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    ICANN Meetings ICANN & the Curate's Egg
    posted by michael on Friday March 31 2006, @06:02AM

    Susan Crawford is as good an ICANN Board member as we are likely to get. But reading her post-mortem of the Wellington ICANN meeting leaves a strange taste. Susan Crawford writes,

    How did the ICANN meeting go? Progress. Definite progress. We had a good public discussion about transparency and ways we could have meeting notes created that would be actually useful and meaningful. We talked a great deal in our private meetings about operational matters and about how to make ICANN work more smoothly (and less secretively). We made a public statement about a new gTLD round, and we discussed (in public, not a scripted conversation) internationalized domain name issues at length. We listened closely to what people had to say and we tried to respond. Many board members (I think, in the end, all) spoke publicly and asked and answered questions.
    And those are the things that went well (other things "didn't go well").

    As the Werblog put it,

    "It takes seven years for the closest thing the Internet has to a global governance body to have a "good discussion" about transparency? And that's progress?"

    The Crawford account of Wellington is like the famous curate's egg:


    The Wikipedia explains the picture as follows:
    Drawn by George du Maurier and entitled "True Humility", it pictured a timid-looking curate taking breakfast in his bishop's house.

    The Bishop says "I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones". Apparently trying to avoid offense the curate replies, "Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!"




     
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