WLS passed with conditions.

The ICANN board has, according to the preliminary report of today’s meeting, passed a resolution approving Verisign’s Wait Listing Service proposal. The resolution was passed with Auerbach and Abril i Abril opposed, M??ller-Maguhn and Kyong abstain…

The ICANN board has, according to the preliminary report of today’s meeting, passed a resolution approving Verisign’s Wait Listing Service proposal. The resolution was passed with Auerbach and Abril i Abril opposed, Müller-Maguhn and Kyong abstaining, and 11 others in favor.

Names Policy Process – report and chart available.

ICANN has posted the Names Policy Development Process Assistance Group’s recommendation. If you find that document too long, Alexander Svensson has an excellent chart of the process suggested.

ICANN has posted the Names Policy Development Process Assistance Group’s recommendation. If you find that document too long, Alexander Svensson has an excellent chart of the process suggested.

.org: online press coverage

Here’s a short digest of .org coverage in the online press: The Register emphasizes ISOC’s need for sustainable income, and quotes anonymous rival bidders who pointed to criticisms of favoritism. C|Net has a very high-level round-up of the basic f…

Here’s a short digest of .org coverage in the online press: The Register emphasizes ISOC’s need for sustainable income, and quotes anonymous rival bidders who pointed to criticisms of favoritism. C|Net has a very high-level round-up of the basic facts, opinions, and conspiracy theories. The Washington Post discusses these conspiracy theories (and their rebuttal from Stuart Lynn) in some more detail, and quotes Milton Mueller as saying that ICANN should have simply presented the board with the data from the evaluations. news.com.au discusses this whole thing from a more local point of view, and pays particular attention to Unity Registry’s bid and their experience in migrating an existing registry to EPP, as opposed to building an EPP registry from scratch. Finally, an internetnews.com article mentions doubts about ISOC’s ability to run .org – from a financial point of view: But one source close to the bidding process wonders why ISOC’s own auditor’s had doubts about the company’s financial ability to take over the .org registry, one of the key criteria for selection as registry. “If you look at their bid, it talks about their balances and their liabilities, and says that “these factors and others to the company raise substantial doubt about the Internet Society’s ability to continue as a going concern,” the source said. “If their own auditors are concerned, then why are they getting this recommendation?”

More comments on dot-org.

Milton Mueller and Dany Vandromme have taken up the comments on corrupted tables and inconsistent numbers, see the ncdnhc-discuss list’s archive for details of that discussion. A readable version of a lenghty message I just sent to that list is av…

Milton Mueller and Dany Vandromme have taken up the comments on corrupted tables and inconsistent numbers, see the ncdnhc-discuss list’s archive for details of that discussion. A readable version of a lenghty message I just sent to that list is avaiable here. That message includes my suggestion for a more readable presentation of the NCDNHC’s evaluation, inspired by the excellent presentation of the results from the Gartner group.

Finally, Bret is also thinking out loud on .org and asking questions.

Public Support for .org Bidders vs. At-Large Elections.

You have to wonder how this goes together: The same board and staff who believe that public elections (with significant outreach organized independently of any individual candidates) are not suitable to select the members of the board, are partial…

You have to wonder how this goes together: The same board and staff who believe that public elections (with significant outreach organized independently of any individual candidates) are not suitable to select the members of the board, are partially relying, in their decision on .org, on a self-selected survey of the worst kind, namely, on the public support for bidders: As far as that part of the evaluation is concerned, my earlier remark that the NCDNHC’s report looks sound was rather premature.