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

Barry Shein bzs at world.std.com
Thu Sep 18 15:21:39 EDT 2014

On September 18, 2014 at 19:33 parminder at itforchange.net (parminder) wrote:
 > Yes, after such intense consultations, they decide that the global 
 > public is ok with giving .health to a US organisation that promotes the 
 > interests of big pharma against cheap generic drugs, which is a matter 
 > of life and death to so many poor people, is likely to auction .book to 
 > Amazon as a closed generic, so that Amazon holds the rights to what can 
 > be called as a digital book, and so many other monstrosities...

There seems to be this idea floating around that new TLDs have some
higher purpose than just a place to register SLDs.

The idea has come up from time to time in a highly inconsistent manner
which feeds the confusion. So it's understandable. Much like people
imagine there's someone in charge of internet content in general.

Similar for .BOOK.

With some notable exceptions here and there (e.g., GAC non-binding
input) ICANN's process for new TLDs has been registry/registrar driven
and only rarely based on some strict notion of what should be done
with the TLD beyond perhaps keep to the implied theme at least until
registrations slow down.

Where there is some implied theme. One can look through the nTLD
applications for hints.

My favorite example: .CAMERA would seem to imply photography
equipment. Yet it also means "room" in Spanish. So would selling SLDs
to both the photography industry and hotels in Spanish speaking
countries violate an assumption as implied above?

My point being: What is any of this grousing based on? Beyond some
imagining of how one might otherwise base their own nTLD program if
they were in charge? Fantasy football.

        -Barry Shein

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