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    Re:Now there is a suprise - I think not
    by dmehus on Thursday September 18 2003, @12:02PM (#12247)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    I would agree with you that by barring public elections to ICANN's Board is opaque, at best, and undemocratic, at worst. It is indeed shameful.

    However, in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration [doc.gov] statement from newly installed administrator Michael Gallagher, it does say that the latest amendment sets out specific goals for ICANN to meet or risk losing its right to manage the Internet's naming and numbering system. One in particular is a clear and consistent policy that must be drafted and implemented by March 2004 concerning WHOIS data accuracy and how it will ensure accuracy. I hope it includes a provision (or provisions) that protect the privacy of individual users, such as requiring username and password verification to access the WHOIS database or letting the domain name owner that their domain name was looked up in the WHOIS database and by whom. The other deadline is a policy for adding new TLDs by September 2004. I hope they decide to use Dr. Mueller's White Paper. It would sure save them the work. :)

    So, ICANN is improving, albeit slowly.

    Cheers,
    Doug
    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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