Stifling innovation and competition
As a practitioner in the field of Technology Risk for the last thirty years, I have been privileged to see the growth of the internet at first hand. The principles of open access and the internet as a resource for all have allowed the most rapid period of change and innovation ever seen, bringing huge benefits to commerce and to individuals. And now that the underlying infrastructure is sophisticated enough to provide enough speed and bandwidth, the growth of cloud-based solutions provides businesses large and small with new opportunities and business models. Within the virtual world, organisations and individuals establish themselves as trusted through what they do and what they say, and it is the open-ness of that world that drives genuine competition and innovation for everyone's benefit. To allow individual organisations to control sections of the internet ? and in particular to control the generic TLD "cloud" ? is anti-competitive and contrary to the very principles on which the internet was created. I urge ICANN to prevent this closed registry from being implemented. Phil Keown - Grant Thornton UK LLP http://www.grant-thornton.co.uk Grant Thornton UK LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales No.OC307742. A list of members is available from our registered office: Grant Thornton House, Melton Street, Euston Square, London NW1 2EP. Grant Thornton UK LLP is an independent financial adviser authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for investment business. Grant Thornton UK LLP is a member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (Grant Thornton International). References to 'Grant Thornton' are to the brand under which the Grant Thornton member firms operate and refer to one or more member firms, as the context requires. Grant Thornton International and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered independently by member firms, which are not responsible for the services or activities of one another. Grant Thornton International does not provide services to clients. The name 'Grant Thornton', the Grant Thornton logo and 'Instinct for growth' are trademarks of Grant Thornton International. All copyright is owned by Grant Thornton International, including the copyright in the Grant Thornton logo; all rights are reserved. This email (and any attachments) is confidential and may also be legally privileged. It is intended for the exclusive use of the intended recipient, if you are not the intended recipient, any copying, forwarding, printing or distribution of this email is prohibited and may be unlawful and any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance on the contents of this email or its attachments is at your own risk and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, Grant Thornton UK LLP accepts no responsibility or liability to you. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately, delete it from your system and destroy any copies of it (and any attachments). When addressed to our clients, any advice or opinion contained in this email (and any attachments) are subject to the terms and conditions expressed in the relevant governing engagement terms. While we have taken reasonable precautions to ensure that any attachment to this email has been swept for viruses, email communications cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error free as information can, inter alia, be corrupted, intercepted, lost or contain viruses. Grant Thornton UK LLP does not accept liability for such matter or their consequences. In communicating with you by email you accept these risks. Please note that communications sent by or to any person through our computer systems may be viewed by other Grant Thornton UK LLP personnel and agents. Anything in this email (and any attachments) which does not relate to Grant Thornton UK LLP's official business is neither given nor endorsed by Grant Thornton UK LLP. Where relevant, please note that, unless expressly stated otherwise, any written advice contained in, or attached to this email is not intended and cannot be used, by any person for avoiding any US penalties that may be imposed under the US Internal Revenue Service Code.