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[ NNSquad ] Strong disappointment with Google's implicit endorsement of ICANN's gTLD expansion

        Strong disappointment with Google's implicit endorsement 
                       of ICANN's gTLD expansion


A posting today in the Official Google Blog discusses Google's
participation in the ICANN gTLD expansion program ( http://j.mp/KhMsup ).

It is signed by Vint Cerf, but I'll bet you dollars to donuts he was
"drafted" into signing onto this corporate statement. It is very
carefully worded, but still has the effect of implicitly endorsing
ICANN's essentially extortionist TLD scheme. It is obvious that Google
could not ignore this process, and needed to at least apply for TLDs
that represent its various products, services, and trademarks.

Still, I believe this statement went too far into effectively
endorsing a corrupt process, after ICANN's outgoing CEO himself
declared that the ICANN board of directors was rife with relevant
conflict of interests.

This situation is made all the more dangerous since ICANN's abusive
behavior in these regards is a driving force pushing many countries to
propose UN/ITU control of the Internet, which would be disastrous and
that most technology leaders (including Google) have been wisely

My writings on the problems with ICANN's TLD approach and the need for
alternatives go back many years, and can be found most easily through
this search: http://j.mp/KhMFO3  (Google Search)

More later as appropriate.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com

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