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Username: Bruce Cahan
Date/Time: Fri, November 3, 2000 at 5:37 PM GMT (Fri, November 3, 2000 at 12:37 AM EST)
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Subject: Towards Transparency:  Figuring Out the Corporate Parentage & Value Proposition of Dot.Geo


The "General Comments" Section of this Public Forum contains information (and misinformation) that is breeding unnecessary suspicion regarding the Dot.Geo Proposal.  This suspicion as to motives and consequences could be alleviated by the affected parties proactively making disclosures to explain and clarify relationships that reflect the underlying value proposition for themselves and spatial data users.

Evaluating the neutrality and independence elements of the Dot.Geo Proposal is difficult without a clear roadmap of the players and their common bonds, inter-dependencies and alliances.

For transparency of the ICANN process, the parties most commonly mentioned on the Public Forum and in the Dot.Geo website ( should disclose the following supplemental information:

1.  Any inter-relationships (contractually, through corporate parentage or common control, stock options, direct investment interest or other affiliations, employment or otherwise) they may share.

2.  How those inter-relationships may affect or require buffers to properly carry out ICANN's principles in awarding some or all of the Top Level Domains they hold or have applied to hold, or otherwise derive benefit through (by administering, managing or registering subdomains, infrastructure, databases or technical specifications for). 

3.  How those players involved in wired and wireless telecommunications infrastructure or data services plan to assure the independence and privacy of data transacted through TLDs and subdomains in which they have or may have an interest.

Some of the parties whom I believe may share affiliations (one-to-one and one-to-several, but not all-to-all) for which further information might achieve public transparency of ICANN's process, include one of more of the following:

SRI International
Sarnoff Corporation
Warburg Pincus Equity Partners and its investments in data services and telecommunications
Melbourne IT
JVTeam or its successor
Ken Stubbs
Greg Crew
CORE (Internet Council of Registrars)
DNSO Domain Names System
United Nations (UNCTAD:  United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNESCO and/or United Nations Environment Programme)

Bruce B. Cahan, Esq.
Urban Logic, Inc. (A New York nonprofit organization)
1330 Avenue of the Americas - Suite 2200
New York, New York 10019
(212) 399-9700

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