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    Future Research Plans -- Additional Work on New TL
    by BenEdelman on Sunday May 19 2002, @05:27AM (#6449)
    User #3219 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman
    You offer an interesting laundry list of questions. Only some of them are amenable to my current data collection methods; you've no doubt noticed a certain trend in all my recent reports, i.e. discussion of some characteristic of a large number of domains, and then an automated reporting of example domains sharing that characteristic (be it "turned into a porn site by DomaniStrategy" or "registered with contact name John Kirkland"). Analyzing, for example, "UDRP abuses" isn't something I can do with my existing automated systems -- and while that to some extent sounds like the cart leading the horse, it accurately reflects the state of my data collection methods. I do what I can do, and for the moment I answer the questions I can answer with the work I can do.

    That said, I have been thinking about new TLD rollout and the way new TLDs are being used. There's lots to be studied, and I have actually begun thinking about specific data collection methods likely to lead to interesting results. However, I'm not yet sure what I'll find -- or how long it will take, for that matter.

    On the other questions raised -- I don't have many domains either. Some Berkman Center domains list me as their contact; I do have edelman.org, edelman.info, and ben.edelman.name. That's about it, as I recall.

    Finally, you suggested that I don't often put ICANN under serious scrutiny. You know, I honestly don't think that's fair. Going back to http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/ifwp/structure.html, the "IFWP Working Drafts Comparison" that I wrote with Lessig, Zittrain, and Shaffer Van Houweling in the summer of 1998, I looked critically at the "IANA Draft" and compared it in detail to what the White Paper and IFWP Consensus had called for. In http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/icann/analysis/fall99contracts/, "Analysis of Proposed ICANN Fall 1999 Contracts" which I drafted, I was in many respects critical of the proposed agreements, pointing out what I saw as a variety of shortcomings. More recently, I have submitted comments to ICANN that were critical of certain of their actions and perceived actions -- see this comment, for example. I pushed hard for comprehensive high-quality redundant webcast facilities for remote participants -- coming into conflict with those who might have preferred to spend money on other projects. Some people may see these facts differently, but as I see it I've been evenhanded with my concerns -- pointing out a variety of shortfalls and possible improvements that could and should be addressed both by ICANN and by others.
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