Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Monday, April 29, 2002
Posted By Allen at 10:01 PM
----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave Farber"
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 5:03 PM
Subject: IP: Public Interest Groups Decry .us "Sell-Off"
> ------ Forwarded Message
> From: Alan Davidson
> Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 18:27:26 -0400
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Dave - I thought IP readers might be interested in the attached
> letter sent today by CDT, along with Common Cause and the Media
> Access Project, raising concerns about the sell-off of .us
> second-level domain names last week.
> Alan Davidson, Associate Director 202.637.9800 (v)
> Center for Democracy and Technology 202.637.0968 (f)
> 1634 Eye St. NW, Suite 1100
> Washington, DC 20006 http://www.cdt.org
> April 29, 2002
> Dear Chairman Hollings, Senator McCain, Chairman Tauzin and Rep. Dingell:
> We are writing to express our grave concern over recent developments
> in the .us Internet domain. Last week, unbeknownst to most Americans,
> a major "sell-off" was held for domain names in .us, such as
> churches.us. Thousands of names - many of which are of significant
> public interest - were sold off based on flawed policies developed
> with almost no public input or public accountability. We urge you, as
> part of your oversight responsibilities, to hold hearings
> investigating this matter.
> The .us domain is America's one and only country code - a uniquely
> American resource and public asset on the Internet. While .us has not
> been widely used by consumers to date, the Commerce Department's
> decision to delegate the domain to a new operator last year held out
> the promise to reinvigorate .us and make it more useful to individual
> and business users. It also held out the promise of a place on the
> Internet directly related to US activities, where, for example,
> American churches might register a name in churches.us or where
> American consumers could find non-profit groups in charities.us.
> Policies for .us must be developed in a way that includes the
> interests of American Internet users. Many of the companies that
> competed for the .us contract committed to building structures of
> outreach and representation for that purpose. NeuStar, the company
> ultimately granted the .us domain, itself promised to "develop open
> policies and procedures with a high degree of responsiveness and
> accountability to the usTLD community."
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Posted By Allen at 3:03 PM
Way to go for Free Speech on the Internet.
Sunday, April 28, 2002
Posted By Allen at 7:31 AM
This is a really cool device. It comes in 5,10,20, or 30 GB capacities. It has a color screen, and is meant to allow digital photographers the ability to offload photos from their memory cards.