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04|14|2008 12:30 am EDT

Twomey Misstep or Misquoted ?

by Adam Strong in Categories: ICANN / Policy

Note: I’ve been on vacation, so this might be old news to some people.

A recent article at GulfNews.com talked about new TLDs and positioned domaining in a negative light. As in past mainstream media coverage, legitimate domain owners weren’t called cybersquatters this time around. Instead, domaining was singled out and defined in the article, and using quotes and info gathered from Paul Twomey, CEO of ICANN, the article implied that domaining was part of an overall problem with rolling out new TLDs. The quote from the article that upset domainers was :

While many would welcome the ability to have domain names in their native languages, there is a number of downsides, Twomey said, including cyber-squatting, typo-squatting and domaining.

DomainBits covered the story early on and spoke with ICANN reps who then provided a response from Twomey :

In no way did I say or suggest that domainers were a negative force in any way and certainly did not refer to them as “a downside.”

Enter Jothan Frakes. Frakes apparently knows the reporter at Gulf News and was able to provide him with more details and a better understanding of the domain space. Thanks to his “ambassador” work, a follow-up article came. Prepare for Battle Over Domain Names, included more information about domaining and what it entails and addressed the issue of how the good gets mixed with the bad.

Interestingly, the reporter still claims Twomey portrayed domaining negatively :

Twomey has since said he said nothing negative about domainers. Well, we’re going to have to agree to disagree there, although Paul’s words were not as critical nor as directed as some websites portrayed them.

We all know words can be twisted, things can be misunderstood and quotes taken out of context, yet one has to seriously wonder what really was said by Twomey in that conversation and what the CEO of ICANN really does think about domainers and domaining.

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