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    The Big Picture Berkman's John Palfrey on the Nature and Future of ICANN
    posted by michael on Tuesday December 09 2003, @08:01PM

    While on the subject of Berkman papers, check out John Palfrey, The End of the Experiment, described as a "working paper" on ICANN and governance. Mr. Palfrey is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, and while I've only skimmed the paper it looks to be very interesting, whether or not one agrees with it -- and there is plenty there for people on all sides of the ICANN debates to take issue with.

    This is a thoughtful and ambitious paper based on a mountain of research. It covers a lot of territory. It may make some people mad. I enjoyed it, even though I would debate some of the conclusions.

    And, to nitpick, if not actual devils in the details then there are at least a few imps hidden in the footnotes. For example, could anyone who has participated in the ICANN supporting organizations really think that it's even plausible for anyone to argue, even in an argument presented as something of a straw man, that given the meager rates of participation and the way in which some of the SO's are controlled from the top down, "ICANN has in fact succeeded in its goal of representing user interests through an open decision-making process when you consider the powerful – though not omnipotent – role of the Supporting Organizations. Plausibly, the argument goes, it is within these Supporting Organizations that broad-based consensus is reached..."?

    But don't let a little nit-picking stop you from engaging with Mr. Palfrey's ideas.

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    Section 4.2 will be helpful in the WLS legal case (or unhelpful, if you happen to be Jones Day).
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