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    Laugh (or Cry) ICANN: the Off-Broadway Musical
    posted by michael on Saturday March 31 2007, @10:56AM

    VBD writes "ICANN: the off broadway musical

    I once had the greatest respect for ICANN.
    They were almost mythical in there aloof nature and I perceived them as a sort of culmination of the evolution of the cooperative spirit that built the internet.
    “At last,” I thought, when they were first emerged, “At last a real authority upon whom we can rely to set things right when all else fails.”

    I’ll wait for everyone to dry the coffee and or soda from their keyboards…

    What has happened is that the entire exercise has turned into a demonstration of the perishable nature of integrity and intelligence when combined with power and authority.
    Recent events have required that I brave the concession stand for the requisite selection of popcorn and sweets necessary to the true pedestrian appreciation of this film festival from hell.

    While it has been said that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing, without the representative example of ICANN, it would be difficult to imagine the milestones possible in the pursuit of mediocrity and ennui for not one man, but an entire committee. ICANN has become a powerhouse of inertia and seems to have as its sole purpose the application of what is little more these days than a rubber stamp.
    If Phineas T. Barnum were alive today, he would be an accredited registrar.

    It is a great irony that they are soon to face the consequences of their cinderblock like agility and keenly whetted inattention in court. How fitting that they find themselves defending jurisdictional issues due to the widespread effect that their neglect has imposed upon the end user. Enom, and Registryfly, will take the stage and face the music with them and it has been long overdue. The “Stand and Deliver” treatment of their registered customers has turned Registryfly into a giant catfight scene reminiscent of La Cage Au Folle. Enom has cheerfully entered from left stage as Jack Sparrow and ICANN has played the part of Max Bialystock in an “All Singing, All Dancing” adventure into self-humiliation comedy of the JackA$$ sort. “Congratulations, you now own 50% of ‘Prisoners of Registryfly.”

    ICANN has failed to respond to my efforts to contact them… Surprise.
    Regarding years long issues in which they have blindly allowed extremes of ethical breach by a small minority of accredited registrars. Now they face the exact issues that I and hundreds of other people have attempted to bring to their attention. It is like an entire community build of ADHD and Autism and a few small sane voices in the background trying to explain to them that urinating directly into the electrical outlet is probably a bad idea.

    They claim that the suit is brought in an improper venue… They are probably concerned that the lighting will be unflattering and that the venue itself is simply too small to give them the wide public exposure the production deserves, and I agree. In as much as ICANN can be shown to have a direct impact and influence, and therefore significant contact with every state of the U.S. and every country in the world, they may need to have their agent make the booking arrangements for what may rapidly become a world tour. The standards for judicial venue while formulary aren’t really carved in stone. It will be required mostly that they have significant commercial contact with the state. Now I don’t know if being the single regulating authority over every single domain held by every internet business located in a particular state will weigh in, but if they aren’t found to have the necessary contact to support the choice of venue, then I’m sure they can avoid such a test even for their own state of California. They would essentially have to prove that the RAA really doesn’t give them authority or influence over much of anything and that they are a functionless appendage rather then an accrediting regulatory body. On second thought, they may have a point… except they have validated their authority by the recent decision to de-accredit Registryfly under pressure from the suit.

    In one breath they claim to have no authority over their accredited registrars.

    The contract they profess with the other hand to maintain makes them unique in their authority. I don’t think the judge will buy this transparent sub-plot for a moment. They are the de facto authority… responsibility goes with it. I believe the suit filed against them in the matter of the Registryfly debacle will be interesting, and I don’t think they will escape notoriety individually. The action claims that being in that unique position of authority and with no other recourse but through them, that they willfully failed to exercise that authority in matters of conspicuous and obvious need… That they watched mad-scientist like, while Registryfly turned rapidly into “Revenge of the RegistryFLY,” as if hoping to harvest the result as some terrible sci-fi bio-weapon.

    Suits by Neiman Marcus and Microsoft have held the hot coals to the feet of registrars recently as a trailer of coming attractions. The concept of why, while the mechanisms that make “tasting” possible are not by their nature wrong, that abuse made possible by the unregulated practice can be, will be far more demanding of energetic presentation than the simple demonstration that one placed in a unique position of power is required to act responsibly in the exercise of that power.

    Still in production are a number of amateur pieces of interest which may become entertaining.

    The involvement of a major and controversial multinational telecom and several of their interests in behavior that would make Sergeant Bilko blush.

    If ICANN wishes to regain any semblance of credibility then they will have to learn quickly, either to act, or at least learn to be better actors. It is helpful in a production that the cast be able to keep their lines straight

    I give this production 3 stars unless the .xxx initiative is eventually passed, in which case I give it 3 X’s for the bondage and registration redemption scenes."

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