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    posted by michael on Monday October 04 2004, @10:46AM

    Mike Sorros writes, "Prof. Mueller wrote in a story about a hastily drafted staff document ICANN issued, purporting to be a strategy for selecting new TLDs.
    ICANN simply must have spent all its effort to defend itself in regard of the WSIS process and simply has had no time left for the real important tasks.
    Last Thursday a senate hearing took place at Washington DC with the topic: "ICANN Oversight and Security of Internet Root Servers and the Domain Name System (DNS)":
    Mr. John Kneuer, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the NTIA made the following statement:
    "Further, the Department does not believe that any existing UN body, such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) or the UN ICT Task Force, is qualified to assume the responsibilities currently held by ICANN for the technical coordination and management of the Internet domain name system."
    A very strong, interestingly very direct (undiplomatic) and clearly ICANN self-serving statement."

    "It's a shame how U.N. organizations are treated these times! Ironically many high level positions at the ITU for example, especially in the Domain Name area, are held by Americans!
    The U.S. Government clearly want to keep its power over ICANN, there is no doubt. Most of the arguments against an international body, such as the ITU which would be responsible for the technical coordination and management of the Internet domain name system, are just non-existing arguments. 
    The only real and honest argument is that Mr. Vint Cerf and his ICANN board colleagues simply want to keep their personal power, which in my view is a consensus between the ICANN board, mainly Mr. Vint Cerf, and the U.S. Government which allows them to continue to favor entities which are closely connected to them. Unfortunately the internet is a global communication network and can no longer be governed solely in the interest of one single country or a group of people. 
    I understand "consensus based" as the intention to work on a consensus which can be accepted by the majority of the International Community. Unfortunately the U.S. Government is more and more moving away from backing U.N. resolutions and is more and more going it's own way...
    Today the U.S. Government simply tries to block every initiative which could result in loss of power over ICANN. What Mr. Kneuer left open is the integration of ICANN into the ITU. In my opinion ICANN should simply be integrated into the ITU as a new so called ITU-I Sector..."

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