CNN Allows CADNA Representative To Spew Inaccuracies on new gTLD’s published a story by Nao Matsukata a senior policy adviser to the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) and to Alston & Bird, LLP.

“In a dramatic change of internet policy, ICANN has proposed to approve and implement the roll out of more than 400 new top-level domains within the next few months. Top-level domains are what you see to the right of the dot, such as “com” or “org.”””

OK other than his use of the term, RIGHT OF THE DOT (I like that) this is not a dramatic change, its a change that ICANN has been working on vigorously for over three years.

“Right now, there are 21 top-level domains. If ICANN’s new policy is implemented, we will see top-level domains such as .car, .newyorkcity, .hotels and hundreds more”

Well actually its going to be .nyc not .newyorkcity.

“Those in the business of making money by selling domain names agree, and, unfortunately, they have inserted themselves into ICANN’s policy-making process. For example, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) in ICANN’s multistakeholder operational model is responsible for introducing and developing the top-level domain policy at hand. The GNSO, however, is largely composed of the same registries and registrars that stand to gain financially by the proposed massive introduction of new top-level domains.”

The GNSO hasn’t inserted themselves into ICANN policy making decisions they are a stakeholder group like any other entitled to there opinion.  You could say the IP trademark group inserted themselves into the discussion but I guess the author is OK with that group influencing policy

“This new policy will have great social, economic and security costs.  If these new top-level domains are introduced, opportunities for cybercrime and fraud would be increased substantially.”

Where is the proof of that?

There are hundreds of ccTLD’s that carry the same risks.

“If you are a consumer attempting to set up a checking account online, and you have to decide which website to give your personal information to –,,, citi.bankaccount or even citichecking.bankaccount – how would you determine which are trusted sites providing accurate information? How would you determine which are fraudulent sites actively misinforming the public?”

Same way you do now, carefully.  Like you can bank at you can bank at .citibank.

“A massive introduction of top-level domains will overwhelm the existing framework for combating cybercrime, putting millions of internet users at unnecessary risk.”

Another unsupported statement.

“”In addition, consumers will be forced to take extensive measures to protect themselves from fraud and other malicious activities on the internet.”

Again what facts back this up?

“And companies will have to pay more to protect their trademarks.”

No were getting to the motivation for the story, its all about trademarks and the cost of defensive registration that in IP group’s eye’s should lock the Internet down in its current form forever.

Perhaps most dangerously, our national security might be further compromised as a vastly expanded internet increases places for terrorists and criminals to hide in cyberspace.

“At the time of ICANN’s conception in the late 1990s, few anticipated the economic value of domain names or imagined a company, like today’s ubiquitous GoDaddy, that would capitalize on that value.”

Domainers did.

“”ICANN’s original mission – as a domain name regulator with a policy-making process inclusive of all internet users – was well-intentioned, but it has been polluted by constituents primarily concerned with financial gain, leaving the rest of us bearing the cost.””

You mean like the IP groups which have clearly not only polluted the process but single handy stalled it and almost killed it.

Wisely CNN has the disclaimer at the bottom:

“The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of Nao Matsukata.”

Your not kidding


  1. says

    Looks like people want to make it a US vs “THEM” ?


    “what will be their next move? If I think the cost of “their” next move will be a lot less than “our” costs in deploying the proposed solution then I can dismiss the proposal on economic grounds. On the other hand if I think that “they” will actually be way better off after “we” force them to make their obvious next move, then I don’t just want to dismiss the proposed solution”

  2. M. Menius says

    I think many good points are identified in the article, and would not identify them all as “inaccuracies”.

  3. PW says

    It’s all about money, both “RIGHT” and “LEFT” of the dot, for both TM lobby and Registrar/Registry lobby. Anyone thinking they are taking the high road by siding with one party or the other is fooling themselves. Whoever wins wins.

  4. Louise says

    @ MHB kept repeating IP Trademark, and I wondered, “What does Internet Protocol have to do with trademark?” I see what you mean, it’s Intellectual Property Trademark.

    Someone made an interesting comment on that article:

    Robert I. Eachus

    I have to decide whether to laugh or cry, and I can’t. I won’t go into how DNS works and how DNS servers can be set up to authenticate domains, that is in the noise. IPv6 is replacing IPv4 and some ISPs will give you an IPv6 permanent address if you ask. Rather than increase the number of available addresses to 4 billion times as many as there are now, IPv6 has an unimaginable number of addresses. Structuring DNS servers to access all those new addresses and map them to names (or vice versa) is what this proposal is really all about. New TLDs (top level domains) can be given a subset of the numerical name space, so for example, 12345:678:: can map to .bank.

    So adding lots of new TLDs will simplify the job of DNS servers. End of story–or it should be.

