It's a little disappointing to see FUD like this from Danny Weitzner, but I'm
not surprised the drumbeat is continuing from the W3C...
"Finally, avoid centralized registries. The Web's hallmark is that anyone
cancreate a Web page, without payment, permission, or registration with any
centralized entity. (Of course the Internet depends on the Domain Name System,
which ICANN manages, but this single registry should be enough.) Some have
proposed adding a newkind of URI, called an XRI, to the OpenID standards.
XRIs require registration with a central authority, and the technology comes
with a great deal of patent licensingun certainty. There's no reason to have to
register XRIs with a new ICANN-like entity when we already have enough
addressing services on the Internet to support other kinds of URIs. Such
bottlenecks should be avoided at all costs."