[ALAC] IGO names: is this worth war?

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 14:45:29 UTC 2016

Hi Evan,

Thanks for the follow-up which got me smiling as I read through. I was
hoping to read from GNSO side of things based on the letter written by the
Board even though it would have been good that the IGO input gets sent
directly from the GNSO perhaps through the GAC instead of through the Board
(re: need for better intercommunity relationship without Board

Barring any further insight/data on this, I will maintain my being with
GAC's view point on this one.


Sent from my LG G4
Kindly excuse brevity and typos

On 1 Nov 2016 15:23, "Evan Leibovitch" <evan at telly.org> wrote:

> Hi Seun,
>> ICANN needs to remain sustainable, and funds is significantly sourced
>> from use of the TLDs. How does one then strike a balance on "not killing
>> creativity that comes from usage" and "preventing abuse through non-usage"
>> could be one of the puzzle around this.
> ​Oh I wish ... that there was true creativity in domain name use​. Once
> there was a system in .aero that could treat a FQDN to find flights between
> airports. And there were rumours that Amazon was looking to use one of its
> TLDs as a complex book catalog. Indeed, my educated guess is that there
> will be more innovation out of dot-brand and "closed" domains.
> But generally speaking, within conventional gTLDs, "innovation" has been
> little more than a variation of SEO... that is, using domain names as
> keywords rather than name lookups (ie, having widget.com pointing to your
> site that sells widgets). Genuine search engines do this better, which is
> why browsers use the same entry window for domain names as search terms.
> ​Sure, ICANN needs to be sustainable... but there are millions and
> millions of domains out there, and the loss of at most a few tens of
> thousand strings (at most, including all translations) from the available
> pool is not going to materially affect ICANN.
> Consider, by contrast, the loss to ICANN that would happen if it adopted
> the "use it or lose it" rule that guides most trademark law.
> The topic of "innovation in the DNS: wasted opportunity", is a separate
> conversation on its own (and possibly a doctoral thesis topic)​
>> Overall, it think it may be good to hear further details/briefing about
>> this from our GNSO liasion in other to make a more informed
>> contribution/decision.
> ​Sure, the more data points the better. But my instinct is that think
> you'll find the view of the GNSO ​to fairly well mirror the outrage in the
> DI article.
> - Evan
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