[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Secret meetings between ICANN and Verisign - Bribery/payoff

gallagan at bellsouth.net gallagan at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 11 00:11:24 UTC 2020

RE: Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement


Secret meetings between ICANN and Verisign are not acceptable.  I
unilaterally demand that all changes impacting the .COM TLD be in the
public.  As such, I demand that the current contract amendment being
considered be nullified and the process re-started in a transparent and
public format.  Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement is harmful to the
public as it raises the costs associated with the use of the Internet.   As
I understand, Verisign is paying off ICANN with $20 million to push though
it requested price hikes.  Bribery, payoffs, and kickbacks are NOT
acceptable business practices.  Even the perception of bribery, payoffs, and
kickbacks should be enough for ICANN to re-start the agreement negotiations
in a public and transparent process - otherwise, one will only assume that,
indeed, bribery, payoffs, and kickbacks are the norm within ICANN and as
such, should immediately brought to a court of law through an exhaustive
forensic investigative process.


Deeply concerned internet user,


Sean Gallagan, Ph.D.



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