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    The Big Picture ICANN According to Fausett [According to Byfield]
    posted by tbyfield on Friday May 24 2002, @04:33AM

    [Update: For the moment, we encourage ICANN Watch readers to interpret two stories on one subject as indicating significance.]

    The indefatigable Bret Fausett, maintainer of ICANN Blog, has done something remarkable: drafted alternative by-laws and a mission statement for ICANN -- red-lined, for convenience of comparison.

    Bret's introduction is here. In it, he hotes, "If at the end of 2001 you had asked me whether ICANN was on the right track, I would have said, with only mild reservation, 'yes.'" Of his proposed revisions, he writes:
    It may be too late to reclaim the ICANN of 2001, but here are a few documents describing the mildly reformed ICANN that I would have liked to have seen take the stage in 2002.[...]
    That Fausett -- what a pill! If, by some supramundane machination, ICANN actually ended up adopting these documents, it would be a very different creature, at least in theory. In practice, though, we've seen time and again that corporate documents are variously read with a precision that can reasonably be described as anal on some occasions (e.g., when it comes to At Large "selections" and terms) but ignored with flagrant abandon on others (e.g., when it comes to the limits of technical coordination). The notion that "actually existing" ICANN would or could be changed by these proposed documents would be naive, if that's what Fausett was thinking; but I somehow doubt it is.

    A little context: JDRPer extraordinaire and ICANN's oustide counsel Joe Sims recently made a series of cameos on the GA mailing -- starting with a discussion of an Individual Stakeholders Constituency and ending, six days later, within hours of the vote on a motion to ask the Department of Commerce to re-bid ICANN's services. In one of his messages, he wrote:

    While these [GA Chair Thomas Roessler's] are cogent comments, they do illustrate the difficulty of actually writing something called a "mission statement" that is both something more than a listing of specific acts that are permissible (which is certainly not a mission statement that would be useful on a going forward basis) and writing something less specific that is not subject to the kind of word-smithing that Thomas has done. I renew the invitation that ICANN has made for several months now: If anyone thinks they can write a better mission statement, please do so. There seem to be a lot more editors than authors in the ICANN population.
    Now, Sims's participation in the GA is hardly the alpha or omega of Fausett's remarkable contribution to discussions about ICANN -- far from it. But Sims's challenge can be taken, I think, as summarizing ICANN's stance on the question of of reform. And Fausett's alternative by-laws and a mission statement very much meet that challenge.

    It will be more than a little interesting to see what, if any, impact his work has on these discussions as they unfold. My hunch is that ICANN will somehow manage not to attend to his proposals in any substantive way. If not, that task may fall to others. Now, courtesy of Bret Fausett's diligent efforts, they may have a real opportunity to do so. Kudos and thanks.

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    by lextext on Friday May 24 2002, @07:24AM (#6499)
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    Thanks for the ICANNWatch double-feature. I've added another document to my Reform comments: My Cost-Effective, Trustworthy Global Election.


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