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    USA Goverment Relations Twomey Says ICANN will go Private in 2006
    posted by Mueller on Tuesday November 16 2004, @06:43AM

    An Australian news source claims that ICANN CEO Paul Twomey has "warned off the UN, saying [ICANN] will operate as a private organisation when its agreement with the US Department of Commerce expires in 2006."

    After 2006, according to Twomey, ICANN will not be under the authority of any international organization. ""The internet is 200,000 private networks linked by private agreement," Dr Twomey said in the article. "At the heart of the way the internet works is that it grows quickly through the private-sector model. It's not formulated by international treaty."

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    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday November 16 2004, @09:09AM (#14440)
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    Without DoC backing ICANN becomes merely a private California corporation with contracts that control access to an entire industrial segment that, in turn, controls an increasingly critical infrastructure.

    I personally doubt that an ICANN sans DoC will be able to continue to prevent the "restraint of trade" tide from coming in.

    As it stands today ICANN's restraint of trade policies are imposing a noticable direct tax and a much larger (several hundred million $$ per year indirect tax) on internet activity. I would suspect that there are lots of places in our world where such corporate behaviour is improper.

    And there is more. I just spent some time inside some of the thicker-walled three-letter agencies in and near Washington DC. I got the very distinct impression that with the current "security first" mentality that ICANN, and the Dept of Commerce, will be in for a big surprise if they try to cut ICANN's ties to the US government.

    In the 1950's one the damning question asked of agencies and bureaucrats was "Who lost China?" I doubt that many of today's bureaucrats want to risk ending their careers by being at the wrong end of the question "Who lost the Internet?"
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    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Wednesday November 17 2004, @10:13AM (#14444)
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    One wonders what Paul Twomey means by private. Is .mil private? Is .gov? Is .au? -g
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