Bravo, Kieren, for some awesome digging. They were able to search-and-delete the name Afilias, but they still missed a smoking gun.
References to Afilias have been spotted in the technical requirements for the contract to run the trendy top-level domain .tv, suggesting the process is strongly stacked in the internet registry operator's favor. If you're having déjà vu, it's because we blew the lid off the exact same thing in the battle over Colombia's .co …
and Afilias seems to be happy to shake hands and grease palms to get the exclusive mining rights.
Nice to know that they "have not met with the technology minister or the technology ministry in private to provide advice or documents regarding the .co tender.” I mean, we have moved on since the good old days of the gold rush. Now we know that such meetings should involve independent advisers that bill for the invaluable service of creating a degree of legal separation between the generous benefactor and the greasy hands.
Small crime doesn't pay, but that shouldn't discourage bigger minds to pursue their hopes and dreams. Right?
This is like a small town as a country, everyone has connections to each other there. Unfortunately it is an atoll and is already beginning to be overwhelmed by rising ocean levels. Like Kiribati, a country I worked in, its remaining years are rapidly slipping away.
I dunno, Atlantis doesn't have a seat at the UN.
> Unfortunately it is an atoll and is already beginning to be overwhelmed by rising ocean levels. Like Kiribati, a country I worked in, its remaining years are rapidly slipping away.
Sorry, chum, you need to update your numbers. Yes, Tuvalu was originally included in the HORROR! list of FIVE! islands that were being SWALLOWED! by RISING SEAS! oh woe!
But they discovered someone had just cocked the numbers up. Bit like Indonesia vs Jakarta.
So, sadly for the doom-mongers, Tuvalu joined the list of over 500 Pacific islands which are NOTDOOMED! because of FALLING! sea levels.
Who knew the sea had hills? How 'bout that? Of course, a cynic might suggest sea-level is sea-level and that the Pacific islands are in one of the most volcanic regions of the planet e.g. the Ring of Fire, are themselves just the tips of old volcanoes, and so they are just being variously lifted up or down by the underlying tectonic action. Over 99% are being lifted up out of the ocean, less than 1% sinking. But that's a bit boring and doesn't make for any good armageddon human-guilt drama, really. Hysterical fictions are MUCH more fun.
We were told that the Maldives would be gone by 2000, and yet they are still there. What's more, the population has increased from 300,00 to 500,000 since 2000.
I'm a firm believer in doing something drastic about climate change, but cries of "Wooooooooolf" don't hep.
Despite the suggestion of dodgy dealing, I feel this is a bit of a storm in a teacup. I really doubt whether anyone chooses to follow a link or not on the basis of its TLD - indeed whether they even notice it - in these days of clicking through via Gooooooooogle. The suckers are the corporate PR wonks that believe it makes a difference.
In the case of short memorable domains, I disagree. They can be included in the branding and even in the short, snappy name of the service. It would literally be the word that someone googles.
Of these ".tv" is probably the single most valuable. If your service is called "Wank.tv" (which appears to be registered, by the way) it is pretty memorable to its target audience and its domain name is just its name.
It isn't (or shouldn't be) a storm in a teacup to the people of Tuvalu, who are the ones likely getting screwed over here. Whether you *think* it should be a valuable asset or not, it *is* one, and the people of Tuvalu should benefit from the full value of it accruing to their public finances. Which requires a properly-run and fair bidding process, not one which has allegedly been heavily tilted to just one possible winner.
People generally don't choose whether to follow a link based on its TLD, but when they're selecting the domain they're going to use for their project or organization, they try to get a memorable one. We all do this when setting up our own domain names--we want something easy to remember, relevant to the service, easy to type, etc. .tv is popular for doing that for video services, and often because a lot of .coms are taken by squatters. The people using the TLD would care if they knew, and given that .tv accounts for a healthy chunk of Tuvalu's GDP, their population should also care.
Maybe. It depends on whether New Zealand or Australia (but mostly New Zealand) decide the corruption is getting out of hand.
New Zealand and Australia fund most of those Pacific countries through aid and there is an expectation there will be a certain amount of palm-greasing. However when it all gets too blatant a quiet word is had with the interested parties and things calm down a bit.
The exception being of course the Tongan Royal Family who continue to exploit their people with impunity.
What a surprise...NOT!!.
Standard practice for any location that has anything valuble, rulers in any shape or form eventually end up corrupt, any position of power and influence over valuble assets is a natural magnet for those of no morals.
UK is full of this corrupt shit.