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    Membership Issues The Road System and the At Large
    posted by jon on Thursday June 07 2001, @03:11PM

    lextext writes "Near the end of the General Assembly forum last week, following David Johnson's presentation, there was a discussion among Vint, Esther and David about representation issues. Vint compared ICANN to other infrastructures and noted: "The idea that a particular infrastructure service, kind of like the power system or the road system, needs to have a kind of global election to manage the underlying infrastructure is hard to fully appreciate. We don't do that for the power system and we don't do it for the road system." Don't we? I'm not so sure."

    In a post to the ASLC forum, I suggested that the analogy was flawed and that if ICANN can't scale to allow public representation, then perhaps we should return ICANN's coordination functions back to the entities that have greater experience with public representation. Governments.

    I don't favor that course, but the stakes are indeed high. The failure to build an effective, scalable representation structure for the user community could very well mean the failure of private, self-regulation altogether.

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    Re: The Road System and the At Large
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday June 09 2001, @09:44AM (#780)
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    WIRED is carrying perhaps the hardest hitting piece on ICANN yet to hit the mainstream.

    Louis Touton spashes the word 'community' around some more for emphasis, and says there is a concern that narrow interests might have influenced the @large election. I'll say. Those opposed to the direction of the existing BoD/staff seriously thrashed those favoring the status quo. The BoD/staff (not in that order) claim to represent community interests, when the community responds in the overwhelming negative, it's a narrow interest which needs to be studied to death.

    Let's get real here. Even small town rinky-dink village governments, regulatory boards, NGO's, or what have you would be flayed by any resident press for passing minutes unseen and the staff responsible for getting them out in a timely manner would be on the carpet. That's a single small issue, the incestuous relationships of the major players is what cries out for more investigative reporting, seeing as the DoC and other USG entities are part of that cluster so their oversight leaves much to be desired. Sadly much of the self-organizing ability of the @Large is crippled by disinfo specialists, agents provocateur, and unenlightened self-interest, so that while the truth is out there it is so far out there it isn't on the radar. It's heartening to know that some electronic inkstained wretches can scale to asking just what this multimillion dollar megalithic quasi-public quasi-government beast is slouching towards.

    And that netsol excursion? From remote viewing memory it was a boat trip. There was no room for the 'public' 'community', which is just as well. It would have been told how important it was, asked to pose in a photo-op as the poster child of consensus, then wrapped in chains and dropped overboard. -g

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