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    ITU Wall Street Journal on ITU (and ICANN)
    posted by tbyfield on Monday October 21 2002, @03:58PM

    Back in the day, it was a struggle to get mainstream media to think about writing about the administration of the net. Reporters here and there might be interested (and hats off those who were), but the refrain was always the same: "But my editor..." Well, those days are over, it seems: today's Wall Street Journal runs an article whose headline says a lot: "ITU Attempts to Do What Icann Couldn't." It's only a shame that ICANN got away with so much keystone konsensus before the mainstream press woke up.

    The article, by Kevin J. Delaney, is remarkably detailed and subtle for such a short piece. Thus, it comes as little surprise that ICANN, which has grown accustomed to shall we say pre-1989 disparities between fact and official proclamations, "declined to comment."

    The article's kicker is a quote from ICANN's own 2 October "Final Implementation Report and Recommendations of the Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform": "It is now clear that a purely private-sector body cannot effectively carry out the ICANN mission." Well, a purely private-sector body governed with the arrogance, ambition, and adhocratic tendencies that ICANN has shown clearly can't; a smaller, more modest, and more open organization would likely have fared -- and could yet fare -- much better. But rather than institute any actual reform, ICANN arrived at this quasi-conclusion in the hope that governments would step in to save it from the teeming hordes of stakeholders.

    It seems unlikely that ICANN anticipated that the ITU would interpret that admission of failure as an invitation and issue a thousand-plus-word resolution about TCP/IP networks "considering" ten statements, "recognizing" four more, "emphasizing" five more, issuing twelve "instructions" to its component bodies, and "inviting" member states to undertake three actions -- without ever once mentioning ICANN.


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