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legal Unbalanced ICANN Working Group Participation Harms Domain Name Owners

Last week, I sounded the alarm about a dangerous proposal from an ICANN working group which would have severe negative consequences for domain name owners, allowing IGOs (intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations) to engage in consequence-free reverse domain name hijacking.


To understand what led to such a report, I decided to look at the actual participation of working group members, as per the mailing list activities and on the weekly calls (transcripts are available on the GNSO Calendar page). I commissioned Kevin Ohashi of to help. The shocking results clearly demonstrate why such one-sided proposals were arrived at by the working group. It is clear that the output of the working group reflects capture.

Read the entire article with charts and pretty spreadsheets on my blog.
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