[ga] The .info "abomination" - questions still unanswered
As well as the case of DomainBank and the ineligible submissions they made to Afilias (for $15000) there were many other cases of registrar and registry misconduct. For over 250 days Dan Halloran has hidden away and refused to respond on any of these or on the role of ICANN in relationship to its own Agreements, its accreditation of registrars, and its duty to oversee the fair distribution of the DNS to the general public.
For a detailed exposee of some of the matters of great concern (or as an introduction to the scope and scale of the abuse by some registrars and Afilias Board members in the .info roll-out) go to:
I would like to see a detailed investigation of these serious allegations.
I also await the Registry Evaluation Reports which Afilias were obliged to submit under Appendix U of their ICANN-Registry Agreement.
These Registry Reports should have provided vital data for the NewTLD Evaluation Process. Instead, they have never materialised. The Appendix U stated clearly that nearly all of these report details could be published by ICANN. The Reports were due in mostly 6 months ago, and in some cases 9 months ago.
I have repeatedly asked Stuart Lynn to publish these Registry Reports. I asked him in May. I asked him in the Summer. I asked him in the Autumn. It is now 2003.
He says, "ICANN has been busy and hasn't had time to put them online." Sorry, but copy-paste-FTP, and they could be up in half an hour or less. My 12 year old daughter runs her own website - she'll do it for you if you like!
But more seriously: how can the various ICANN constituencies seriously engage in an informed participation, if central data is withheld? And isn't the Evaluation of the NewTLDs an important matter?
There has been no attempt to defend or account for the abuse of process, and failure of process, that accompanied the .info roll-out. No accountability. No recognition that people suffered loss. No apology. Not even a response to many of these concerns (example: over 250 days since some of these concerns were expressed to Dan Halloran requesting a response and action. Outcome: total silence. Not even the courtesy of an acknowledgement, even when the mail was posted on IcannWatch, posted on the GA list, and re-posted to him several times.)
In the context of such lack of responsiveness and accountability, it is small wonder that many people are dismayed that the ICANN Board has chosen to EXPEL the democratically-elected representatives of the At Large (User) community from the Board Room.
Many questions are still unanswered.