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Please cease the artificial stalemate situation on .xxx and allow it forward.

  • To: icm-options-report@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Please cease the artificial stalemate situation on .xxx and allow it forward.
  • From: Jothan Frakes <jothan@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 10:28:46 -0600


I have witnessed something unfold over the course of my long career with the 
ICANN forum.  

Setting aside any judgments of the string itself, it is time to fix an 
institutional flaw that has kept .XXX and ICM Registry in a perpetual state of 
post approval delay.

As a person who had placed faith in ICANN and the promise of the public 
interest being served by new TLDs, I have witnessed numerous applicants have 
TLDs delegated to them in the presence of fairly few restrictions.

ICM Registry has made it past a rigorous series of blockades, traps, and 
hazards erected which they have addressed to the satisfaction of the board or 
reviewing bodies on numerous occasion.  Many of which seem to have been erected 
for no other purpose than the intention of perpetually tangling and delaying 
their introduction.

What ICM has experienced is not unlike the way a cruel pet owner exhausts their 
cat or dog with a laser pointer by moving it rapidly and getting the animal to 
chase it.

ICM should be lauded for their patience and persistence in this process, and 
there are also many very respected staff and board members who have been 
tangled in this.

Untangle it.

Do the right thing here with .XXX and let it move forward.

Accountability and trust are at stake. 

The independent review is the final accountability mechanism for ICANN that was 
devised by ICANN. If you do anything but accept the full results of that 
review, you are undermining the foundation of trust granted to ICANN by the 
Internet community.

ICANN has to prove that it is accountable if it is to continue to be credible 
as the overseer of the domain name system. Picking and choosing elements of the 
Panel's declaration, or adding unnecessary procedural steps in adopting the 
review's findings, would be a clear sign to the global Internet community that 
the organization cannot be relied upon to do its job fairly and objectively.

Make the responsible choice by approving .xxx now.

Jothan Frakes
In a personal capacity


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