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[ NNSquad ] Re: Priorities Amuck: ICANN Poised to Trigger Naming Quagmire
Spectrum, the DNS, patenting ideas …
When you start with a false premise – the idea that the DNS as we know it is a directory and is stable – why not take it to the next step?
George Carlin just expired –does that mean his wit will die too the when his DNS name expires? And why do we continue to perpetuate the idea of the DNS is Procrustes’ trademark system?
The more you buy into the really bad idea of denying people ownership of their identity the more confusion there is – at what point does the whole fetid mess sink into the mass of ambiguity which it tries to deny? For that matter why assume that JohnSmith.com is the real John Smith?
We continue to try to treat ideas as physical property be it spectrum or the DNS. For that matter today’s patent system has extended itself into protecting ideas as long as you can concoct a “machine” that implements them. The DNS goes a step further in not only pretending that the identifiers are simple property like a clump of earth but then missing the point of property by denying real ownership.
Too bad this name grab won’t be enough to get people to try to understand concepts like binding and ambiguity. If anything, this is an example of the tendency to take a bad idea and “fix” it by taking it a step further. After all, if you’re remote controls don’t work together we just make each one a better silo rather than recognizing that the problem is the silo itself.
Priorities Amuck: ICANN Poised to Trigger Naming Quagmire
Greetings. With all of the high-priority issues we face today
regarding the Internet --like assuring network neutrality, or even
getting decent Internet services to the 80% of the world's
population that doesn't have them now -- it's distressing to see
that ICANN is poised tomorrow to potentially trigger a confusing and
likely highly litigious, wasteful, and disruptive land grab in new
global top-level domain names (gTLDs) --
( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7468855.stm ).
While ICANN's theoretical rationale for loosening up the domain name
environment is not utterly without merit, the likely real world
implications of a relative flood of new top-level domain names
should be pretty obvious to even a casual observer of the Net over
Everybody and his brother will want a top-level name. ICANN will be
deluged with applications. Clever crooks will find ways to game the
application and auction processes in league with shady registries.
Name confusion and phishing will rise to new heights. Full
employment for lawyers is guaranteed, as trademark disputes -- and
other legal disputes filed against ICANN's decisions regarding
particular names, balloon to capture as much oxygen as possible.
The dot-ex-ex-ex controversy and related censorship concerns
associated with the horrible idea of a sex-centric TLD will rise yet
again from the grave.
And through it all, ICANN will be spinning its wheels with a
complicated and expensive process while so many more important
Internet issues are rotting essentially ignored on the sidelines
( http://icann.org/topics/new-gtld-program.htm ).
ICANN needs to get over their "domain names as issue #1" fetish once
and for all. Some minor relaxation of the gTLD structure is
probably warranted, but not the waste of time, money, and other
resources that their current plan seems sure to trigger -- and we
could definitely live without the consumer confusion and risks that
will arise from this mess as well.
Enough is enough. It's time for ICANN to get its priorities straight.
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