friendship person June 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm

ICANN is printing money out of thin air with their masterful new gTLD troll program. Why is anyone even having a conversation about who will “own” the “.art gTLD” ? There’s much more important matters to discuss, such as ICANN continuing to print money out of thin air, and the suckers that, for some reason, embrace it.

tom moody June 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

The larger questions here are (i) should ICANN be doing this? (No) (ii) will these top level domains create new gatekeeper powers on the web? (Maybe) (iii) is it gatekeeping to have a “policy board of arts professionals to implement standards for the domain’s use”? (Yes) (iv) is curating the same thing as gatekeeping? (Yes) (v) are the applicants for these domains seeking to win for commercial reasons? (Yes)
Corinna, you mentioned that there were “initial fears” about deviantart or eflux “curating” the domain. Fear might be too strong a word but having either of these two competitors deciding what is or isn’t art is a source of ongoing concern. If one of the other eight applicants wins, this entire issue goes away. Far more damage can be done by well-intentioned sounding but basically dishonest appeals to a community than will be done by organizations that have no communities to begin with. It would be good if ArtFCity would take a position rather than just reporting.

paige June 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

“.ART REGISTRY INC.” sounds like tough competition

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