registires Want ICANN Scaled Ba
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday August 02 2002, @08:07AM (#8311)
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    Seeing ICANN vs. VeriSign as competing entities is largely a false dichotomy. VeriSign is ICANN's primary source of funds. What stand has ICANN taken on the WLS? When VeriSign first suggested the WLS, it met widespread opposition. Instead of declaring it dead for want of consensus, ICANN keeps it going and gives VeriSign another chance. VeriSign makes a few changes and meets with approximately the same widespread opposition. Again, ICANN gives them another chance. VeriSign again makes a few changes and meets with, if anything, growing opposition. And where is it? Still on the ICANN agenda. Most stakeholders have said they don't want it, loudly and repeatedly, why is it still hanging around 8 months after it was proposed? I give it at least an equal chance that ICANN will OK the WLS, perhaps after it is given a few more tweaks. ICANN has to be seen as opposing VeriSign, but that is more perceived than real. -g
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