[At-Large] Protest at tomorrow's ICANN meeting
karl at cavebear.com
Thu Mar 17 19:02:03 UTC 2011
On 03/17/2011 11:43 AM, Neil Schwartzman wrote:
> The .xxx proposal strikes me as nothing more than a cash-grab to milk
> money out of <X>
I inserted <X> because pretty much every enterprise - from Google to
United Airlines to Pet Rocks to Pets.com is "a cash-grab to milk money
out of <X>".
If people who are being asked to buy .xxx names do, as they voluntarily
may do, not buy names in .xxx then .xxx will fail.
Normal economic forces are adequate here; we do not net YARA - Yet
Another Regulatory Agency - to be our overlord and master, or our nanny.
The authority that people are investing into ICANN to give it the power
to refuse .xxx is an authority that is dangerous.
ICANN is already a dog being wagged by the intellectual property
protection industry, the registry industry (particularly Verisign),
government bureaucrats to extend their powers into realms that they do
not constitutionally possess, etc.
Isn't it time to defang that dog; to turn ICANN from a rabid pit bull,
willing to bite anything its masters don't like, into a stuffed fuzzy
toy that does exactly one thing - assure the technical stability of the
internet domain name system?
ICANN's one and only job in the domain name space ought to be to assure
that at the root level of DNS that domain name query packets are
efficiently, accurately, and reliably turned into domain name reply
packets without bias against any query client or query question.
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