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    The Big Picture What to Do About ICANN
    posted by michael on Wednesday April 06 2005, @03:29AM

    Hans Klein writes to announce the publication of "WHAT DO TO ABOUT ICANN: A PROPOSAL FOR STRUCTURAL REFORM," by Hans Klein and Milton Mueller

    With the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia quickly approaching, and with the work of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) well underway, it is time to identify concrete policy options for Internet governance. Any initiatives in this area must address the criticisms that have been made of ICANN. Although the international community has defined ďInternet governanceĒ in a way that goes beyond ICANNís control of domain names and addresses, ICANN nonetheless remains central to many issues. Here we propose a series of structural reforms for it."




    "The proposals here are designed to address the most important criticisms that have been made of ICANN. These criticisms include:
    * Concerns about unilateralism by the US Government in its control of the DNS root and its supervision of ICANN.
    * Dissatisfaction with ICANNís Government Advisory Committee (GAC), where governments have only advisory powers.
    * The perception that ICANNís governance model does not properly balance the interests of developed and developing countries and suppliers and users.
    * Concerns about the relations between ICANN, country code top level domain administrators (ccTLDs), and national governments.
    * The overall perception that ICANN lacks legitimacy.

    To address these issues, this paper proposes the following reforms for ICANN:

    1) Limits on power and internationalized oversight. A legally-binding international agreement narrowly defining ICANNís powers and replacing US Government supervision with internationalized supervision . This would allow abolition of ICANNís Government Advisory Committee.

    2) Democratization. Reinstatement and strengthening of the At Large membership of ICANN, especially a return to election of the At Large Board members and the granting of voting rights on ICANNís GNSO to At Large representatives.

    3) Competition. Coordinated sharing of responsibilities between ICANN and the ITU in a way that would allow ccTLD managers and IP address users a choice of alternative governance arrangements.

    See full analysis at: http://www.internetgovernance.org"

     
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    This Paper Deserves Further Attention
    by Richard_Henderson on Wednesday April 06 2005, @05:35AM (#14820)
    User #3269 Info | http://www.atlarge.org/
    I think Milton Mueller and Hans Klein's paper "What to do about ICANN" is really well-informed and makes balanced suggestions which deserve serious attention.

    I guess the question is - how to achieve their adoption.

    Again and again, I think the paper homes in on central issues.

    The irony is that although ICANN has resisted what the paper refers to as 'democratisation' (indeed, it reversed the process in 2002), if adopted, this could significantly strengthen ICANN's own credibility. It is extraordinary that ICANN does not move in these directions at a time when its own legitimacy (as a quango of the Department of Commerce of a single nation) is often called into question. Building legitimacy based on global and societal representation, rather than intra-national and governmental controls, could create a model which protects the Internet / DNS functions from too much political interference and allows for genuine self-determination by multiple stakeholders/constituencies.

    I also like the model of a competitive yet shared role for ICANN and, say, ITU. After all, ICANN itself was launched in part with a view to promoting competition. Why should not ICANN itself not be part of a wider competitive market with more choice.

    I accept that it would still be possible for ICANN to assert a role by itself which could have sufficient credibility if - and only if - it recognised that its credibility needs to be based on accountability and global legitimacy. In short, it needs to put registrants and internet users at the heart of its processes, and should consider the restoration of global At Large elections to a significant number of positions on the ICANN Board.

    Otherwise, pressure for alternative structures will mount.

    I commend "What to do about ICANN" for further study and consideration.

    I hope this gets plenty of attention from all parties.

    With kind regards,

    Richard Henderson

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    What to do about ICANN ? Watch the Stage Play
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 06 2005, @07:33AM (#14823)
    ICANN chairman Vint Cerf said here at the organization's meeting in Argentina that Telcordia has already "agreed the assessment [of Denic] had an error", and corrected the report accordingly. But this did not change the ranking of the five bids, he said.

    Telcordia will be asked to look at Sentan's objections too. While not addressing the complaints directly or giving any weight to their accuracy, Cerf suggested that the true winner will not be known until the ICANN board makes a choice.

    "The concerns will be addressed for resolution to Telcordia," Cerf said at a press conference yesterday. "The ICANN board will have the ultimate decision...The board could decide to negotiate with the second-placed candidate."
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    Watch as ICANN Implodes With More Distractions
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 06 2005, @02:12PM (#14830)
    The current ICANN meeting reaches a new low
    in useful content and a new high in hype. That
    is one of the common signs of implosion. Another
    sign is grasping at straws with continual
    requests for comments from a population that
    does not respond. ICANN exists in its own vacuum.

    ===
    Proposed Review Procedure for ASO Policy Proposals - Public Comment Forum
    6 April 2005
    ===

    Don't tell the ICANN Staff, they are having a
    good time, make a lot of money doing nothing,
    and will not have any impact as long as they
    stay in their small closed circle chasing each
    other's tails. At least it looks like the .PRO
    crowd is finally supplying some hot chicks.
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