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Conflict of Interest?

As the owner of, a domain name sales portfolio, it would appear that the owner of has a vested interest in objecting to the flawed methodology being used by ICANN to launch the new gTLDs.

Not so.

"First, if the potential super monopolies I am warning about do come to pass, that will likely benefit dot COM domain investors, not hinder them. New businesses and entrepreneurs will be unfairly blocked from their fundamental rights to own names such as and, and instead be FORCED back to the highly competitive and depleted dot COM aftermarket, putting upward pressure on prices for domain portfolio holders such as myself...

"Second, I have already spent a considerable sum on the 1,000 plus (mostly dot COM) domains that I already own. Some were acquired in expensive auctions. I have faith in the domain industry and would own many more names if I could afford it. Whatever the outcome of the new gTLD rollout, I do not have the funds to make greatly significant investment in any new domain categories. (Though when the time comes, I will certainly invest a little more in new gTLDs if not prevented from doing so by domain super monopolies)...

"...While significant, closed gTLDs represent a threat to only a fraction of the forthcoming new domain extensions. There is more than ample scope in the forthcoming open domain extensions for further investment.

"Third, the fairness and equality of the internet itself is very genuinely far more important to me than any comparatively insignificant business advantage (or even disadvantage) any particular outcome with regard to the new gTLDs might give to me personally. The Super Monopolies site is all about promoting a fair and free internet and nothing to do with my own domain investing strategies."

Dave Tyrer





Comment & Contributions

[Updated 10 Aug 2013]

Courteous comments, tips and incisive opinions that contribute something to the debate about the forthcoming new gTLDs are welcome.

Yes, divergent and contrary opinions are also welcome and will be considered for publication. The eventual intention of the Opinion page is to present a range of points of view in a wide perspective.

If you do send a comment, please indicate whether your opinion or info is anonymous or whether you will specifically allow your comment to be attributed to you. (Attributed comments will take priority because they carry more authority.) Adding comments is at the sole discretion of Super Monopolies. Please also indicate if you want a link to a website.

This site is designed to be the major world resource about the rollout of an unknown number of closed gTLD strings, and contains many convenient links to other hard to find but valuable resources.

The author of this website has only had time to investigate a small proportion of the documents and applications related to the new gTLDs, so any fresh insight or tips about these important issues will be appreciated. As stated above, this site is a major resource, but not a comprehensive one.

Many of the applications for the new dictionary word domain categories are for closed registries — leading to the serious prospect of anti competitive private internets being developed. Given the suspiciously restrictive impediments to making an official objection on these grounds, any useful ideas about campaigning to preserve open access to the internet will be particularly welcome.

Important info and links about opposition to these insidious closed gTLDs is published on the Objections page.

If a high volume or category of comments is received that suggests a change in the above contributions policy, it will be updated accordingly.


Dave Tyrer, editor,

dave [at]

(Off topic or discourteous correspondence may not be responded to. Also, please be prepared for a slow reply!)


Dave may be available for limited consultation, time permitting. For a company considering a formal objection or related report etc, this could take the form of $100 per hour. For a non-profit or individual, this could be for free depending on circumstances. Any initial enquiry is of course entirely free and obligation-free.

NOTE: Pretty well everything he knows about the proposed private internets is already published on this site, nothing is held back!

As an example, a large toy company such as ToysRUs might want to claim the right to bid on the hypothetical domain name, Or News Corporation might want to exercise its right to bid on the domain Or Harrods may wish to acquire However, all these names are subject to private string applications and may instead become part of exclusive registry networks in domain "walled gardens".

It would be really great to see a group of major corporations launch a joint multi-million dollar campaign on the net against the proposed closed registry monopolies. I wonder if News Corp is listening.


Domain expert Dave Tyrer is a writer, designer and musician in Sydney who became highly concerned about the proposed private registries in June 2012 and immediately commenced building this website.

Dave is the owner of, a business & entertainment network.

He is also the owner of — a sales site with around 800 domain names for sale. It was in the domain industry that he gained a great deal of expertise about domains and their pivotal role in commerce, navigation and corporate branding etc. This domain portfolio began in 2005.

He is the owner of studio — which develops various online properties such as — a map of Australia displaying real time in all time zones.

Dave is also the editor of which is the centerpiece of the Alarm Media humor & entertainment network. It might be re-activated one of these days...



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