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[ NNSquad ] Re: [ PFIR ] As predicted -- .xxx TLD is all about money, not "helping the Net"
Forwarded with permission. ----- Forwarded message from Mark Shaw [email suppressed by request] ----- Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:21:03 +0000 From: Mark Shaw [ ] Subject: Re: [ PFIR ] As predicted -- .xxx TLD is all about money, not "helping the Net" To: firstname.lastname@example.org On 20 Dec 2012, at 06:04, PFIR (People For Internet Responsibility) Announcement List wrote: > As predicted ... the .xxx gTLD, like most of the new gTLDs coming from > ICANN, are really almost entirely about extorting money via protective > registrations. Sadly Nominet is proposing to do the same with direct.uk, allowing new registrations directly under .uk at four times the cost without giving existing co.uk registrants priority. http://www.nominet.org.uk/go/directuk This comes just months after raising £3m auctioning off reserved two letter co.uk domains as supposedly the shortest available. Dressing up direct .uk registrations as improving security is a deceptive tactic to encourage support for a scheme that has been rejected in the past, and only serves to undermine trust in existing co.uk registrations. Of course, that means all the more registrations at quadruple the price for direct.uk. The DNS was supposed to be a simple directory service, but the domain industry has turned it into a confusing mess aimed at extracting as much money as possible without thought for the end user. It is depressing that a system that had such noble beginnings has been reduced to this. Regards, Mark ----- End forwarded message ----- --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (email@example.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info Founder: - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com/privacy-info - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org 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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