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    USA Goverment Relations NTIA still accepting comments on "DNS Transition"
    posted by Mueller on Thursday July 13 2006, @04:05PM

    ehasbrouck writes "

    NTIA is still catching up with posting what they told me are than 400 comments received last week, but they still appear to be accepting and posting comments on the DNS transition received after the announced deadline. So there's still time for you to be heard.

    There are legitimate differences of opinion as to whether ICANN or another private USA corporation, the government of the USA, an intergovernmental orgainization (under United Nations auspices or otherwise), some other type of organization, or no central governing body at all would be best (or the lesser evil) for the Internet and its users.



    Unfortunately (I think), many critics of ICANN are reluctant to voice their criticisms to NTIA or the USA government, out of fear that the USA would use the need for oversight (which the USA has been loathe to exercise, lest it bring into question the basic idea of privatizing governance of the Internet) of ICANN's fairness and procedural due process (openness, transparency, accountability, oversight, etc.) as an excuse for USA government meddling in the substance of ICANN's decisions (of which the USA has a well-established track record).

    But I don't think we should refrain from criticizing ICANN just because some of the alternatives to ICANN might be worse. If ICANN is the best available model for Internet governance (of which I'm not persuaded), or at least is likely to be what we are stuck with, it's important to call attention to its faults and to try to get them corrected.

    Accordingly, I've submitted comments (HTML, PDF) to NTIA summarizing ICANN's lack of openness, transparency, accountability, oversight, or compliance with its own Bylaws or its MOU with NTIA."

     
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