My opposition to new gTLDs
- To: gtld-intro@xxxxxxxxx;
- Subject: My opposition to new gTLDs
- From: Lee S Parsons <parsonsl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:25:43 -0500
I am concerned about the impact that new global top level domains
(gTLDs) could have on the users of the internet. In particular, I am
bothered by the possibility that this could drastically increase the
amount of spam and phishing email that is sent and received by internet
The reason for my concern is due to the role that registrars play
currently in with regards to domains that are advertised by spam or
phishing emails, and how in my eyes they fail to live up to their
obligations. Many domains that are registered for spam or phishing
purposes are registered with data that is known to be incorrect (often
easily found by virtue of the data also being incomplete or invalid).
However, in the case of these registrations, the domains in question are
often sold by a short list of registrars who are known to be friendly to
those who send out spam and phishing emails.
In the current situation, with the case of registrars selling domains
with bad whois data in the .com domains, the bad whois data can be
reported through your form. However, if new gTLDs are sold, where would
be the proper avenue for these complaints? It seems as though the TLDs
themselves could become almost impossible to track in terms of
responsibility, and I fear that the final arbiter of domain registration
validity for these new TLDs could end up being the owners of the new
gTLDs themselves - at which point spam and phishing domains would have
guaranteed safe havens for registration.
I hope my concerns are clear on this issue. I feel that selling new
gTLDs would open up the internet to a new wave of activity from spam and
phishing sites that would no longer be held to any level of responsibility.