[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] The Risk of ICANN to the Democracy of the Internet

Cory Smith smith.cory at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 17:44:51 UTC 2020

It looks like ICANN is intending to sell out the idea of a free and open
internet to corporate profit interests.  Since the $20 million pales in
comparison to how much Verisign stands to make, it seems this deal not only
lacks integrity, but also ambition.

This amendment suggests that the sunsetting of ICANN is inevitable.  Even
if it doesn't trigger the switch to a more democratic alternative, it has
set the precedent that ICANN is vulnerable to special interests, and at
some point we'll want to use something else.

Anyone concerned enough to read these comments can begin taking the steps
necessary to make sure you can resolve OpenNIC top level domains, and begin
migrating your infrastructure, while continuing to use ICANN only in a
transition period.  This seems like the best way to hedge against the risk
that ICANN won't be able to structure their organization in a way that
protects the idea of an internet that is free and open to all.

Cory Smith
Edge Computing @Intel
Opinions are my own
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