ICANNWatch
 
  Inside ICANNWatch  
Submit Story
Home
Lost Password
Preferences
Site Messages
Top 10 Lists
Latest Comments
Search by topic

Our Mission
ICANN for Beginners
About Us
How To Use This Site
ICANNWatch FAQ
Slash Tech Info
Link to Us
Write to Us

  Useful ICANN sites  
  • ICANN itself
  • Bret Fausett's ICANN Blog
  • Internet Governance Project
  • UN Working Group on Internet Governance
  • Karl Auerbach web site
  • Müller-Maguhn home
  • UDRPinfo.com;
  • UDRPlaw.net;
  • CircleID;
  • LatinoamerICANN Project
  • ICB Tollfree News

  •   At Large Membership and Civil Society Participation in ICANN  
  • icannatlarge.com;
  • Noncommercial Users Constituency of ICANN
  • NAIS Project
  • ICANN At Large Study Committee Final Report
  • ICANN (non)Members page
  • ICANN Membership Election site

  • ICANN-Related Reading
    Browse ICANNWatch by Subject

    Ted Byfied
    - ICANN: Defending Our Precious Bodily Fluids
    - Ushering in Banality
    - ICANN! No U CANN't!
    - roving_reporter
    - DNS: A Short History and a Short Future

    David Farber
    - Overcoming ICANN (PFIR statement)

    A. Michael Froomkin
    - When We Say US™, We Mean It!
    - ICANN 2.0: Meet The New Boss
    - Habermas@ discourse.net: Toward a Critical Theory of Cyberspace
    - ICANN and Anti-Trust (with Mark Lemley)
    - Wrong Turn in Cyberspace: Using ICANN to Route Around the APA & the Constitution (html)
    - Form and Substance in Cyberspace
    - ICANN's "Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy"-- Causes and (Partial) Cures

    Milton Mueller
    - Ruling the Root
    - Success by Default: A New Profile of Domain Name Trademark Disputes under ICANN's UDRP
    - Dancing the Quango: ICANN as International Regulatory Regime
    - Goverments and Country Names: ICANN's Transformation into an Intergovernmental Regime
    - Competing DNS Roots: Creative Destruction or Just Plain Destruction?
    - Rough Justice: A Statistical Assessment of the UDRP
    - ICANN and Internet Governance

    David Post
    - Governing Cyberspace, or Where is James Madison When We Need Him?
    - The 'Unsettled Paradox': The Internet, the State, and the Consent of the Governed

    Jonathan Weinberg
    - Sitefinder and Internet Governance
    - ICANN, Internet Stability, and New Top Level Domains
    - Geeks and Greeks
    - ICANN and the Problem of Legitimacy

    Highlights of the ICANNWatch Archive
    (June 1999 - March 2001)


     
    The Big Picture Nominet Chair Worries About an Expansive ICANN
    posted by michael on Wednesday February 05 2003, @04:10AM

    It begins,
    The original construction of, and now proposed reforms for, ICANN appear to be predicated on the need for a board of directors with the power to decide policies and practices on a global basis for the whole Internet. This, in turn, leads to the demand from every interest group, in any way involved with the Internet, to be at that board table, or at the least have a hand in who gets to sit at the table. Alleged “sovereign” interests are at stake. It gives rise in the current reform to elaborate and, to many, unfair and arbitrary mechanisms of Nominating Committees, Councils and Task Forces, but with no clear understanding as to who the owners or custodians of the corporation are, or ought to be. Is this a true Internet democracy or just a scramble for power and control and a desire from those already at the table to remain there?
    and it goes on from there. It's Nominet chairman Dr. Willie Black's thoughts about ICANN. For some reason, he's concerned that, "The original construction of, and now proposed reforms for, ICANN appear to be predicated on the need for a board of directors with the power to decide policies and practices on a global basis for the whole Internet." An interesting read -- even if rather pro-GAC.



    Here's the eloquent -- albeit debatable -- conclusion, in which "these decisions" refers to what Dr. Black sees as the two toughest issues ICANN cannot avoid: creation of new gTLDs and contested ccTLD redelgations:
    Ultimately, these decisions can only be made by governments. Doing this via a Treaty organization, such as the ITU, might be too clumsy and certainly not speedy. Perhaps the final decision has to rest with the GAC, taking account of the advice of the various ICANN fora.

    So, while ICANN struggles yet again to create the impossible “Global Council of the Internet”, they fail to persuade the majority of stakeholders that they mean well. Potential members, such as the ccTLD managers, will support ICANN if it is seen to be benign, beneficial to their own operations, non-threatening in wielding power, and true value for money for their participation fees. Start simple; keep it simple; and win the hearts and minds - not enemies.


     
      ICANNWatch Login  
    Nickname:

    Password:

    [ Don't have an account yet? Please create one. It's not required, but as a registered user you can customize the site, post comments with your name, and accumulate reputation points ("karma") that will make your comments more visible. ]

     
      Related Links  
  • Government Advisory Committee
  • ITU
  • ICANN
  • Nominet, the .uk registry
  • Dr. Willie Black's thoughts about ICANN
  • More on The Big Picture
  • Also by michael
  •  
    This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
    Nominet Chair Worries About an Expansive ICANN | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 2 comments | Search Discussion
    Click this button to post a comment to this story
    The options below will change how the comments display
    Threshold:
    Check box to change your default comment view
    The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
    Yes, governments
    by phoffman@proper.com on Wednesday February 05 2003, @06:06PM (#11094)
    User #2063 Info
    If we want ICANN to represent people, we can either create a world-wide democracy with secure voting, fair representation rules, enough start-up legitimacy, and so on, or we can rely on the structures that world already has, namely governments. Yes, they are amazingly lame often; but they have the legitimacy that anything new can't have.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]


    Search ICANNWatch.org:


    Privacy Policy: We will not knowingly give out your personal data -- other than identifying your postings in the way you direct by setting your configuration options -- without a court order. All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 by ICANNWatch.Org. This web site was made with Slashcode, a web portal system written in perl. Slashcode is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.
    You can syndicate our headlines in .rdf, .rss, or .xml. Domain registration services donated by DomainRegistry.com