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    The Big Picture Markle Blasts ICANN
    posted by michael on Thursday June 20 2002, @07:15AM

    The Markle Foundation today issued a paper that is highly critical of ICANN. Much more so than its previous statement. Markle, you may recall, put up almost half a million dollars to fund the NAIS whose recommendations ICANN's tame ALSC barely bothered to ignore -- before itself being shafted by the ICANN Board. The heart of the new Markle report can be summed up in one sentence that Markle italicizes to make sure we get the point: ICANN, as it has developed, is seriously flawed as a global institution able to make decisions worthy of deference or to safeguard the public interest in an increasingly networked society.

    While not quite demanding that ICANN be scrapped, the Markle paper is clearly open to the idea: "We also believe that many of the problems and shortcomings ICANN faces highlight a need to look beyond specific proposals to “fix” ICANN and to reflect on the broader question of whether ICANN embodies the right concept and governance structure to implement its mission and separate functions, or whether there are alternatives, such as existing or new global institutions, that should play a key role in managing certain critical parts of the Internet’s architecture. Separating out the question of what needs to be done, from which organization will do it, provides an opportunity to review whether ICANN or some other organization is best able to manage certain elements of the DNS. "

    Which raises the following question: exactly who supports ICANN these days -- other (1) than the people making money off ICANN, and (2) people who think that they have a real chance of joining the first group, and (3) the governments that have been able to use ICANN to get control of the domestic ccTLD (e.g. Australia)?

    Full disclosure: ICANNWatch recently applied to the Markle Foundation for a small grant to enable us to move our site to a better software platform.

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    it would be a nice thing if a relevant owner can just go to the shelf and buy one when they feel the time is relevant to do so.
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