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    ICANN Staff and Structure Sold Out: My perspective on the "Reforms"
    posted by Mueller on Monday February 25 2002, @07:36AM

    Stuart Lynnís "reform" proposal is an admission that ICANN as it exists is a failure. But what has failed and why?

    Lynnís notion of ďreformĒ is to jettison all those aspects of ICANN that were innovative and unique to the Internet community: the private sector basis, the at-large membership as a proxy for the global Internet community, the grounding in bottom-up consensus development, etc. That is a real tragedy, for a rhetorical (and occasional substantive) commitment to self-governance, however much it was honored in the breach, was ICANNís only saving grace.

    I have been predicting since 1999 that ICANN would be pressured to assume the form of an intergovernmental organization. This is not something I wanted to see happen, it was just something I expected to happen. The only thing surprising here is that it is ICANNís management itself that is brazenly selling out to governments. I rather expected ICANN would be pressured by governments to accommodate a larger role for states. I even fantasized that the people who controlled ICANN would resist it somewhat.

    But I underestimated the narrow organizational imperatives that seem to drive ICANN management. This reform plan seems to be motivated solely by a desire to quadruple the budget and avoid the hard work of building a membership and a permanent policy development procedure. The keystone of the plan is a Faustian bargain with national governments. Instead of EARNING the support of ccTLDs, Internet users, and other stakeholders, management wants to coast on taxation and the second-hand political legitimacy of national governments. I donít think that will be accepted by the global Internet community.

    And (while I could be wrong) there is no indication of support for this move from the US government. It may be that ICANN is (once again) thumbing its nose at the USA and hoping that deals with the European Commission and a few westernized Asian states will bring it greater independence from the US. If that is part of the game, it is a very dangerous game indeed.

    There is a basic contradiction here: if Internet governance is going to take place via an intergovernmental regime, why start with the existing ICANN? Why not start from scratch? In the end, Stuart Lynn and the small Jones Day clique may be hoist by their own petard.

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    Re: ICANN will succeed
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Monday February 25 2002, @10:57AM (#5067)
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    Joking aside, could you perhaps specify what there is to like here? I'd love to see a *serious* defense of this plan, ideally from someone who is neither paid by ICANN nor profits from it.
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