ICANN Officially Kills Digital Archery

ICANN has officially killed off the Digital Archery program in an announcement today.

“”Resolved the New gTLD Program Committee directs the President and CEO to terminate the Digital Archery process as approved in Resolutions 2011.12.08.04-2011.12.08.07.”

Rationale for Resolution:

“To remain accountable to the ICANN community, after careful consideration of the objections raised to the digital archery process, and following the suspension of the process after identification of a technical issue, the New gTLD Program Committee’s decision provides finality to the community on the status of the digital archery process.”

“This decision will not have any impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the DNS as a result of this decision.”

 

Comments

  1. says

    “So what sort of compensation will be due to those organizations who invested three months of engineering into a digital archery system?”
    ====

    ICANN has apparently – reluctantly – disclosed they have been paying secret companies to develop secret software

    Maybe it will cost $350,000,000 for a software system to sort out the gTLDs ?

    [Try about 3.5 billion dollars]

  2. Digito says

    Digital Archery is going to take on a life of its own. There are too many great applications for that technology. I predict digital archery products will mushroom into a billion dollar industry. There is too much money to be made in the gaming and lottery arenas.

  3. sw1g says

    “security, stability and resiliency”

    What a joke. The whole system is extremely vulnerable and everyone knows it. That’s because of how it is designed, not the software (though the software — BIND — is itself some of the most poorly written garbage in the history of the internet… at this point it’s been completely rewritten because it was such a mess).

    If you want a secure, reliable and resilient system, 1. you would use IP numbers, not ambiguous domain names, 2. you would encrypt DNS traffic and authenticate DNS servers, instead of selling the snake oil that is DNSSEC and perpetuating insecure DNS caches, and 3. you would make the system decentralized instead of relying on tricks like anycasting.

    That’s what you would do if you really cared and were acting the public interest, instead of furthering your own agenda to profit from selling domain name registrations.

  4. says

    “BIND — is itself some of the most poorly written garbage in the history of the internet”
    =====

    The maintainer of BIND is a high-school drop-out. He apparently recently procured a .PhD from a .JAPAN University and a Professor who is a long-time I* insider.

    With that .PhD the I* insiders can fool a lot of people who do not look past labels.

    “what you would do if you really cared and were acting the public interest, instead of furthering your own agenda”

    ….probably be working with the IEEE and US FCC to build new Internets that work based on solid engineering?

  5. says

    Great to see ICANN listening to the community!

    Irrelevant of how much of a disaster Digital Archery was from the start.

    Interesting to see those offering digital archery services for substantial sums are now distancing themselves.

    I suppose there was some clause to cover this sort of outcome?

  6. Me says

    I don’t see any evidence of digital archery companies distancing themselves. ICANN canceling the program was certainly beyond their control. If I were one of these companies, I’d be quite peeved that I’d just lost months of time and effort tuning a system to get reliable results from an unreliable system. Sure, the technology may be useful elsewhere, but some of these companies have lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.

  7. 3D is my life says

    Um, so if they’re not employing a digital archery system, how are they determining batches. I haven’t seen anything in any ICANN statement that addresses what they plan to do.

  8. dumbdumb says

    Haha. I saw that PhD line. He never attended college. How do you earn a PhD without going through undergrad (not to mention earning one from a univeristy Japan while living in the US)?

    Over on CircleID, someone from the commercial version of BIND, starts with an N, is claiming they were the first to forsee cache poisioning and randomise source ports. Are you kidding me?

    There’s a math professor in Chicago who makes these guys look like fools, he was randomising ports back in the 90’s. They don’t like him because he’s smarter than they are, his software is actually secure (unlike theirs), and… he has a real job. He’s not trolling on CircelID for gullible business customers.

    Who fall for this type of thing? Geez, I don;t wanna know.

  9. says

    “if they’re not employing a digital archery system, how are they determining batches. I haven’t seen anything in any ICANN statement that addresses what they plan to do”

    Anyone that thinks ICANN has any relevance at this point in time is out of touch with reality.

    Yes, noobs may still make their way to ICANN meetings – to prove they do not know anything.

    Like the IAHC – ICANN is finished – the CEO has left the building – thanks for playing

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