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    ICANNWatch.org Big Changes Coming to ICANNWatch Thanks to Markle Grant
    posted by michael on Monday November 04 2002, @05:46AM

    Since its inception in June, 1999, ICANNWatch has sought to provide a reliable, critical, and open forum for information and discussions about ICANN and its relation to the governance of the net. We switched to the current interactive format in March 2001, and we're now at about our thousandth 'front-page' item, with many thousands of user-submitted comments affixed to them. We did it all on a volunteer basis: the site has operated without any funding, or indeed any money changing hands other than domain name registration fees--and those were kindly provided at a discount.

    As our efforts have become more popular, the quirks and limitations of the free software we are using have become more apparent. Our aged version 4.2 of PHP-Nuke is supposed to have an upgrade path, but for reasons we don't fully understand our attempts to upgrade to newer versions failed. We have stayed with it as long as we have because any changes risked damaging the accessibility of our archive, and we think that this site performs an important historic and archival role as well as being a discussion forum. Without ICANNWatch and a very small (but happily increasing) number of other sites, people might start to believe ICANN's accounts of itself.

    For some time, however, we've felt that the value and even the future of ICANNWatch was threatened by the limitations of our software. As ICANNWatch relies on volunteer efforts and donated services, upgrading the software and porting the collected contributions of readers seemed to involve a prohibitive cost.

    We are pleased to announce that the Markle Foundation has awarded a generous grant to ICANNWatch to meet this need.



    At key points in ICANN's development over the last four years, the Markle foundation has supported efforts to promote public involvement in ICANN. The foundation has withdrawn its financial support for elections to ICANN's board of directors, but we hope that this grant indicates that Markle remains committed to promoting and informed, critical voice in debates about the governance of the net.

    Thanks to this grant, with the help of the nice folks at openflows we will soon be converting this site -- including all archived stories and user comments -- to slashcode, which is the free and open-source software that runs the popular slashdot site. Slash software includes many useful community-building tools, including user moderation, and the ability to customize your viewing options to see only those comments you are likely to find most interesting. We'll be able to provide e-mail updates to those who want them, and some other useful tools. The awful bugs in our RSS headline provision (and also headline aggregation) will be fixed. In time, it may be that we can offer web-based support to user-self organization efforts or to ICANN non-commercial constituency -- although given ICANN's reaction to this site, association with us may carry some political baggage for those still trying to move the monolith from within.

    Converting from PHP-Nuke to Slash is not a simple process at all, and the exact timetable for this long-hoped-for conversion is still unclear, but there's a decent chance we'll have it in place before ICANN's Annual Meeting in mid-December. Once we have a conversion path ironed out, we will make it available as open source for anyone else wishing to undertake a similar convesion.

    At this time, we would like to thank those whose generous support has allowed ICANNWatch to develop this far -- in particular the anonymous donors who have provided hosting and technical support for us. We could never have done it without you, guys.

     
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