[At-Large] Protest at tomorrow's ICANN meeting

Karl Auerbach 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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