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Re: <nettime> What do you think about .art?
michael gurstein on Sun, 11 Mar 2012 02:20:21 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> What do you think about .art?

While not disagreeing with Ted's overall pessimism as to the likely outcome
of this particular development it is well to note that the announcement
indicated that the decision was being made on behalf of the "global internet
community". Further, a key stated justification for the decision was NTIA's
demand that the IANA contractor - ICANN - must document that all new gTLD
delegations are in "the global public interest".

While as Ted suggests the NTIA (and the USG) are most certainly arrogating
to themselves (and to the governments of Russia, China, uncle Tom Cobley and
all) the right to define what is meant by and how to operationalize the
"global public interest" in this sphere, as we have just seen through the
backdown of the USG in the face of a truly massive (and unexpected
onslaught) concerning SOPA/PIPA there are folks out there--who with their
clout, numbers and smarts may be in a position to successfully take and
define an alternative position.

These are interesting times in Internet land.


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rob {AT} robmyers.org (Sat 03/10/12 at 06:25 PM +0000):

> Also, I demand a .marx domain.

The question's moot now because NTIA just announced that it was canceling 
the RFP for IANA:


In plainspeak, that means the US government was unhappy enough with ICANN 
to deny it the power to enter new gTLDs into the root. This will undermine
ICANN's legitimacy, maybe terminally. Once the IANA function is unbundled
from ICANN, what's left? An expensive, contoversial, and incompetent pseudo-
regulatory Californian legal entity masquerading as wannabe multilateral 

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