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    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.

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    Yes, governments
    by phoffman@proper.com on Wednesday February 05 2003, @06:06PM (#11094)
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    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.
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