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    Re: Update on Blokzijl's possible conflict of inte
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday May 20 2002, @04:31PM (#6458)
    User #2810 Info
    And let us not forget that the .org RFP specifies that in the case of, for example, us.org:
    All two-character labels shall be initially reserved. The reservation of a two-character label string shall be released to the extent that the Registry Operator reaches agreement with the government and country-code manager, or the ISO 3166 maintenance agency, whichever appropriate.The Registry Operator may also propose release of these reservations based on its implementation of measures to avoid confusion with the corresponding country codes.
    I am unclear what this would mean for sites like us.org, which presenty resolves to here, but wonder if Dr. Blokzijl took part in any discussions or voting on this restritive retrofitting, given that us.com, which redirects to CentralNic, is not subject to the same restriction. Apparently, the .org draft was due to be finalized today. -g
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    Re: Update on Blokzijl's possible conflict of inte
    by Anonymous on Tuesday May 21 2002, @12:21PM (#6464)
    This type of discussions do not put the substance of his comments and the following board decision away. The simple fact that operating 10-12 .org-roots around the globe is a substantial more complex task than the same amount in one single country (e.g. all under 1 legal jurisdiction) is not going away with a termination of Blokzijls board membership. Any reconvened ICANN BoD would revote again along the same line and become neutral against the nature of the organisation running the registry.

    BTW Blokzijl is also on the advisory board of Nominet, the non-profit .UK-registry, operating also at the 3 million names scale. From the ICANN-board members he is the one with the best view and experience of running such an operation at that scale.

    Therefore, statements of Blokzijl on this subject are convincing to the other less-knowledgeable board members.
    It is extremely clear for me why Milton Mueller has picked him for a defamation run, stating that he considered Blokzijls remarks as the one that flipped the vote. However there is no evidence that other directors where planning to vote against the "neutral decision". And as Milton was not in Accra, he is not able to argue from facial expressions of board members that Blokzijl was busy in an act of convincing other board members to take his side.
    Interestingly however that Blokzijl's vote was cast as the last one, after Wilson and Auerbach voted for neutral over the telephone.

    I am quite curious what happens when an for-profit registry wins the bidding contest for .org. I think they will not the receive the $5,000,000 bonus from Verisign, thus the "neutral" decision of the board still allows a non-profit with the 5 million endowment, while a for profit has to earn this money.

    If you want to hide a Conflict of Interest, you do not invite your wife to an ICANN meeting, registering as a NeuLevel-employee.

    The CoI is only demonstrated if both were aware that NeuLevel was preparing to bid for ".org". An allegation (4 persons working on it) stated by Milton Mueller, that I have to believe on his blue eyes, smelling like hear say.

    Secondly, it is also interesting to see that Karl Auerbach dared to vote on this issue, as he is greatly supported and fired in his quest to dumb down ICANN by the Alternative Root community, a set of for-profit operators that would be excluded from the initial non-profit conditions, but is now also allowed to bid for the .org registry.

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