Further to what I've just said, I'd argue that it is in the interest of the world
community and the internet community to encourage the proliferation of small sites
developed by individuals or small groups, rather than the annexing of high-traffic
domain names to create monolithic structures built around global business leaders.
course, this proliferation can take place in the hidden recesses of free web-space,
but it is a good thing if small players are able to have their share of high-traffic
sites through the exploitation of popular, familiar or generic names.
of the internet should be about diversity, it should be about freedom, it should
be about minimal control, it should be about information... the information that
springs from millions of ordinary people.
The future of the Internet should resist
the reduction of a spontaneous network to a new kind of business empire seeking to
"USE" Internet communities just for profit.
Making profit is of course legitimate,
but the prevailing dynamic and motive behind the Internet should be a semi-anarchic
free information/opinion exchange. This emphasis on information, rather than profit-making,
should persuade those who steer its future that judgements should be made in FAVOUR
of bona fide individuals exercising their right to develop THEIR little corner of
...the Internet should not just decline into a grey monolithic
shopping mall, with domain names becoming effectively Trademarks or Trademarked...
internet is for the people of this world to communicate and exchange information.
Yes, to do business too...
But Big Business does not and MUST not own the Internet.
Trying to annex parts of it, by making Trademark claims, in my opinion abuses the
The Internet belongs to the people and the Internet belongs to the world.
believe there is a STRONG case for a PARLIAMENT of Internet users, democratically
elected, to whom ICANN or a replacement organisation should be made fully accountable.
believe a PARLIAMENT of Internet users representing the whole world would insist
on ICANN taking open, accountable actions and decisions - and would insist on asking
awkward questions and demanding a COMPLETE disassociation of ICANN from those companies
(such as registrars) who can so easily create conflicts of interest in the decision-making
processes (because their primary interest is usually profit, NOT what is best for
the whole internet community)
I admit the creation of a WORLD Internet-Users Parliament
would be complex to construct but I do not think it is impossible (when you consider
other International Organisations)
Because ICANN in my opinion lacks sufficient
accountability, I feel that they should be made answerable to the WHOLE internet
community (and not just Congress or business or fellow-registrars etc)
your laughter, derision, and the practical destruction of this daydream!!! Or could
it actually happen, in some form...?
One thing is for sure : I don't believe ICANN
is sufficiently representative or accountable to do the job properly.
silent appeasement of Afilias in recent months is an illustration of how genuine
internet users (like the honest Landrush customers) can be abandoned.
or representative body would have said : "Hey! No way! The people of the internet
must come first, not those who abuse the community in pursuit of profit!"