The whole fiasco makes me wonder if we're doing domains wrong, and need to re-think them.

There's a legal concept "estoppel", that "bars a party from denying or alleging a certain fact owing to that party's previous conduct, allegation, or denial."

The transfer of the dot-org registry to a private venture firm, and lifting of renewal caps, exploits long-standing reliance on use of a signifier which can be revoked at any time.

What if this applied to personal names and identities?

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@dredmorbius It's also interesting to note that unlike PIR, Denic, the manager of the .de domain, is organized as a . I don't think such a sale would be possible here without the agreement of the majority of members.

@stefanieschulte @dredmorbius Most european ccTLD are incorporated as nonprofit associations and cannot be bought.

@bortzmeyer @dredmorbius It's interesting to note that Verisign (.com, .net) is for profit, and that ISOC allegedly favors this approach (not sure whether it's true what Malthouse is saying here, though): twitter.com/jacobmalthouse/sta

@bortzmeyer @dredmorbius Of course, since they are a cooperative (and a member of my employer, Genossenschaftsverband). No, I was referring to ISOC‘s views, as described in the tweet: Is it true that they generally prefer for-profit companies to take care of top level domains?

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