[governance] [govenance] The domain name racket goes on

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Thu Sep 18 09:03:05 EDT 2014

On Thursday 18 September 2014 06:10 PM, Norbert Klein wrote:
> Thanks, Louis.
> How long will it still be possible to LOL?

As long as a certain section of IG civil society remains so ingratiated 
with ICANN that they will never speak up anything that can lead to any 
real structural change in the ICANN, and make it really responsible to 
the global public. The quid pro quo of course being that ICANN spends a 
part of the money currying favour with this section of the civil society.

I know this kind of thing is normally not said in the polite society of 
global IG, but what the heck... The loot cannot go on. And if those who 
are supposed to be the watch dogs turn pets, it must be called out in 
the larger public interest...


> And how transparent is it where these dollars go?
> I remember there were some time not conclusive discussions about staff 
> perks (some working on TLD system development), and some discussion 
> about staff salaries or "benefits" - ICANN is a non-profit.
> So am I.
> What I have done from 1994 to more recently to connect the country to 
> the Internet, to get the Cambodian script into Unicode, to help to 
> organize the creation of localized Khmer Open Source software (now the 
> official software for the Ministry of Education and everything under 
> it in Teachers Training Colleges, Provincial Offices of Education, and 
> schools that have computer), all that was also non-profit.
> But at the end, ICANN seems to have a lot of money.
> Norbert Klein
> Cambodia
> On 9/18/2014 7:17 PM, Louis Pouzin (well) wrote:
>> Results Available for 17 September 2014 Auction.
>> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-17sep14-en 
>> Four applicants for BUY participated in the Auction. Amazon EU S.à 
>> r.l. prevailed in the Auction with the winning price of *$4,588,888.
>> *
>> Six applicants for TECH participated in the Auction. Dot Tech LLC 
>> prevailed in the Auction with the winning price of *$6,760,000*.
>> Five applicants for VIP participated in the Auction. Top Level Domain 
>> Holdings prevailed in the Auction with the winning price of 
>> *$3,000,888*.
>> Remember. ICANN is non-profit and no tax. LOL.
>>   .
>> Louis

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