"Millions of dollars of PR value"? What exactly does that mean, Paul?
More to the point: How is ICANN funded? Unless I'm mistaken, they are
funded by registrar/registry fees and, yes, application for new TLD
fees, all of which comes from a healthy domain industry. That's not to
say that ICANN shouldn't or couldn't fund technical work of course,
but let's be clear about how the money is actually flowing.
And with sponsorship money comes a whole lot of things that we geeks
have typically wanted to stay well clear of such as "value" for the
sponsors in a number of different ways, but yes, I agree we may not
be able to stay pure forever.
The press release may not have mentioned the IETF, but the work of the
technical community certainly WAS mantioned directly as well as
indirectly during this entire event. Maybe we should ask Thomas Narten
to summarise this for us, he is the IETF-ICANN liaison.
Ole J. Jacobsen
Editor and Publisher, The Internet Protocol Journal
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On Sat, 31 Oct 2009, Paul Hoffman wrote:
At 2:55 AM -0700 10/31/09, Ole Jacobsen wrote:
You're not the first one to suggest that, but they do have a very
different "business model" including covering travel for certain
people and charging no meeting fees. It might make sense for us to
approach the "domain industry" directly though...
The "domain industry" does not profit from the IETF work nearly as
much as ICANN does. Take the past two day's of press coverage for
ICANN, for example. They are being lauded for making the domain name
system usable in other scripts as if this was their doing. Nothing
in ICANN's press releases pointed out that literally tens of
thousands of hours of volunteer time had been spent by the IETF over
the past decade to make this work.
ICANN gets millions of dollars of PR value from the work that the
IETF does, whereas the "domain industry" gets very little. ICANN
should strongly consider helping pay for that work.
--Paul Hoffman, Director
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