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E-Flux, deviantArt (through Dadotart), and 8 others are trying to purchase .art as a manager just as a .com or .info.
I've seen some arguments that more Top Level Domains (TLDs) or similar are not necessary, and that more being sold privately just give grounds for purposes that are somehow greedy, stifled, stuffy, and/or just plain unnecessary. I've also seen arguments that they could be used responsibly to repair functionality to the internet. To me, any good purpose or value that could come from someone privately managing a General Top Level Domain (gTLD) would require a very difficult balancing act and not be very profitable.
Both E-Flux and dA appear to allege an intent of responsible management with what they claim to be the best interests for all art and artists. dA states that they are not looking to promote or cash in on the domain. I don't know anything about E-Flux, but they already look like a heavy contender, whoever ends up getting it. ICANN seems to value the original spirit of TLD function, and it seems like they hope they are making the internet better somehow. But then, ICANN's a powerful entity and a powerful entity might claim something like that.
Anyone else think it's weird about this ICANN thing happening around the same time that CISPA is going before the Senate?
Any thoughts on the gTLDs?