FW: Beijing Failure
Resent from personal email to avoid spam filters Dear, ICANN having followed the process reasonably carefully from a distance, it is clear that process was swamped with Lobbying of English speaking public interest groups and that most of the issues relating to IDN and Asia simply got drowned out. ICANN is setting itself up for the single largest institutional failure in its history, and there have been a few. The issue surround permitting the IDN Transliteration of existing gTLDs. The potential user confusion is obvious. Even Verisign has clearly recognised that in its comments that right of existing registrants of IDN.com need to be protected. However, the issue extends far beyond the rights of registrants which have been largely ignored, but extend to the potential of enormous systemic phishing due to the creation of audibly identical gTLDs in a number of scripts which represent all the biggest registries. The only way to mitigate this problem is contractually bind the registries of these Dot Com, Dot Net, Dot Org and Dot Info domains to bundle the second level domain strings with the original ASCII registrations in PERPETUITY. Furthermore, to avoid Anti-Trust issues the cost of registering Dot Com transliterations domains be controlled in a similar manner to that of the original Dot Com registry. The obvious way to do this would be ensure that registrars can only create the Transilerated IDNs where they hold the existing second level string. Furthermore, the functionality of the Transliteration should be provided that reflects the cost of the service being provided as no new Intellectual Property is being created. This approach does not negate the economic benefit to registry because it is still extending it market across new languages and scripts. Indeed, the appeal of a global representation of the original gTLD without the introduction of user confusion should have enormous marketing benefits. In many respects all the arguments that apply singular and plurals as well as IDN Variants also apply to IDN.com and their Transliterations. This could either be the making of the New gTLD programme or a complete train wreck that ultimately results in endless legal suits and the destruction of not only ICANN's credibility but also the existence of ICANN itself. Failure to contractually bind Verisign to commitments that it has already made will be the single biggest mistake that the ICANN Board will have made in its entire history. Best Regards Dave Wrixon BSc (Hons) DMS CEng MICE MIStruct E Contracts Manager Structures Asset Management Carillion CARILLION VALUES Openness - Collaboration - Mutual Dependency - Professional Delivery -Sustainable Profitable Growth - Innovation This e-mail transmission, including any attachments, is confidential to the intended recipient. It may contain privileged and confidential information. If you have received this e-mail in error, please delete it and notify the postmaster@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. You must not disclose its contents to anyone,retain, copy, distribute or take action in reliance upon it. Carillion may monitor outgoing and incoming e-mails. By replying to this e-mail you give your consent to such monitoring Carillion plc: Registered in England No. 3782379 Registered Office: Birch Street Wolverhampton WV1 4HY.