CNN.com is reporting on the recent completion of a taxpayer-funded study of “Internet addresses and trademarks” by the National Academy of Sciences. The hitch? This study was supposed to be completed in 1999, and now may be considered obselete given the marked changes in the Internet marketplace since the end of the last century. Don’t worry–they only spent about $1 million!
Ironically (and thankfully), this study recommended that control of Domain Name Servers remain in private hands, rather than in those of the government. Good advice, given the dynamic nature of the “e-market” and the inevitable foot-dragging of fat-cat bureaucrats.