[Politech] Photos from yesterday's ICANN meeting on VeriSign's Site Finder

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Wed Oct 08 2003 - 06:23:21 PDT

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    The photos:
    VeriSign fends off critics at ICANN confab
    Last modified: October 7, 2003, 5:23 PM PDT
    By Declan McCullagh
    WASHINGTON--David Schairer, vice president of broadband provider XO 
    Communications, is frustrated by VeriSign's decision to redirect Web 
    surfers who mistype domain names to its own advertising-based Web site.
    At an unprecedented public meeting Tuesday to discuss VeriSign's "Site 
    Finder" redirection, Schairer described in detail how the changes had 
    increased XO's network traffic, confused his customers' e-mail utilities, 
    and disabled a test that previously snared about one-fifth of the spam 
    directed at XO's network.
    The Site Finder server also chokes on large e-mail messages that are 
    addressed to nonexistent domain names and does not work with software 
    created for people with handicaps, Schairer said. He predicted that the 
    work required to fix similar problems in thousands of software programs is 
    smaller in scope but "similar in kind" to the massive Year 2000 bug 
    effort--amounting to a kind of "tax on the Internet."
    Schairer's examples and those offered by other participants at the 
    meeting--organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and 
    Numbers (ICANN)--combined to put VeriSign on the defensive on Tuesday. The 
    company, which enjoys a government-granted monopoly on the master .com and 
    .net database, said last week it would "temporarily suspend" its 
    redirection service.
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