I received this e-mail from a member of the Afilias team who had become concerned at the way .info was being run and what the public did not know. It is a very reliable source which I can entirely corroborate, but equally as an Afilias insider this person needs protection of their privacy. I'm posting it verbatim (the authority for the comments is the person who made them, and not me). I have good reason to trust this person, and they know in detail the planning and events leading up to the Afilias Sunrise:
"Very privately, you should know that Moshe Fogel acted as interim CEO during the set up of Afilias. He acted in that capacity until an outside
CEO was hired. However, the new CEO did not work out and Hal volunteered to take his place *temporarily* : Moshe sat in on Policy discussions, it was expected that he would convey the rules for Sunrise to Liberty and that Liberty would put in the necessary sanity checks to have minimized the
incidence of fraudulent Sunrise registrations. I believe you will find that Moshe made questionable registrations during Sunrise, that his company
made many, and the other Afilias Accredited Registrar in Israel made still more. Do keep your source to yourself, please."
Why were "sanity" checks (to prevent obviously ineligible Sunrise applications) not implemented? Did companies associated with Afilias benefit as a result of this failure to communicate adequate safeguards?
I'm not aware of questionable registrations made for himself by Moshe Fogel in the Sunrise period, although I have drawn attention to ineligible applications (with 43 identical fake TMs) made by Galcomm in the Sunrise.
I'm not clear which other Israel registrar is being alluded to.
What I find concerning is that Afilias appear to have been aware of the need for sanity checks to root out clearly ineligible applications, but it appears that these sanity checks were never put in place.
I'm also left wondering why the person who as going to be CEO of Afilias quit suddenly, almost as soon as he'd arrived...
Would YOU have wanted to be CEO of a company operating in the way Afilias have operated?