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Nominet members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a raft of measures designed to avoid the government taking control of the .uk registry. At the non-profit company's EGM on Wednesday, more than 90 per cent of voting members agreed its constitution should be changed to allow it to appoint new board members without a vote, …


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  1. Michael Fremlins

    A nice day for democracy

    Unelected board members. Tomorrow, unelected MPs.

    1. Number6


      Isn't that effectively what Mandelson is now? We can't chuck him out with the rest of them in May (or sooner, if we're lucky)

  2. Tony S

    Not about prices

    It's always been aboout the fact that 3/4 of those that can vote are people with a vested interest in the sale (and resales) of domain names. Although Nominet state that they operate on a "first come, first served" basis, all of their registered members actually get advance notice and therefore have a distinct advantage on the domain names when they come up for disposal.

    They also allow the sale of .uk TLDs to people or organisations with no actual presence in this country - and this has lead to a number of fake web sites scamming a lot of money from the unitiated. They therefore are "unwitting" accomplices in fraud (the legal argument is that they cannot control what the buyer does)

    Nominet is no longer fit for purpose - I don't normally support government takeover of business, but in this case, it is clear that the voting members are trying to make it look as if they are playing fair and making changes, but are actually preserving the staus quo.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Nominet should be split

      Nominet currently fulfills three roles:

      - they set policy

      - they run the registry

      - they act as a registrar

      They should focus on policy, tender out the operations of the registry and stop being a registrar.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    More power in the hands of less people

    How they managed to convince 90% of people to put this through god only knows. The massive canvassing by the board to tell members to vote to give them more power probably helped though.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    More mission creep

    Quite why the company thats runs a database of .uk domain names and their DNS records should now be setting itself up as guardian of the UK internet escapes me.

    We don't see the DVLA calling itself the guardian of UK roads.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Non-profit company? HAHHAHAHAH

    Non-profit company my arse. Have these sneaky gitts stopped trying to trick people into purchasing there own domain names for double the price yet?

    Dirty dirty boys....

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