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From: "Molholm, Kurt" <kmolholm@DTIC.MIL>
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Here are some general comments on Common Name Resolution Protocol (CNRP)
with links to CNRP source documents.

The CNRP hopes to provide an easy way for individuals to search and resolve
common or brand names - providing that the proper protocol syntax is used,
and that the source is a registered name. For instance, keying in "White
House" will bring you to the official homepage, even if the searcher doesn't
realize it is a .gov domain, and will prevent the user from accidentally
going to the .net spoof of the homepage. This technology is excellent for
search engines but, except for registered trademark holders, does not
resolve the issue of domain problems.

Netword (http://www.netword.com) is one company that has moved into the
field of registering these names, but its listings have many flaws. The
company states that it has registered the names of companies found in major
listings such as Dun and Bradstreet and government entities for free and
will let companies and individuals pay ($30.00 per year) to register other
"networds". This leads to the same sort of inaccurate results you find when
trying to guess full URL's or using a weighted-by-ad-revenue search engine,
only with less typing. If you try the "netword" "caterpillar" you're taken
to the homepage of the Caterpillar Tractor Co. You are also taken to this
page if you enter the word, "cat". The word "cats" takes you to a Persian
cat breeder's homepage on Geocities. If you try "television" you go to the
Yahoo TV coverage section, and "thoroughbred" resolves to GreekInternet.com.

There is a way for trademark holders to dispute another site being
registered for their "networds", but no mechanism is in place that we could
discover to dispute the ones listed above. In other words, they lead to the
same type of misdirected searches that are typical today. And if you type a
word that has not been registered, even if most people would consider it a
brand name, Networds offers the searcher a chance to be the first to
register an internet keyword or phrase. "Coor" or "Coors Brewing" provides a
list of suggested links, with a notice by the Coors Brewing Co. link that
this is a free "netword" that may be registered; "Coors" has apparently
already been registered as it takes you to the site for Monkey Sounds Music.


As mentioned above, this technology provides a worthwhile enhancement to
search engines and a tool to circumvent cybersquatters; it does not appear
to provide any substantial resolution to issues concerning top level
domains.

The charter of the CNRP can be found at:
http://www.ietf.org/html.charters/cnrp-charter.html

Relevant documents can be found at:
 Context and Goals for Common Name Resolution
http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-cnrp-goals-01.txt

Kurt

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