December 04, 2006

The draft report makes welcome progress, but still puts lots of hurdles in the way of new top-level domains.

Since the individual Internet user (as putatively represented by the At-Large Advisory Committee) is not in a GNSO constituency, I've been getting up to ask lots of questions. As a general matter, I think ICANN should stay as far from the semantics of domain name strings as possible. Once ICANN sets itself up as arbiter of strings' "public policy" or "morality," it seems to me it's just inviting hold-up to the application process.

Remote Participation: Kieren McCarthy has set up an ICANN aggregate webspace at; there's IRC chat at ; and webcasts are linked (schedule); ICANN page.

Next up, WHOIS.

Posted by Wendy at December 04, 2006 12:48 PM | TrackBack

Extra gTLDs are basically the way ICANN mints money for registrars by creating new virtual real estate, and hoping companies will register domains like ibm.foobar just to avoid the protracted legal battles of confronting cybersquatters. That said, most people have wised up to this racket - the new gTLDs like .aero represent less than 0.1% of .com or .net.

Posted by: Fazal Majid on December 5, 2006 01:40 AM
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