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    by Anonymous on Thursday December 27 2001, @12:21PM (#4412)
    http://www.miami.edu/veritas/dec99/whatsnews.html

    Professor creates web site to monitor domain names

    Law professor Michael Froomkin and two other colleagues have created a web site designed to monitor the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is in charge of the sensitive task of assigning Internet addresses for companies as well as individuals and organizations.

    "ICANN wants to be the authority to control rules about how domain names are assigned," says Froomkin. "We're trying to showcase concerns that people have about this process; particularly we want to make sure that those trying to protect their interests don't make it difficult for others."

    ICANN's policies and procedures have been controversial from the start. Froomkin claims that the methods for allocating domain names aren't clear, and that they are being designed by engineers and others who don't completely understand the process.

    In order to monitor ICANN, Froomkin, along with David Post, an associate professor of law at Temple University, and David J. Farber, a professor of telecommunication systems at the University of Pennsylvania, established ICANN Watch, which monitors the organization's activities and serves as a clearinghouse for information about ICANN's actions and policies.

    Part of the reason the professors are concerned about ICANN's policies and procedures is because they fear that the process could become one in which upstarts could be restricted or eliminated from the Internet by their more powerful competitors.

    Froomkin used the example of Internet contracts, by which access to the Internet could be restricted if users don't strictly adhere to all the stipulations. At present, the system is free of such procedures.

    "Our role is to serve as a central point of reference, a kind of hill overlooking the often chaotic information landscape, from which anyone seeking a better understanding of these developments can survey the ever-changing terrain," says Froomkin.
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