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    Unclassifiable (rare) ICANN-Europe List Closes
    posted by michael on Friday August 13 2004, @01:07PM

    Thomas Roessler has closed the ICANN-Europe mailing list. Once a low-traffic, hiqh quality talking shop to discuss .eu and other issues, it had (like so much discussion about ICANN in the wake of the takeover) become moribund.

    The text of the final message follows


    this is the final message to the icann-europe list; the list will be shut down when this message has been distributed. (Yes, I said I'd shut it down last January...)

    To stay informed about ICANN, I recommend that you regularly visit the following weblogs:

    * Chris Ambler   at http://onthenet.ambler.net/
    * Karl Auerbach  at http://www.cavebear.com/cbblog/
    * Susan Crawford at http://scrawford.blogware.com/
    * Bret Fausett   at http://blog.lextext.com/blog
    * Ross Rader     at http://www.byte.org/blog
    * Wendy Seltzer  at http://wendy.seltzer.org/blog/
    * myself         at http://log.does-not-exist.org/

    An aggregator that pulls together most of these blogs is at <http://aggregator.does-not-exist.org/>.

    For public discussions about ICANN, ICANNwatch at http://www.icannwatch.org/ is probably the best place.

    Sadly, I'm not aware of any public mailing lists for informed discussion about ICANN and across constituency boundaries at this point of time. During the reform process, we had hoped the GNSO's GA list could fulfill that function; unfortunately, I can't recommend joining that list to anyone.

    If you want to channel input into ICANN, you're always welcome to write to the At-Large Advisory Committee (of which I'm a member and the liaison to the GNSO Council) at <forum(at)alac.icann.org>.

    In any event, thanks to all of you for the good discussions for which this list was used in its better days.

    (And while ICANN may look less interesting today than the elections made it look in 2000, it needs public scrutiny just as much as back then. Or maybe even more, given the challenges in creating accountability mechanisms for it.)

    Kind regards, -- Thomas Roessler
    Personal soap box at <http://log.does-not-exist.org/>.

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    GA list archives
    by GeorgeK on Friday August 13 2004, @02:11PM (#14059)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    ICANN stopped creating archives [icann.org] of the General Assembly [icann.org] mailing list, and emails to the Secretariat to fix the archives go unanswered. Nice way to shut out the public and domain owners, who ultimately fund ICANN, from public discussions, and to eliminate dialogue between constituencies....

    How can one have any "bottom-up consensus" when the bottom has no voice? And ALAC is hardly a "voice", as their site is a ghost-town. The GA list, in comparison, was highly effective and vigorous in the WLS, WHOIS, and SiteFinder debates.

    If ICANN wants to increase public participation (or if ALAC wants to do the same), all they need to do is spend $200 or less, and buy vBulletin [vbulletin.com], which is the top choice amongst the most active domain name forums.
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