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    Membership Issues ALSC site granted temporary stay of execution
    posted by jon on Monday April 29 2002, @11:51PM

    fnord writes "My previous report of the At Large Study Committee Forum's impending cryogenic state was premature. ICANN has now announced that the exotic ALSC insect (as in: it's a bug, not a feature) will have its entombment postponed for a month until May 31. This is ostensibly in the hope it might first host or hatch numerous offspring of varying mutations which may have a chance at survival. More cynically it is an attempt to divide and conquer."

    The email announcement states:
    Persons operating discussion lists that have bearing on At-Large matters are invited, no later than 20 May 2002, to add the list name (and details about how to subscribe and other relevant information) to a compilation of "At-Large" lists. The submissions will be compiled and posted on the ALSC forum, which will remain open until 31 May to encourage broad distribution and use of the lists.
    Why am I cynical? First off, the once promised (and to some of us, promising) double helix of a Board with an equal elected strand has been so thoroughly, continuously, and deliberately bent out of shape by the other strand, first through delay, then through downsizing, and now through M. Stuart Lynn's Road to Reform irradiating it into sterility. It is ludicrous to think that this one minute to midnight temporary reprieve of the petrie dish used to perform some of their hamfisted genesplicing is some blessing bestowed by the ICANN BoD and staff. The idea that such dubious parentage could spawn numerous silk purses from a sow's ear (if only given one month more) leaves me thankful that ICANN does not oversee genomics, or we'd wind up with a real paradise.

    Second, replacing eight lists with nine or eleventeen lists including the same few individuals who just have to reply to every post despite, or perhaps because, their responses are certified free of useful content (and then crossposting them for good measure), is no more of an improvement, or less of a waste of time, than trying to follow the bouncing ball of nine to five to six to zero At Large Board seats.

    Third and finally, such a compilation of lists just gives those who run (and will always run) ICANN or its offspring a map to continue playing at digital Darwinism. Far better to be unpredictable, far better to act largely alone, to coalesce only where and when necessary. Look at what is going on with peer to peer sharing. Stamp out Napster and it splits into different entities, mutates in various unforeseen ways, and multiplies in size and effect. It doesn't leave a single trail when it evolves, it leaves so many (and more each time it willingly or forcefully splits) that it becomes for all practical purposes untraceable. It has no single point of control (hence failure), and it certainly doesn't ask to leave a forwarding address, or for permission to exist from those who crushed its forebear.

    When it divides, it does so on its own terms, by its own laws. It lives and grows, unlike the artificially stunted and increasingly maladaptive DNS, or ICANN BoD. You say you want to help me with the Gordian knot (composed of once fruitful DNA which always devolves to endless tangled threads) now clogging my bozofilter, by replacing it with a bunch of furballs? Sorry, even if they bounce I'm not gonna bite, that's not how this internet thing works. The internet was built to be theoretically indestructible, one would have to disable too many nodes to bring it down. We are watching the net evolve in fast forward via our computer screens, it is becoming even more difficult to conquer. Now the nodes are a multiplying, morphing, moving target. The more you attempt to control the internet, the less control you have. Give it up, go with the flow, this isn't survival of the witless. -g

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    Re: ALSC site granted temporary stay of execution
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Thursday May 02 2002, @09:12PM (#6121)
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    Danny Younger asks a necessary question of former (or also reprieved?) ALSC staff member Denise Michel: define your terms.

    BTW, Danny's recent evaluation of ICANN is the most damning indictment of the current ICANN regime I have seen in one place. It should be required reading for anyone supporting or opposing ICANN, or the idly curious like the US DoC. I don't see anything wrong with multiple @larges, the more the merrier, right down to units approximating each individual. There are tens of millions of downloads of file sharing programs. Many of those programs are each sharing multiple files that IP and control folks don't want shared. That is where the action is, not whether an ICANN appointed gatekeeper is pretending to listen to x number of groups.

    People are voting with their mice in the millions on what they consider rough consensus and running code. Though I do think it foolish of the ICANN power elite that they expect the control of IP#s and the DNS will allow them to stem this tide, and therefore have broken the @Large into pieces as they wrongly saw it as in their way to domination. Instead of one entity they can watch, infiltrate, corrupt, control, etc. they will have several. Instead of having to deal with one group coming forward with a consensual position, they will have to deal with many divergent views from all and sundry, and they claim not to have the resources to even handle the former. It is like battling a DoS attack by begging for a DDoS attack. These people really don't get it but they are for the most part old and slow and won't last forever.

    Danny is also part of a GA poll asking for a motion asking for a poll (don't ask, that's how the GA works, or rather, does things) asking the DoC to rebid the ICANN contract. That might slow down the control freaks for a bit, but any subsequent successful bidder would be the same power elite who might learn from their mistakes and gain more power. There are some things they do get. Because their public face would appear different and sanitized they would also be given initial trust. Better the devil you know... Still, it wouldn't really matter either way, they are dinosaurs and the number of oncoming meteorites is largely irrelevant. -g

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