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    ICANN PR Outdoes Itself
    posted by michael on Thursday March 29 2007, @08:13AM

    It's a very tough competition, but I nominate the following headline and announcement as the most mendacious and dishonest ICANN statement of the past year: "Thousands of Voices Get Direct Say At ICANN,"which is ICANN's announcement of the creation of three RALOs.

    The point, of course is that the primary criticism of the RALO structure is that end-users voices are NOT in any sense direct, nor even mediated by one layer as is the case with almost every other group that has a say in ICANN. Rather, there are multiple layers between you and ICANN -- and the ultimate "say" is non-voting at the end of the day. Every other group you can name has much more direct access to ICANN, and often to the selection of a Board member.

    Who is being played for a fool here?

    Probably the press, I suppose.




     
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    Having a cake, calling it a lobster and eating it
    by Kieren McCarthy on Saturday March 31 2007, @02:31PM (#16919)
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    I don't get this. For years you - and everyone else, including me - has been complaining that the ALAC has been powerless in its interim status.

    So then Africa and Europe organise themselves into lobbying groups, ALAC gets some legitimacy and you loosely weave a step forward into another unexplained conspiracy.

    What exactly is the issue here? I saw on stage alot of people in the Net community decide to work together to give a single voice to the average Net user within ICANN - finally creating a structure that has to be taken more seriously -- and yet you portray it as somehow a damaging thing.

    The ALAC has to represent, ideally, millions of people. How on earth do millions of voices have an impact unless through a series of filtering organisations?

    It's up to the ALAC to suck up the information, arrive at a conclusion and then stand up and tell ICANN that it represents the opinion of all the people out there on the network.

    I hope - and I'll do my absolute best to ensure it happens - that the ALAC is up to the job and that its advice is taken as seriously as the other advisory committees.

    The only people being fools here are those that don't sign up and push, push, push to have their view taken on board.

    If the ALAC can build up, make a solid recommendation and then see itself ignored, well then you are right to make a stink. But to leap off into dismissing a crystal-clear step in that process is ridiculous.

    What is the particular fantasy you hold that will suddenly see the average Net user have a say in ICANN's processes?

    The more people that are involved, the more powerful ALAC is. Without those numbers, it's just a couple of people in a room arguing. And that, as we all know, has got nowhere.

    Kieren
    General manager of public participation, ICANN

    If you want to know the answer btw it is: get as many people involved as possible. I am happy to do all I can to help.
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