Re: [alac] Losing SiteFinder
- To: <vb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <roessler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [alac] Losing SiteFinder
- From: "Ken Hamma" <KHamma@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 08:04:28 -0700
no objection to posting
>>> Vittorio Bertola <vb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 10/09/03 03:42AM >>>
Does anyone have any objections on this last draft, or can we release it?
Thomas Roessler ha scritto:
>>The ALAC welcomes ICANN's decision to remind Verisign of its
>>obligations to run its registries for the public good, and
>>VeriSign's compliance with ICANN's demand to shut down SiteFinder.
>>SiteFinder's suspension was 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 to be stopped because it broke
>>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 affects not only the web, but most other applications
>>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 the ends.
>>ICANN has called for "further evaluation and study" of the impact of
>>The proper question for VeriSign to consider is whether it will
>>reimplement its 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.
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