ICANN’s new nemesis is called CRIDO.
Eighty-seven companies and trade groups have formed the Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight, a lobby group set up to kill ICANN’s “deeply flawed” top-level domains program.
Its new domain, crido.org, is registered to the ANA’s PR firm and currently redirects to the ANA’s gTLD microsite.
The new group said in a press release today:
On behalf of its many constituencies and industries, CRIDO is committed to aggressively fighting ICANN’s proposed program, citing its deeply flawed justification, excessive cost and harm to brand owners, likelihood of predatory cyber harm to consumers and failure to act in the public interest, a core requirement of its commitment to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
If the ICANN program proceeds, CRIDO firmly believes, the loss of trust in Internet transactions will be substantial. In addition, the for profit and non-profit brand community will suffer from billions of dollars in unnecessary expenditures – money that could be better invested in product improvements, capital expenditures and job creation.
CRIDO’s members comprise 47 trade associations, most but not all American, and 40 companies, many of them major household names such as Coca-Cola, Burger King and Kellogg.
Together, they have signed a petition to the Department of Commerce, ICANN’s overseer in the US government, asking it put a halt to the new gTLDs program
The questions now are whether Commerce will do anything concrete to address the demands and, if not, whether CRIDO will decide to put its lawyers where its mouth is instead.
Here’s a handy table of all CRIDO’s members.
|AAF-Dallas||Adobe Systems Incorporated|
|AAF-Fort Worth||Allstate Insurance Company|
|AAF Hampton Roads||American Express|
|AdClub Cincinnati||Brinker International|
|American Advertising Federation (AAF)||Burger King Corporation|
|American Advertising Federation of Des Moines||The Coca-Cola Company|
|American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)||Combe Incorporated|
|American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As)||ConAgra Foods|
|American Beverage Association (ABA)||Costco Wholesale Corporation|
|American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)||Darden Restaurants, Inc.|
|American Health Care Association (AHCA)||Dell Inc.|
|American Insurance Association (AIA)||Dunkin Brands, Inc.|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)||Educational Testing Service (ETS)|
|American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)||Fidelity Investments|
|Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA)||Ford Motor Company|
|Association of National Advertisers (ANA)||General Electric Company|
|Austin Advertising Federation||Hack Creative|
|Boise Advertising Federation||Hewlett-Packard Company|
|Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB)||Hunter Douglas NA|
|Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)||J.C. Penney Company, Inc.|
|Direct Marketing Association (DMA)||Johnson & Johnson|
|European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA)||Kellogg Company|
|European Publishers Council (EPC)||La Quinta|
|Food Marketing Institute (FMI)||Liberty Mutual|
|Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)||MillerCoors|
|Idaho Advertising Federation||Money Mailer of Amarillo|
|Idaho Falls Advertising Federation||Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)||Neon Sun Tanning Salon|
|Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)||Nestle USA|
|Lewis-Clark Valley Advertising Federation||OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC|
|Magic Valley Advertising Federation||Papa Johns|
|Mobile Marketing Association (MMA)||Procter & Gamble|
|MPA - the Association of Magazine Media||Publicis Groupe|
|National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)||Pulte Group|
|National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)||Samsung|
|National Confectioners Association (NCA)||US Bank|
|National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR)||Vanguard|
|National Restaurant Association (NRA)||Verge|
|Pocatello Advertising Federation|
|Promotion Marketing Association (PMA)|
|Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB)|
|Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)|
|Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB)|
|U.S. Chamber of Commerce|
|World Federation of Advertisers (WFA)|