This is the single worst piece of paper I have seen come from an ICANN advisory committee in years. You would think it was written in 1995 not 2007. They appear to bundle domain-tasting and all forms of domain monetization as mutual-ills.
Among other things, this paper unwittingly suggests that Google, Yahoo and scores of others devalue their public company stock up to 30%, by ceasing monetization of names without content. Who exactly would police for "content" (what passes for content) is unclear of course. If the wishes expressed in this paper were 'magically granted'.. go-daddy, tucows, verisign and all Internet companies, would be worth much much less -- tens of thousands unemployed through the trickle down.
I should have taken my cue how lost this group was when they wrote about domain tasting: "At this point of time, we feel there still needs [to be] more concrete information to prove these problems actually exist". As if millions of domain names registered and deleted themselves on their own.
Oh, and apparently domain names are not owned by the registrant.. they are "public goods" in the eyes of these wonks.. so if you are a registrant .. you best not get too married to your domain name, lest "the public" repossess it. Which member of the public would be entitled to unseat a registrant paying potential millions for the rights in a domain name is unclear as well.
I agree that Domain Tasting has evolved in an unholy way from its earliest days and needs to be fixed (stopped) at this late stage, but placing all forms of domain monetization into the same blender is a classic example of a bunch of policy philosophizers, that do not fully grasp the machinations going on within the world about which they write.. Here's one of the faces behind this paper https://icannwiki.org/Izumi_Aizu.
Hey Izumi; Are you ALAC folks nuts? Call the owner of www.Loans.com. It has no content whatsoever (the name is a blind refresh). Tell that name's owner they are abusing 'public goods' by monetizing eyeballs. When the laughter dies down, do the same with www.Love.com (who's owner is an ICANN accredited registrar). Then go down the roster, pissing-off the rest of corporate America (public and private) from there.
Every member of this ALAC needs to step out of their insular world and give their head a shake.. it is 2007 not 1995. The fortunes of millions rest on the shoulders of the Internet and many of your recommendations are so completely out of touch with the reality in which we live... It's a shame this is the best the ALAC has to offer. It gains the organization little respect or credit from anyone I know.