Nominet members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a raft of measures designed to avoid the government taking control of the .uk registry. At the non-profit company's EGM on Wednesday, more than 90 per cent of voting members agreed its constitution should be changed to allow it to appoint new board members without a vote, …
A nice day for democracy
Unelected board members. Tomorrow, unelected MPs.
Isn't that effectively what Mandelson is now? We can't chuck him out with the rest of them in May (or sooner, if we're lucky)
Not about prices
It's always been aboout the fact that 3/4 of those that can vote are people with a vested interest in the sale (and resales) of domain names. Although Nominet state that they operate on a "first come, first served" basis, all of their registered members actually get advance notice and therefore have a distinct advantage on the domain names when they come up for disposal.
They also allow the sale of .uk TLDs to people or organisations with no actual presence in this country - and this has lead to a number of fake web sites scamming a lot of money from the unitiated. They therefore are "unwitting" accomplices in fraud (the legal argument is that they cannot control what the buyer does)
Nominet is no longer fit for purpose - I don't normally support government takeover of business, but in this case, it is clear that the voting members are trying to make it look as if they are playing fair and making changes, but are actually preserving the staus quo.
Nominet should be split
Nominet currently fulfills three roles:
- they set policy
- they run the registry
- they act as a registrar
They should focus on policy, tender out the operations of the registry and stop being a registrar.
More power in the hands of less people
How they managed to convince 90% of people to put this through god only knows. The massive canvassing by the board to tell members to vote to give them more power probably helped though.
More mission creep
Quite why the company thats runs a database of .uk domain names and their DNS records should now be setting itself up as guardian of the UK internet escapes me.
We don't see the DVLA calling itself the guardian of UK roads.
Non-profit company? HAHHAHAHAH
Non-profit company my arse. Have these sneaky gitts stopped trying to trick people into purchasing there own domain names for double the price yet?
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