Public Comment

Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.

Name: George Kirikos
Date: 24 May 2023
Affiliation: Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc.
Other Comments

If the agreement isn’t rejected outright, ICANN and Verisign should produce an updated draft agreement, incorporating the public input, for a second round of public comments

Summary of Attachment

This 38 page PDF represents the entirety of our submission.

Summary of Submission

The Board should reject the final proposed renewal agreement in its entirety. It is a product of regulatory capture of ICANN by the abusive monopolist Verisign.

We documented obvious errors and weaknesses in the agreement, including flawed language (possibly an inadvertent change) related to reserved names.

The RRA must be changed to incorporate the interests of registrants, include rights to due process, that are completely absent in this one-sided agreement. We recommend a GNSO Working Group create a Uniform RRA for all gTLDs.

We reiterated that there should be a competitive tender for operation of the .NET TLD (and for .COM). These should be regular fixed term contracts, without presumptive renewal. These competitive tenders should be a regular part of ICANN’s operations, to ensure that registrants are getting great service at the lowest possible fee.

We also pointed out additional problematic sections of the agreement.