The NATURE of U.S. government
agencies has not changed in 200 years. Look at the how our beloved U.S government
has historically "dealt with" Native Americans, African Americans, Chinese, and other,
politically weaker entities. Judging by many of the posts here, ICANN seems to feel
it can steamroller over anybody because it is an 'elitist' government agency (the
This very evil nature is not only evident with ICANNS attitude towards
previously existing .biz roots, but with ICANNs'attitude towards the fuctionality
of .org and .net. What right do they have to dictate to us and have authority over
the current, common law functionality of the internet(especially when changing this
common law functionality does significant harm to others?!)
We must challege this
authority, and raise community awareness, and get our politicians involved, so we
can let THE PEOPLE regain control of the direction of the internet; not the opinions
of a selected minority WHO WERE IN NO WAY CHOSEN BY THE PUBLIC.
This email is
a direct response to the ICANN proposal of changing the format of .org to strictly
"Non-Profit" organizations and .net exclusively to internet webhosts and networks.
My intention is to give several reasons why this proposal is unrealistic, to show
how this proposal does more harm than good, and to demonstrate how
widespread the opposition to this proposal is.
1. How can a singular definition of "Non-Profit" be applied to .org websites? The
formal definition of "Non Profit" is too narrow to justify the huge disruption this
will cause with .org owners and webmasters.
How will ICANN police the web content to insure it is indeed non profit? If there
is no way to enforce a law, then it is not logical to initiate it. It seems like
ICANN is getting carried away with its "authority". We do not live under a communist
government, which can suppress free speech laws to fit its own "agendas".
3. After years of common law acceptance as a general use
domain, what right does ICANN have to disrupt the hundreds of thousands of .org and
.net owners and initiate these new formats when it was negligent in regulating the
registrar companies who sold the domain names without this "Non-Profit" condition?
Once the domain name
was sold, the circumstances
surrounding that sale did not specify that the corporation be a Non profit. Of course,
the registrars should be included in the long list below because they definitely
lose money by this proposal (less sales and renewals of .org and .net domain names).
4. Will the current .org and .net owners be compensated,
or will the US government and ICANN sieze these names from the owners?
The ends do not justify the means, because so many people will be
affected for the benefit of, well, nobody. This seems like unreasonable and unlawful
search and seizure to me. Not to mention violation of free speech laws and communist
regulated censorship. I and many others feel a deep seeded anger
resentment at ICANN for even considering these proposals.
5. Website content cannot be controlled by any government body,
because of free speech rights. It is eventually up to the webmaster what content
is published onto a website. A domian name extension will not change this fact. For
example, What will stop a webmaster from publlishing content other than "Non Profit"
content? If ICANN does not plan to police the web to insure web content is in
compliance with its proposals, then ICANN should not consider
changing the formats for .net and .org.
below is an extensive list of companies, organizations, and websites that have voiced
their opposition to ANY change in the current web format for .org and .net. If you
would like to add your name or company to this list, please visit handsoffmy.org
and join us.
If this message gets deleted, we know who deleted it and why, because
I will be leaving it up.
"Non Profit" and Networks only (.net) proposals will do
harm to webmasters, web hosts, registars,
and domain name
investors, and will benefit
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Up Above It
Bar None Drink Recipes
Cu Mor Glas
Kishore Balakrishnan's Psychic
Lemur Zone News
Here's Bloggin' At You Kid!
Me, Myself & My Thoughts
the Iphigeneia project
Net Sisters Org.
Blah Blah Blog
Space Twin Cities
tout est blue - blueigloo.org
[the bwg update]
Journal Turtle Neighbourhood
Sole Parents Union - NSW, Australia
The Gender Centre Inc.
The Girl Scientist
Computer Chair Traveler
Not a pretty girl
Department of Veteran's Affairs
Pacific SpecWare Internet Solutions
The Hermans' Home Page
Global Effort to Eradicate Know-nothings
Plein Family Domain
Marcus Reif Online
The Little Czech Primer
Flyhunter Art Tribe
Gay Military Site
Suspension of Disbelief
inconsistent dot org
sweet -:- illusions
Hypocrisy Entertainment Network
TBonz Virtual Tavern
Jim & Steph Rothgeb's
The Other Side of Glen Road
First Internet Church
Circle of Style
Gurston Down Hillclimb, Salisbury England
d i s s o l v e r . o r g
cain's corner of cyberspace
Flat 27 MiniSite
whoo dot org
shortstuff.org the home of short people
Sibling Abuse Survivors'
mangled . org
California Real Estate
Alternative Reality Network
Railways in the Net
AND MANY, MANY MORE NOT MENTIONED HERE!