ICANNWatch
 
  Inside ICANNWatch  
Submit Story
Home
Lost Password
Preferences
Site Messages
Top 10 Lists
Latest Comments
Search by topic

Our Mission
ICANN for Beginners
About Us
How To Use This Site
ICANNWatch FAQ
Slash Tech Info
Link to Us
Write to Us

  Useful ICANN sites  
  • ICANN itself
  • Bret Fausett's ICANN Blog
  • Internet Governance Project
  • UN Working Group on Internet Governance
  • Karl Auerbach web site
  • Müller-Maguhn home
  • UDRPinfo.com;
  • UDRPlaw.net;
  • CircleID;
  • LatinoamerICANN Project
  • ICB Tollfree News

  •   At Large Membership and Civil Society Participation in ICANN  
  • icannatlarge.com;
  • Noncommercial Users Constituency of ICANN
  • NAIS Project
  • ICANN At Large Study Committee Final Report
  • ICANN (non)Members page
  • ICANN Membership Election site

  • ICANN-Related Reading
    Browse ICANNWatch by Subject

    Ted Byfied
    - ICANN: Defending Our Precious Bodily Fluids
    - Ushering in Banality
    - ICANN! No U CANN't!
    - roving_reporter
    - DNS: A Short History and a Short Future

    David Farber
    - Overcoming ICANN (PFIR statement)

    A. Michael Froomkin
    - When We Say US™, We Mean It!
    - ICANN 2.0: Meet The New Boss
    - Habermas@ discourse.net: Toward a Critical Theory of Cyberspace
    - ICANN and Anti-Trust (with Mark Lemley)
    - Wrong Turn in Cyberspace: Using ICANN to Route Around the APA & the Constitution (html)
    - Form and Substance in Cyberspace
    - ICANN's "Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy"-- Causes and (Partial) Cures

    Milton Mueller
    - Ruling the Root
    - Success by Default: A New Profile of Domain Name Trademark Disputes under ICANN's UDRP
    - Dancing the Quango: ICANN as International Regulatory Regime
    - Goverments and Country Names: ICANN's Transformation into an Intergovernmental Regime
    - Competing DNS Roots: Creative Destruction or Just Plain Destruction?
    - Rough Justice: A Statistical Assessment of the UDRP
    - ICANN and Internet Governance

    David Post
    - Governing Cyberspace, or Where is James Madison When We Need Him?
    - The 'Unsettled Paradox': The Internet, the State, and the Consent of the Governed

    Jonathan Weinberg
    - Sitefinder and Internet Governance
    - ICANN, Internet Stability, and New Top Level Domains
    - Geeks and Greeks
    - ICANN and the Problem of Legitimacy

    Highlights of the ICANNWatch Archive
    (June 1999 - March 2001)


     
    The Big Picture Brock Meeks Pulls No Punches
    posted by michael on Friday May 31 2002, @03:49AM

    "The issue of Internet governance has all the appeal of a rare intestinal disease and less political clout than an orphan drug." That's Brock Meeks introducing a pungent description of the current state of ICANN over at MSNBC.com: ICANN, he says, has "become a real-time parody of its acronym.

    "The brutal truth is, ICANN can't. It can't handle the task initially given to it, can't handle the tasks it usurped along the way in classic Washingtonian mission creep style, can't keep its promises and can't manage to stay away from controversy. ICANN has eaten itself and then proceeded to ask for seconds and thirds."



    There's lots more, and almost all of it on target. My only quibble is that I think Meeks misdescribes the danger to Internet stability. The odd truth is that if ICANN were to vanish, in the short run the Internet would keep on running fine. (There are a few critical IANA tasks that need doing for updates, but this it a one or two person task. And ICANN isn't doing its job here anyway, preferring to refuse to update ccTLD records in order to blackmail the ccTLDs into signing ICANN's "obey and pay" contracts.)

    The real ICANN danger isn't that it collapses and things go bad -- it is that ICANN centralizes power, escapes accountability, and then misuses its expanded powers. There are good things a good ICANN could enable others to do; there are a few very bad things a bad ICANN does and plenty more it could do. No ICANN at all would be a pretty easy problem to cope with.

     
      ICANNWatch Login  
    Nickname:

    Password:

    [ Don't have an account yet? Please create one. It's not required, but as a registered user you can customize the site, post comments with your name, and accumulate reputation points ("karma") that will make your comments more visible. ]

     
      Related Links  
  • refuse to update ccTLD records in order to blackmail the ccTLDs
  • pungent
  •  
    This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
    Brock Meeks Pulls No Punches | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 12 comments | Search Discussion
    Click this button to post a comment to this story
    The options below will change how the comments display
    Threshold:
    Check box to change your default comment view
    The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
    Re: Brock Meeks Pulls No Punches
    by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Friday May 31 2002, @04:37AM (#6600)
    User #3359 Info | http://www.ad2000d.co.uk/
    Let's not go overboard -

    Yes, ICANN has made some BIG mistakes, but the UDRP is BASICALLY a good idea... It just needs some more revision and Review and Appeal Procedures implemented.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]


    Search ICANNWatch.org:


    Privacy Policy: We will not knowingly give out your personal data -- other than identifying your postings in the way you direct by setting your configuration options -- without a court order. All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 by ICANNWatch.Org. This web site was made with Slashcode, a web portal system written in perl. Slashcode is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.
    You can syndicate our headlines in .rdf, .rss, or .xml. Domain registration services donated by DomainRegistry.com