[Comments-info-renewal-18mar19] Comments and opposition to the provisions of the new .org agreement

Shaun Steenkamp scs62 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Apr 25 17:19:38 UTC 2019

Dear ICANN team,

Please consider my comments for not only .org, but also .biz and .info
legacy gTLDs. The boundaries of indented domain usage and their usage in
practice are very blurred, take .tv as an example.

Yours faithfully,
Shaun Steenkamp

On Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 18:15, Shaun Steenkamp <scs62 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear ICANN team,
> There is huge potential for abuse with the new URS policy, particularly
> for charities that may have had domains registered for many years, and
> might not have the resources to survive without a functioning website.
> The internet and the world wide web were founded on the (academic)
> principles of openness, freedom, and equality. (Berners-Lee made the Web
> available freely, with no patent and no royalties due.) Domains are the
> entry point to the net, and people and institutions treat them as such. The
> legacy gTLDs should not be commercialised like the new gTLDs as this goes
> against the principles of the web. Moreover, those who have already
> registered legacy TLDs did so on the assumption that the prices would not
> suddenly increase.
> This is a change that will not affect large and rich institutions, but
> will affect small charities and individuals, and possibly the academics and
> academic institutions that first brought the net into being. This
> undermining the nature of the net and heading down a path that destroys net
> neutrality.
> Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this and thank you for
> considering my comments.
> Yours faithfully,
> Shaun Steenkamp
> .org domain registrant,
> PhD student,
> Computer Laboratory
> University of Cambridge
> United Kingdom
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