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||Wed, December 26, 2001 at 7:00 PM GMT
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||the .com.au was speculation proof when I bought my first
domain. I am sadened to see what has happened to it. I am more concerned now
that I am aware of Afilias's involvement.|
If the Internet community had a fair
dinkum Internet regulator, Afilias would most likely have lost its licence to operate
the .info registry once the scale of the .info Sunrise TM fraud and the personal
TM fraud of Afilias directors became public all those months ago.
has been allowed to retain the .info registry licence and is now spreading its wings,
despite the abomination it contrived out of the .info launch, is evidence I believe
of the corrupt domain name business culture being presided over by the influential
members of the ICANN Board.
I won't be going anywhere near the auction of the .com.au
One will get you ten, that all the registrar and affiliate scams we saw
in the .info launch will be wheeled out again for the new suckers that Afilias hopes
will fall for its hoopla preceeding the Landrush.
The Internet community will remain
at risk as long as the influential members of the notional DNS regulatory authority
apparently conduct the business of ICANN in such a way as to advance their own self
interest - for example - the awarding of the the best of the new gTLDs, the .info
registry, to a consortium of 16 existing registrars and ICANN executives which make
up Afilias Ltd., then turning a blind eye to the excesses of the .info Sunrise which
included at least two Afilias Directors cybersquatting and 10,000 fraudulent registrations
due to a half-arsed "after the event" anti-cybersquatting/IP protection policy.