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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Good riddance Rod Beckstrom!

Head of Net’s Address System to Leave - NYTimes.com
This has to be the best news of the month for the internet and technology in general--"Rod Beckstrom, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet address system, plans to leave the organization next July."

Why? He has failed in his leadership of ICANN--most glaring is its latest foray to create chaos and legal minefields for users of the internet--

" . . . this year, Icann approved a plan for a vast expansion of so-called generic top-level domains — the letters that follow the last “dot” in an Internet address. Some governments say they were not properly consulted, while brand owners and others continue to oppose the plan.

“Icann’s potentially momentous change seems to have been made in a top-down star chamber,” Randall Rothenberg, chief executive of the United States Interactive Advertising Bureau, said in a letter to Icann this week. “There appears to have been no economic impact research, no full and open stakeholder discussions, and little concern for the delicate balance of the Internet ecosystem. This could be disastrous for the media brand owners we represent and the brand owners with which they work. We hope that Icann will reconsider both this ill-considered decision and the process by which it was reached.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/technology/head-of-web-address-system-to-leave-post.html

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