Beckstrom gives initial comments about domainers.
In an article about new top level domains and trademarks in today’s Financial Times, ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom is quoted saying:
“You can look at domainers in many ways. Some see them as cybersquatters, some look at them as entrepreneurs. I think there is a rich and healthy debate to be had.”
Most domainers will view this as a positive statement. I e-mailed Beckstrom to make sure he was quoted in context and get some clarification. He responded verifying the quote and his view on the role of domainers in the domain ecosystem:
I think there are always multiple perspectives on any issue. Not unlike hedge funds. Some countries see them as villains while other market participants see them adding great liquidity to markets. I’m not sure but am open to both perspectives.
Here’s hoping that, under Beckstrom, ICANN will pay more attention to the views of domainers.