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Sep/03

Verisign vs. the Patch


This Silicon Valley News article reports that the Internet Software Consortium, developers of BIND domain name software, is releasing a patch intended to block Verisign’s SITE FINDER service (or, as ICANN Watch puts it, Verisign’s typosquatting).

Professor Lessig may be distracted right now enjoying his new status as father, but at some point I would be interested in his take, in the context of his “Code as Regulator” framework, on this brou-ha-ha consisting of two companies taking unilateral actions affecting how the DNS operates (well, more than two, if you count MSN and AOL).  Should/Does ICANN (or any other regulator or standards setting body) have a say in this?

p.s. Demonizing Verisign aside, is Site Finder a smarter form of navigation?  Is user experience enhanced?

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