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If ICANN is a bottom-up organization, new gTLD plan should be dropped in its entirety

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  • Subject: If ICANN is a bottom-up organization, new gTLD plan should be dropped in its entirety
  • From: George Kirikos <gkirikos@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 08:55:13 -0800 (PST)

Looking at the public comments submitted, it is obvious that most in
the community oppose the introduction of any new gTLDs, save for a
handful who wish to profiteer at the expense of the rest of the
internet. ICANN's summary of the comments should reflect this, if it is

ICANN's purported mission includes being a bottom-up consensus driven
organization. It is clear that there is a consensus that the new gTLD
plan needs to either be completely shelved, or be completely reworked
and be much more limited in scope.

As seen in articles in the press:


The proposal is described as "controversial". How can there be any form
of consensus, when the proposal is so controversial?

In the article, the "majority of the comments were critical of ICANN's
plan" -- that says it all. 

ICANN should be downsizing given the current economic depression, and
spend the next few years attempting to reach a true broad consensus,
instead of drafting ridiculous proposals that read like a wish-list of
a handful of registry operators. Broad consensus could be achieved, for
example, by compelling registrars to inform registrants of the
discussions that are taking place at ICANN, and the potential
ramifications, instead of presenting a "fait accompli" to the public. 

In conclusion, the people have spoken. Stop trying to jam new gTLDs
down people's throats against their will and vocal objections, simply
to appease a small minority of profiteers who wish to impose costs upon
everyone else.


George Kirikos
Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc.

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