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

Shaun Steenkamp scs62 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Apr 25 17:15:13 UTC 2019

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

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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