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[Comment-Dnso] Re: [IFWP] Communications-related Headlines for (fwd)

JeffM and all,

  Yes this really points up the fact that the ICANN and the NTIA are seemingly
acting in complete and utter contempt for the White Paper and in direct
violation of the ICANN's own bylaws as well as the MoU.  Sort of reminds
one of hypocrisy, doesn't it?

Planet Communications Computing Facility wrote:

>          Can Anyone Organize the Internet? Yes, ICANN. (WSJ)
>          Internet Group Says Individuals Will Have to Wait (NYT)
> Issue: Internet
> [OP-ED] ICANN held its third board meeting, which wraps up today in Santiago,
> Chile. Ester Dyson wrote of the agenda of this meeting by stating that ICANN
> was set up to make the protocols of the Internet work. She said ICANN is
> making decisions concerning "policies for the allocation of domain names in
> the .com, .net and org 'top level' domains -- for now, the most popular
> ones. Our challenge is to find some consensus on where to draw the line
> between 'abusive' registrations, in which someone is stealing the value
> created by someone else's trademark -- and cases where someone in good faith
> has registered a name that may be someone else's trademark." Dyson continued
> by saying that the Internet originally grew by market rules but that it
> cannot continue for two reasons. First, she said, "the old system is no
> longer working so smoothly. Like it or not, governments around the world --
> not just the U.S. -- want to see someone 'in charge'." Secondly she stated,
> "Moving from monopoly to an open market is a complicated process, as
> experience in the telephone market has taught. In the long run, the market
> will work, but making the transition requires oversight." Dyson said that
> there may be other alternatives to the trademark/domain name issue in the
> future -- so that people are not battling over the few names ending with
> .com. "In addition to .com, .net and .org, do we want .store,
> .air for airlines or .fin for financial institutions?" she asked. "That
> would provide
> some competition for .com, and competition is the best market regulator."
> Dyson ended by saying, "Icann's challenge is to help that happen
> smoothly -- and not to get so wedded to fixing the current system that it
> can't recognize the value of something better."
> [SOURCE: Wall Street Journal, A18, AUTHOR: Esther Dyson is the president of
> Edventure Holdings and interim chairman of Icann]
> (http://interactive.wsj.com/articles/SB935619569495464879.htm)
> Issue: Internet
> Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet's
> new governing body, has again rejected request to create a membership group
> that would represent individual Internet domain name owners. ICANN has
> plans to adopt a policy for resolving domain name disputes at its board
> meeting, which is being held at the University of Chile this week. Critics
> say that the proposal on the table, which was written without input from an
> official voice of individual Internet user and non-commercial interests,
> favors major trademark holders over individuals and small businesses.
> "Given that individuals are the single largest group of Internet users, it
> is remarkable that substantive issues that speak directly to the rights of
> domain name holders are being resolved with neither individuals nor
> non-commercial users being represented," wrote Mikki Barry of the Domain
> Name Rights Coalition.
> [SOURCE: CyberTimes, AUTHOR: Jeri Clausing]
> (http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/08/cyber/articles/26domain.html)


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