What were NSI and GoDaddy doing to protect registrants in the IRT?
Hi folks, Here's a copy of an email I sent to both GoDaddy and NSI today (both registrars had reps on the IRT team). I think their clients and the broader community deserve a response. ----- start of email ------ I'm really disappointed that your registrar participated in the IRT, but did not look out for the protection of legitimate registrants like my own company. We submitted very practical and simple suggestions that would allow the IRT to target the worst offenders, but not have the collateral damage of affecting responsible domain owners. For example: 1) Making the URS not apply to domains older than a certain age (e.g. 2 years). 2) Allowing registrants to white-list themselves through a security bond, through registrant verification, or other procedures. IP holders are given an IP clearinghouse and GPML to register themselves to give themselves special treatment, why not balance that to give the "good guy" domain owners some parity, after jumping through some hoops -- hoops that responsible domain owners can easily jump through, but which criminals won't. (just like EV SSL, etc.) 3) FAX NOTIFICATION to registrants, and/or having a legal contact in the WHOIS (to be served with any complaints). This would have ensured due process (faxes are a lot more reliable than email, much cheaper than registered mail, and trivial to implement by the URS provider through email-to-fax gateways. Don't fax a 100 page complaint, just a 1 page document notifying one of the complaint, to all contacts in the WHOIS *and* to the registered lawyer of the domain holder. These are just a few of the things that were unaddressed or were arrogantly dismissed (read my comments on the first draft carefully, and there were a lot more). I'm really shocked that your company attached its name to a report that was so extreme and unbalanced. I'll be writing a layperson's guide to the implications of this report that I hope will be widely dispersed, and calling NSI and GoDaddy out on this (both companies had reps on the IRT). Your clients, and the broader community deserve an explanation. ----- end of email---------- If your registrars are not looking out for your interests, perhaps it might be best to take your business/hosting/domains elsewhere. If money talks, then this might be the only way to get their attention. Sincerely, George Kirikos President Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc. http://www.leap.com/