[gnso-vi-feb10] Harms Project Draft
All, I have made my first pass at drafting the harms that have been mentioned, discussed, presented, whispered since the beginning of the VI discussions a few years ago. I believe I have captured most of the harms but this list is not final or complete, just a draft and a start. I have used ICANN presentations, DAG comments, and other GNSO lists as well as one on one discussion. I have copied some of the main sources of the harms list in the document itself and have the links if anybody cares to read the complete source documents. I specifically did not mention market power or list harms that are exclusive to market power, but that was just a choice I made, if others want to add on to the list, please feel free, remember this is brainstorming mode. The one harm I did specifically leave out is the strategy of auctions of premium names or the initial holding back of reserved names. The decision to hold back premium names and auctions is an action by the Registry will occur regardless of VI/CO and is not a consequence or result of VI/CO. You can read the recent TLD strategy put out by Afilias (RACK supporter) here where they say this is an important strategy in launching your TLD. http://www.circleid.com/posts/new_tld_application_tip_launch_strategies/ If someone feels there is some way an auction can be influenced or altered due to VI then please add that to the list, since that could be a potential harm. That being said, I would like to reiterate that this is brainstorming on the harms and would like you to add to this list, if necessary, but please no deletions. Once complete we can work on editing, ranking, sorting, predicting and deciding if these are harms at all, harms related to Vertical Integration, only in your own TLD and whatever other mechanisms we choose. Have great weekend everyone Jeff Eckhaus Please NOTE: This electronic message, including any attachments, may include privileged, confidential and/or inside information owned by Demand Media, Inc. Any distribution or use of this communication by anyone other than the intended recipient(s) is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by replying to this message and then delete it from your system. Thank you.
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