    **************** End of quote *******************************

    So, from that perspective, it makes sense. The switch to IPv6 is supposed to be a massive hardware and software upgrade. This is the point: why not wait until IPv6 is fully embraced? It’s in its infancye, the last time I checked, and it’s buggy. Unitl the whole infrastructure converts, there is no point to it.

    Maybe adopt the gTLDs first, then let the taxpayer pick up the cost of upgrading the infrastructure?

    Less risky proposition for those who send their profits to the Caymans.

  5. says

    The Internet is a fragile, finely tuned machine…

    and we are all in the middle of people (without a clue) wanting to change 80% of the moving parts in a 24 month window of time…

    DNS to New DNS
    IANA to New IANA
    HTML to HTML5
    IPv4 to IPv6

    Manual (people-centric) to Auto-Everthing Service-Based

    Text-mostly to Multi-Media

    Thousand Subscriber Platforms to Billion Subscriber Platforms

    Plastic Money from Old Banking to New CyberBanking

    on and on…

  6. says

    Hello Mike,

    This is a fantastic development for .COM Channel holders. People will be very leery of getting outside the .COM Channel for fear of fraud. Already the major search engines give a lot more waiting to the .COM Channel , and this will only grease the skids to even more weighting in the near future.

    Our advice to our clients to trade up to the .COM Channel has been right on for some time now. Those who listened to our advice ENJOY !

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

  7. says


    you state the exact opposite.

    .com is going to be just another right of dot gtld

    you are already seeing this in s. If you read the forums these are going down in price from $5-6K range down to $3-3.5k range right now. Probably because so many people are investing in LLL.CO s rather.

  8. says


    Would it make u feel better to send him a C&D for his use of the words “Right of The Dot” without your express permission. Remember a C&D isn’t a guilty conviction. Maybe just a way for you to express yourself.

  9. says

    The inevitable is coming.

    The collapse of .com

    what goes up, must come down.

    if I was a betting man, I would bet short on .com

    when compared to like .newyork people are going to say .com

    you mean .co for company


  10. says

    “No were getting to the motivation for the story, its all about trademarks and the cost of defensive registration that in IP group’s eye’s should lock the Internet down in its current form forever.”
    “lock the Internet down in its current form forever”

    As an owner of 75,000 domains, why not GO With That!!!
    1. Use your Lobby clout to convice NTIA to run IANA and .COM
    2. Demand Sub-One-Dollar .COM annual fees
    3. Rename the whole thing from DNS to CyberTrademarks or some-such

    Once “Locked Down”, do you think people will no longer dabble in DNS ?
    Do you think people will not have FREE .TK domains ?
    Do you think Microsoft will be stopped from deploying FREE domains with PNRP ?

    Do you think the XXX Schema will be stopped ?


    Note: XXX replaces http – You are tagged as Pornograghy and good to go, FREE in the new XXX Schema. How cool is that ?

  11. MHB says

    Big Lie

    Because I don’t think life or business moves ahead when you stick you head in the ground and stand defensively.

    I will be fine, .com domains will be fine, its not a former President Bill Clinton said a zero sum game where the only way to win is to have others lose.

    This is closed mind short sighted thinking

    The smartest domainers on earth will be in the new gTLD space as well.

  12. says

    if money is going into new gTLD then

    they sure are not going into

    where they were

    which naturally means .com

    has had its best days behind them.

    My advice – unload them now before it is too late.

  13. says

    “The smartest domainers on earth will be in the new gTLD space as well.”
    YEP 100% Agreement !!!


    The smartest domainers on earth will be in the new Protocols & Platforms space(s) as well

    The.Big.Lie.Society only has ONE Platform, Their Platform, it is Their Way or the Highway and They WIN at Everyone’s Expense – Follow the Money – It goes in THEIR Pockets

  14. says

    In a few years, once the low-hanging fruit has been picked by the purveyors of gTLD’s, I wouldn’t be surprised if they open things up even more to increase cash-flow:

    Year 1 – .Car, .Truck, .Auto
    Year 3 – .Cars, .Trucks, .Autos
    Year 5 – .RedCar, .FastCars, .BigTrucks
    Years 7-10 – .IllinoisCars, .LATrucks, .XYZCars, .BlueFastCheapCars, etc.

    I’m beginning to think this whole gTLD fiasco in-the-making will just make short, two-letter ccTLD’s with strong keywords and of course, already-valuable .com’s even MORE valuable. Either way, should be entertaining to watch this unfold.

    Keep in mind, the general public doesn’t give a rat’s ass about any of this. All they want is something that’s easy to use, cheap, and reliable. Most of you need to stop looking at these unfolding news events through your “domianer’s glasses” and start thinking like the average consumer – this change of mindset will help you make better domian-investment decisions.

    – Soc TV

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