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    ICANN Meetings Board of Directors
    Rome, In a Day
    posted by michael on Saturday March 06 2004, @06:28AM

    The ICANN Board reached a number of decisions in Rome. As is usually the case many of the proposed resolutions were whipped out at the last minute, giving the public little if any meaningful chance to think about them or comment. (You can see the Board's extensive (not) public discussion here.) But that's really OK, because no one would have been listening to the comments anyway.

    Among the big decisions:

    • Approval of WLS in principle -- which now goes on to contractual negotiations...which may involve negotiations with the US government.
    • Appointment of a Conflicts Committee...including Michael Palage. I happen to think Mr. Palage is nice person, and honest too, but is there anyone with more fingers in more ICANN-related pies, and therefore more conflicts than he?
    • Appointment of the crucial Nominating Committee Chair: Jean-Jacques Damlamian. Given the importance of this office--the so-called NoCom actually picks much of the Board--how can it be that a Board committee goes off in secret, and produces a name with no opportunity for public nominations or comment? (And isn't it helpful (and open and transparent!) to be told that this secret committee used "various criteria" in making the choice!) Is a major establishment French telecoms honcho the sort of person who best represents the public interest in ICANN? (A: If he is, it's an accident, as that was not one of the criteria. But he's a "SIGNIFICANT SUPPORTER OF ICANN," and that's what matters.)

    Presumably the WLS decision makes one part of the VeriSign lawsuit moot (but raises the salience of the registrars' lawsuit). Whether it will cause a rethink on the rest of the VeriSign suit is a most interesting question.

    It will be interesting also to see how much ICANN uses the word "consensus" to describe its decisions since the WLS decision joins the pantheon of decisions made in the face of fierce public opposition. One crucial difference, however, is that the new ICANN rules no longer require it to claim a consensus. The Board can do what it likes. Since it always did, I consider this aspect of the revised rules to at least win points for honesty.

    PS. If anyone reading this has seen M. Damlamian at ICANN meetings, or worked with him on ICANN matters, it would be interesting to hear about it and what he was like. (I don't mean to suggest he hasn't necessarily been active, just that he and I have not crossed paths.)

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    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Saturday March 06 2004, @08:17AM (#13099)
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    Damlamian rates a total of one mention [icann.org] on the icann.org website, away back in 1999 when France Telecom/Oléane became one of the testbed registrars (I forget, did they ever announce the results of that test?). By means of comparison I'm mentioned about 500 times and I'm a nobody (nor was I trying to pad my stats). Our esteemed editor and host Michael Froomkin is approaching 2000 mentions (perhaps we should get him a cake). Damlamian must have either been in a cave or a coma on matters regarding ICANN for the last 5 years. -g
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    WLS and ICANN
    by PageHowe on Saturday March 06 2004, @06:14PM (#13116)
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    the reason i am against the WLS approval is it was a probelm being experienced by a registry operator, it seems that after the redemption period has been put in place the problem, was verisign wanted a new system,....not the public.

    So it wasnt happy that its reconsideration committee (not even at a board meeting) approval wasnt good enough.

    its in this agenda setting that the public never gets a chance to put something on the table for ICANN to decide on. I think paul twoomey's utter rejection of icann having anything to do with spam is a perfect example...and the fact that he jokes about all the emails he gets just shows how disconnected ICANN is from its mission...it wont do anything about the number one thing it is asks to fix...it wont even tackle it.

    Spam is technical coordination problem, how to strengthen the network operator ties that bind the internet in a way that reduces the number one source of extra traffic in the world.

    SO ICANN doesnt do anything about a public problem, and solves an issue verisign has with wanting to introduce WLS.

    Now as to the next step, i would like to see the bush administration move the ICANN contract to the FCC, much more experienced in dealing with these issues than commerce. If Michael Powell can handle telecommunications and VOIP and Television Networks, he should handle ICANN also.

    Page Howe
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    Re:Read 'em & Weep, Folks ...
    by PageHowe on Saturday March 06 2004, @11:12AM (#13101)
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    This was probably the least informed post i have ever seen...no wonder it was anonymous.

    Please name one service - besides Snapnames - that charges whether or not you get the name - ....theres only one other and at least they only charge $12 instead of snapnames $45-60.

    ahh.. ohh. aaa.

    Thats right, every market driven solution charges only on succees..only the icann granted monopolies restrict competition....and thats what we have.

    A free marketplace policies itself...a franchise granted marketplace enriches one stakeholder.

    Page Howe
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    Re:Read 'em & Weep, Folks ...
    by jberryhill on Saturday March 06 2004, @02:44PM (#13106)
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    "Later, I've got lists to make."

    LOL... good luck beating the "wizards, magicians, auctioneers, snappers, drop-catchers, and drop-catching script specialists" to the WLS.
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    Re:Read 'em & Weep, Folks ...
    by jberryhill on Saturday March 06 2004, @02:47PM (#13107)
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    "Later, I've got lists to make."

    LOL... good luck. The "wizards, magicians, auctioneers, snappers, drop-catchers, and drop-catching script specialists" made their WLS lists long before you'll ever get in line.

    Oh, that's right, I forgot. A magic force field is going to prevent them from snapping up all the good WLS subscriptions en masse the day that WLS is made available.

    Just like it did for all the .info names.
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    Re:Read 'em & Weep, Folks ...
    by jberryhill on Wednesday March 10 2004, @05:19AM (#13154)
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    http://www.verisign.com/nds/naming/namestore/smp/s cenario.html

    "WLS has two target markets. The first comprises those who trade in domain name registrations
    as their primary business."

    Any questions?
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