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Hi, I'm standing for the Nominet elected Non Executive Director role this year

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  1. Siusaidh United Kingdom

    Siusaidh Active Member

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    This is ludicrous. I had no idea of the scale of the entitlement.

    How did it ever come to this?

    Am I wrong, or was Nominet originally a public body accountable to Parliament like other functions of state?

    Shouldn't the UK's namespace be protected and overseen by... the UK?

    Who precisely is Nominet accountable to?
     
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    I have no idea...
     
  4. Siusaidh United Kingdom

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    Well I'm simply a nurse, not part of the domain industry. Does anyone know how this floats? Has Nominet always been profit-making rather than non-profit? Who is Nominet accountable to?

    Even ICANN, ultimately, is accountable to the Department of Commerce. Should politicians be lobbied to bring the UK namespace under UK control and oversight and accountability, even if day-to-day administration is delegated to them?

    The UK namespace should not just be a private business to be used to cream off profit for its directors. It is part of national infrastructure.

    Anyone know the accountabilities?
     
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    .uk was delegated in 1985 by IANA:
    https://www.iana.org/domains/root/db/uk.html

    Nominet wasn’t formed until 1996 by a guy called Dr Willie Black:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominet_UK

    No it’s always been a private company limited by guarantee (no share holders):

    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/03203859/filing-history

    Since 2010 (Digital Economy Bill) the Secretary of State has the power to regulate any internet registry in the UK:

    http://domainincite.com/466-nominet-bill-set-for-uk-law

    If that registry fails...

    Technically the members of the company own the company and the board is accountable to the members who vote at an AGM or call an EGM.

    However obviously some members are bigger than other members due to the voting rights policy: https://media.nominet.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/58367_votingrightspolicy17052012.pdf

    So even if you called an EGM (with 5%) then you wouldn’t be able to pass a special resolution (75% majority) due to the voting rights. At that point the Government would most likely also activate its emergency powers.
     
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  7. Siusaidh United Kingdom

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    Thank you for that - and in the three years since that article... has Nominet shown any signs of "growing up"... and into what?

    Let me give you an example of the way the general public and ordinary internet users are frankly given reduced status in accessing uk namespace details.

    If I want to search uk namespace by domain name, then I can do that through the basic WHOIS.

    But if I want to search by registrar - to see what names a registrar has registered, I have to pay £400 for that advanced search. Why?

    Why can't ordinary users and the public get easy access to simple searches like that, and access to information about what is, after all, this country's namespace?

    I feel happy if day-to-day executive freedom is delegated to the Nominet executive and board and members. But I still think, as guardians and custodians of the country's namespace, they should remain accountable to the people of this country, as represented by Parliament.

    Otherwise we will probably end up paying £50 a year per domain, with premium domains being raised to £500 a year.

    We need namespace/domains to be as cheap as possible, because that empowers the most people. The other thing that's important is to improve the access ordinary members of the public can get to domains they want to use. Domains should primarily be for use.
     
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    I love this quote

    "When this bill passes, the Secretary of State has Nominet by the balls."