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Re: Semantic Web gTLDs

From: Dr. Francis MUGUET <muguet@ensta.fr>
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 23:09:53 +0200
Message-ID: <4346E421.5070708@ensta.fr>
To: semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>

Dear Sandro

> Would this be any different, functionally, from having a whitelist?
it would tend towards the same functionality, but not with
the same efficiency.
Politically, having a "list", whether white or black
is hard to sell to Civil Society, it does not seem politically correct,
and it would raise suspicion concerning the control of the list.

> Someone could run an organization, "The Semantic Web Site
> Certification Authority" or some such, and the organization would
> provide (on a website, of course) a list of all certified URLs.
The W3C has been following a little this path with the
certification of HTML code, with a little logo,
but this does seem to have been followed much by web sites.
Concerning web browsers, we are witnessing that
Microsoft with IE7 is "openly" defying the W3C

> I guess the difference is in branding and momentum -- if you can get a
> gTLD that would focus attention on the organization, and focus is
> important for an effort like this. 

> I suggest that if you want to
> proceed with this plan, you start off with the whitelist approach, and
> once you have a proven track record, then perhaps you apply for a
> gTLD. 
  In normal circumstances, and without political leverage, this
  would have been a wise advice,
  but, during a window of oppurtinity that is going to close
  on November 16, we have a unique chance to propose this
  solution to the world with a non-zero chance that it could
  be adopted as a recommendation of the WSIS, ie at the UN level,
  above ICANN.
  It would not mean that ICANN would necessarily follow the 
recommendation but the political pressure would be intense,
  personnally, I believe that ICANN is not going to oppose the idea,
  but on the contrary support it, while
  it is fighting now for its own survival.
  But, I am not going to propose the overall governance of the SWgTLDs 
to be only in the hands  of ICANN but in a multi-stakeholder partnership 
where ICANN could keep  an operational role, and where the W3C would be 
welcome as a certification authority of RDF/OWL and future development 
of the SW concepts.
  For each specific extension, concerned stakeholders will be included.
  This is not going to be a commercial operation.

  The secret weapon that is not detailled yet on the site is
  the .EQUI extension.
  This is conceived for a worldwide equitable marketplace.
  The price of the domain name is going to be less expensive
  for developping countries, and would include, besides, an online
  tutorial, a couple of hours of hotline for them.
  I spoke of the concept with a few african diplomats, they were

  Best regards




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