[At-Large] Opera now lets you ditch boring web links and use emojis instead

sivasubramanian muthusamy 6.internet at gmail.com
Wed Feb 23 23:19:14 UTC 2022

On Thu, Feb 24, 2022, 02:56 Evan Leibovitch via At-Large <
at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 21, 2022 at 6:19 PM Barry Shein via At-Large <
> at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org> wrote:
>> As I've said for decades: Notice that WIPO, USPTO, et al don't allow
>> you to just register and squat on interesting strings. Or have rules
>> which make that a useless endeavor ("use it or lose it", etc.)
>> That's not due to a lack of imagination.
> And yet ICANN knew better, deliberately avoiding the same ethos. Here, any
> collection of symbols is a commodity suitable for rent-seeking (both
> literally and figuratively). Barry even demonstrated this point by
> indicating that the new unregulated emoji system is ripe for exploitation,
> a necessary element truly to bring it inline with everything else in
> today's DNS.
> That was my first clue coming in that ICANN's main non-technical policy
> function was (and still is) to legitimize the grift. Unfortunately it took
> me nearly a decade to figure out that At-Large as currently constituted,

cowed by budget restraints

It is a little tricky to discuss the need for sufficient funding for alac,
because it gives room for convoluting the discussion as one for more
'travel funding' as has happened before. However it is imperative to
amplify such a call as it is a core flaw in the design of the ICANN
multistakeholder process. ALAC needs a liberal allocation as money in a
bank account that the Chair could draw almost at will.  ALAC without funds
to operate, without funds to support At large, without funds for any
programs, while the other parts of the ICANN community is affluent or
powerful several fold, is an end user constituency (the Civil Society part
in the multistakeholder process) that is not properly seated in the room
with the respect and importance that it merits.

and the need to be loved by the grifters, provides cover for them while
> perfecting the art of bikeshedding. What I thought was a glimmer of light
> last year -- funds allocation to do an end-user survey about trust -- has
> been co-opted by this culture and (at the time I disengaged) had mutated
> into market research for Universal Acceptance. So much for hope.
> Just my opinions of course.
> - Evan
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