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    ICANN Staff and Structure Reform Plans
    posted by michael on Saturday June 22 2002, @08:42AM

    I've been attending the conference on the The Public Voice In Internet Policy Making. Initial reactions to ICANN's final and official draft of the official Reform plan range from horror to cynicism.

    Meanwhile, Harald Tveit Alvestrand (IETF/IESG Chair, but speaking for himself only) has advanced an ICANN reform plan of his own.



    There are still people who can be shocked that ICANN would make such bald-faced proposals to make itself rich (per domain name fees set regardless of demonstrated need for funds) and powerful (goodbye consensus, indeed the Board would say it can overrule even a consensus were one to obtain).

    Slides and papers from the public voice event will be online at the Public Voice site soon. Meanwhile, slides of my talk, Lessons Learned from the ICANN Process are available from my personal site.

    Prior to this event I attended INET 2002. The only people I heard say anything nice about ICANN either serve on its Board, work for the Australian government, or (although here the praise was quite tempered by other things) were named Becky Burr. Even before the publication of the ICANN's latest draft, the technology community seemed deeply fed up and frustrated, verging on angry.

     
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    Re: Reform Plans
    by lextext on Saturday June 22 2002, @11:58AM (#7382)
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    Please describe a funding method that you would not be call "a domain name tax." -- Bret
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    Re: Fausett
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday June 22 2002, @06:37PM (#7389)
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    No, it's not just you, though comparing him to Crispin and Crocker is out by orders of magnitude. I've noticed that Bret from time to time seems a bit slow on full disclosure, but that's a concept Crispy Crock wouldn't recognize if they found it in their cereal.

    I'm a bit peeved about this and this, for example. I mean, who the hell cares if the applicant wants to give excess funds to charity? Is it better to pay top management obscene salaries? Is it better to be like NeuLevel and have the CEO hire a relative to do fancy interior decorating? Is it better to be like Veri$ign and spend it on campaign contributions? If, and I know it's a big if, the successful .org bidder can charge less wholesale than Veri$ign does for comnet, and still show a profit, and then choose to put some of that profit into good works, where's the harm? No harm, no foul. Full disclosure: I have zero personal or financial interest in any .org bid. -g

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    Re: ICANN needs to get sued
    by RFassett on Sunday June 23 2002, @06:56AM (#7406)
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    and win what, exactly? "Winning" would also assume a judge could determine the complaintant's application was consitent with ICANN's defined qualifications and paramters for entry. But, since ICANN does not state what these are, this would be a gamble.

    Also, since ICANN's position is that it can not be determined at this point that new TLD's pose a risk to the stability of the Internet addressing system, certainly the complaintant can not expect a judge to rule for automatic entry. This would be another big gamble.

    Do you think ICANN understands these concepts fairly well to the extent that the legal system is a fairly weak mechanism for the applicants to seek third party recourse? I certainly do.

    The day ICANN defines exact criteria on the part of the applicant for entry and removes "stability to the addressing system" as a reason to artificially constrain competition is the day the legal system may then become a viable third party mechanism for parties deemed to have been harmed by "the process." But, don't hold your breath on either of these 2 things any time in the near future. It is by design. When a member of Congress states publicly that "ICANN seems accountable to no one", this is what he means.
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