back to article One company on the planet, US-based Afilias, meets the criteria to run Colombia's trendy .co registry – and the DNS world fears a stitch-up

The Colombian government has been accused by its own internet community of fixing a contract so that just one North American company in particular is eligible to operate the .co top-level domain-name registry. In a tendering process that has become increasingly controversial, the Colombian government’s technology ministry …

  1. imanidiot Silver badge

    I'm not even surprised

    Blatant white collar crime seems to be on the rise and they're getting away with it too. So why wouldn't they try to make a deal profitable for all involved in making it?

    1. iron Silver badge

      Re: I'm not even surprised

      When the backroom deals for .org clearly involve a large brown envelope stuffed with dead presidents why would anyone think the Colombian registry would be better?

      1. Strahd Ivarius Silver badge

        Re: I'm not even surprised

        Personally, I would prefer an envelope stuffed with the dead not President...

        Easier to fit in the pocket.

  2. Bronek Kozicki

    This smells funny, indeed

    Luckily, American law severely punishes companies, and executives, caught on bribing abroad. But then, as long as the suspicions remains unproven, nothing can be done about it. I won't hold my breath (even though I should because the stink is awful! ouch!)

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: American law severely punishes companies, and executives, caught on bribing abroad

      Not any more, it doesn't. American law says one thing, Trump and his goons do whatever they want and high-level execs escape scot-free.

      And, given who Trump pushed into the Supreme Court, soon American law will be re-written to basically state that anything a multi-billion company does is legal by definition. That is what Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, HP and the rest of them are pushing for.

    2. suriyun

      Re: This smells funny, indeed

      Someone is trying to get rid of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

      "It’s just so unfair that American companies aren’t allowed to pay bribes to get business overseas,” Trump said, according to a passage published by the [Washington] Post. “We’re going to change that.”

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "In fact, the technical requirements listed by the Colombian government mean that just a single company on the planet is eligible to run the .co registry"

    Golly! How lucky that there was even one who could manage it.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Forget the high-seas, modern piracy prowls the much calmer waters of the DNS NGOs. There's tonnes of sunken treasure off the lovely coast of Icann from vessels sank by petty feudal lords, some of whom took up residency in Icann. It's a lovely country, if you can get over the stench of corruption...

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