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    Membership Issues Magaziner bails; Sims peers deep into the hold
    posted by tbyfield on Wednesday July 24 2002, @10:19AM

    In what promises to be a widely noted article, the Washington Post's David McGuire quotes a "disappointed" ICANN godfather Ira Magaziner as saying that "expediency doesn't justify a lack of democratization," and that ICANN "could use some external force now that would require it to rethink and reform in a democratic direction." In the other corner, McQuire quotes JDRPer Joe Sims, whose rapidly growing penchant for bilious provocation suggests either brass-knuckle strategy or madness (it's getting hard to tell), as saying: "We spent three years throwing time and energy down the direct election rat-hole."

    While it's nice to hear Magaziner join the ranks of former ICANN allies who are now staking out positions critical of ICANN, it's too little too late. ICANN's abuses have damaged not just public trust but the "IANA function," the consensus (or, as CEO Stuart Lynn would have it, "coordination") process, and many other aspects where collegiality itself is -- or was -- a substantive contribution to stability.

    McGuire notes that "Magaziner stopped short of endorsing a proposal put forth by some of today's speakers that would call for the Commerce Department to re-bid the agreements under which ICANN operates the DNS."

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    Re: Magaziner bails; Sims peers deep into the hold
    by RFassett on Wednesday July 24 2002, @11:21AM (#8081)
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    Ira Magaziner:

    "I do think [ICANN] could use some external force now that would require it to rethink and reform in a democratic direction,"

    Based upon what I heard at the recent Senate hearings, I don't think Nancy Victory is at all listening.

    Joe Sims:

    "I think if Ira was more knowledgeable about [ICANN's recent history] he would have been more generous in his comments."

    ....and I do not think Mr. Sims really cares to listen to anyone.
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