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    The Big Picture ALAC's Graveyard Forum
    posted by michael on Sunday September 12 2004, @10:54AM

    Richard_Henderson writes "13 days ago I submitted a post to the ALAC "public" forum... it has not been published even though we are told "E-mail from the general public concerning ALAC activities is encouraged"... but then I investigated further: the ALAC forum is a graveyard. No mail has been published on the ALAC public forum for 135 days...

    An analysis of the ALAC fora suggests they are almost dead... which is little surprise when you create an organisation for Individual Internet Users but do not allow Individual Internet Users themselves to vote and determine the shape and representatives of "their" organisation...

    Forum: Domain Name Registration Issues: last post: 171 days

    Forum: WHOIS: last post: 185 days ago

    Forum: Spam: last post: 171 days ago

    Forum: Internationalised Domain Names: last post: no post ever submitted

    Forum: New TLDs: last post: 163 days ago

    Forum: WIPO: last post: 135 days ago

    Forum: Registry Service Changes: last post: 222 days ago

    Forum: Verisign Redirections Policy: last post: 161 days ago

    Forum: Miscellaneous Comments: last post: 236 days ago

    Forum: At Large Organising: last post: 185 days ago"

    "I think this demonstrates pretty clearly the lack of involvement of ordinary internet users, and the lack of credibility of ALAC.

    Does ICANN not understand that openness and democracy are the lifeblood of community, and that ICANN will only truely become representative when it allows representation?

    If Individual Internet Users are denied the right to determine their own representatives, why should they take ALAC seriously? Particularly when ICANN has already demonstrated its disdain for democratic representation by expelling the democratically elected representatives of the At Large from the ICANN Board.

    ALAC was invented by ICANN, who hired Denise Michel and co-opted Esther Dyson to get it started. They co-opted a handful of people, to try to massage it into life.

    These silent forums illustrate that you cannot bring back to life something which was dead from the start.


    Richard Henderson"

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