Re: [alac] Losing SiteFinder
- To: <roessler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <edyson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [alac] Losing SiteFinder
- From: "Ken Hamma" <khamma@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2003 14:06:29 -0700
Esther's edits are good. I also agree that this should be directed to the
ICANN board since we are in an advisory capacity to the board.
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>>> Esther Dyson <edyson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 10/05/03 11:52 AM >>>
Veri*S*ign.... more substantive comments inline.
At 12:03 PM 10/5/2003, Thomas Roessler wrote:
>Here's a draft for an ALAC statement based on Wendy's text...
>The ALAC welcomes ICANN's decision to remind Verisign of its
>obligations TO RUN ITS REGISTRIES FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND NOT AS THE
>FOUNDATION OF A NEW REVENUE STREAM, [[[[by demanding immediate suspension
>"service", and Verisign's compliance with this demand.
>SiteFinder's suspension was [[[[not only]]] necessary NOT ONLY
>because it broke
>hundreds of specific applications, and because it was forced on
>Internet users around the globe without any advance consultation or
>notice: SiteFinder ALSO NEEDED [[needs]]] to be stopped because it
>BROKE [[breaks with]] the
>end-to-end architecture of the Internet to give one company
>monopolistic control of a resource in the center. It's not a contest
>between SiteFinder's search page and MSN's, but between giving
>VeriSign sole, centralized control of the error-handling for
>incorrect URLs and distributing that choice among users and
>applications at the edge of the network. The question is whether
>users can choose what services fit their needs best, or whether
>Verisign can take that choice away from users, forcing them to do
>what's best for Verisign's commercial benefit.
>Sitefinder [[[not only]]] affects NOT ONLY the web, but ***M***any other
>running on the net. The question here is whether the network is
>kept open for new protocols and applications, or whether it's left
>to Verisign to decide which applications the Internet supports well.
>Keeping SiteFinder out of the center leaves the greatest flexibility
>in the network for those who want to innovate by adding new
>protocols, services, and features AT [[[on]]] the ends.
>ICANN has called for "further evaluation and study" of the impact of
>SiteFinder. The proper QUESTION [[[evaluation is]] for VeriSign to
>CONSIDER IS [[[determine]]]
>whether it will reimplement its REDIRECTION AND
>advertiser-supported search as an
>option at the edge of the network -- where users can elect or
>decline to use it at their will -- or not at all.
>Thomas Roessler <roessler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>At-Large Advisory Committee: http://alac.info/
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