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SJ Mercury: ICANN holding key meeting on creating new domain names

Jul 14, 2000, 14:19 (1 Talkback[s])

"Barring last-minute surprises, the board is about to take concrete steps, at long last, to create at least several new top-level domains, or TLDs -- adding needed new ``suffixes'' to the familiar cast of .com, .net, .org, etc. ... ICANN is also expected to move further toward opening its own membership to the public -- the users of the Internet -- by allowing them to elect the board. But how it does this is a topic of debate as well."

"For the critics of ICANN, and they are legion, neither of these moves is satisfying. A few new domains won't change the artificial scarcity marking today's system. Then there's the question of who will get to run even those few new ones. And the procedures for opening up of the ICANN board, perceived by many as little more than a tool of the rich and powerful, aren't winning a lot of fans, either."

"ICANN Chairwoman Esther Dyson and Chief Executive Officer Mike Roberts seem nonplussed by the furor. Both have long histories in the technology and networking arenas and both are nearing the ends of their respective tenures at ICANN. They urge critics to wait and see what actually happens Sunday before deciding it's bad."

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