[NA-Discuss] Susan Crawford Op-ed on new gTLDs

Garth Bruen at Knujon.com gbruen at knujon.com
Mon Jan 9 15:37:30 UTC 2012

Thanks for forwarding this article, but I wonder at Crawford's arguments. 
The first focus of it appears to be on internationalized domains which, to 
my knowledge, is not the major complaint. In fact, in practice many 
countries already have their own local subnets in other character sets and 
simply want to place them in the general DNS. The idea that the U.S. Gov't 
wants to and could stop IDNs is unrealistic and not what I've seen in the 
debates so far, it's a misleading opener.

As for "a group of people and companies (led by the Association of National 
Advertisers) that isn't happy with the results of the ICANN process is 
taking a second bite at the apple", I ask, what was the first bite? It seems 
to me that trademarks have been trampled for years in DNS and consumers end 
up paying the price with fraud, counterfeit products, and abuse.

Crawford wants us to consider "the 5 billion people who aren't yet online." 
I consider them potential victims of system which will easily overwhelm them 
without proper protections.

I also take issue with her assertion that "ICANN operates by consensus" when 
ALACs advice is ignored.

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