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Username: pdeblanc
Date/Time: Mon, April 3, 2000 at 12:42 AM GMT (Mon, April 3, 2000 at 8:42 AM AST)
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Subject: Against new gTLDs


      The existing system includes over 200 2 letter country code TLDs. While some of these country code TLDs restrict nameholders to residents or businesses within that specific country, many of them are 'open'. That is, anyone may register there.

Example:  YourBusiness.ZZ  or TravelNow.YY

Furthermore, many of these countries are in the lower tier of development and economic resources. Domain name income, tied to some social mechanism whereby in-country Internet access, educational benefits, and increased opportunity for underserviced populations, can help propel these nations/economies toward a higher standard of living.

The ICANN constituencies, those groups working towards consensus positions on Internet Governance, are effectively dealing with trademark issues and  'best practices' for 2 letter country code domain management, such practices to provide for certain social and community benefits to the in-country population.

New technical standards under development by ICANN working groups allow for expansion of the name space by adding multi-lingual character sets (Kanji, Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.) to the DNS. This means access to hundreds of thousands of new web and e-mail addresses, in the native languages of most of the world's inhabitants.

One million dollars of income to, say Indonesia would have a substantial impact on development there.

Another million to a well-financed corporation in the Name Registry business who happens to get the rights to a new gTLD would do very little towards raising  the evolution of humanity on our planet.

Peter de Blanc
.VI Domain Admin

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