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    ICANN Staff and Structure Why ICANN Needs New Blood
    posted by michael on Sunday March 30 2003, @01:52PM

    scubacuda writes, Akash Kapur of CircleID has written an editorial, Why ICANN Needs Fresh Blood: A Deeper View:
    ICANN was born amid the heady days of Internet euphoria. Its early promise to be the world's first global democracy (not to mention an entirely new form of governance) was a product of that euphoria. But like so many dot-coms, ICANN quickly succumbed to the hubris of its own vision. If ICANN has been a troubled organization from the start, then that is in no small measure because it over-promised at the start.

    "'What's needed is fresh blood -- new personalities, and new ideas to break the ideological impasse,' Kapur writes. Kapur lists cancelled at-large elections, the authoritarianism and secrecy of ICANN discussion, and the narrowing possibility that ICANN could represent a new model of governance as indicators that global democracy has failed."

    [Editor's note: There's also a slashdot thread on this article. - mf]

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    Dreams and reality
    by vbertola on Sunday March 30 2003, @09:49PM (#11409)
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    Yes, it's true: originally ICANN was a dream, and all of us were dreaming of this online global democracy. But then you try, and you learn that things are much more difficult than they seem, and that while you need to have a long term dream to give any meaning to the (unpaid) work you're doing in ICANN, you also need to proceed one step at a time, and to apply practical strategy and political tactics to your final goal. So I am quite sure that those of us who still accept to be involved in ICANN share the dream of those who were fed up - it's just the short-term tactics on which we disagree.

    Just to make an example, you can't have a global democracy without global parties and a global public opinion. We have none of these, and during first elections it was clear that people were voting by personal knowledge, by country or even by random, because they didn't have the necessary preparation to cast informed votes. Those few hundreds of active users who rightly claim a vote for themselves often think that they are like the other billions of Internet users that thus should have a vote - but in fact, they are like the other billions of Internet users *should be*, so that they can actually have a vote.

    Also, I am a little worried about all this focus on "new blood" for ICANN. Yes, the Board should undergo a complete change in faces, and yet ICANN is a very complex structure, and I see the risk that if the Board is filled with a set of high profile people that were never involved in ICANN before, they simply won't have a clue about what's happening nor the time to learn quickly, and will either follow nicely disguised bad advice or do a total mess.
    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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    by scubacuda on Saturday April 05 2003, @08:14AM (#11424)
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    ...thx to yours truly. :)

    I also posted it [harvard.edu] at Greplaw [greplaw.org].

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