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    A True Battle of Evils
    by dmehus on Thursday February 26 2004, @02:34PM (#13029)
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    ICANN has made numerous unpopular decisions throughout its corporate life. So has VeriSign. This is truly a battle of two evils. Which one is the lesser evil, in your opinion?

    In my own personal view, I do hope ICANN emerges from this lawsuit as the "victor". If VeriSign were to win its request for an injunction against ICANN, and on the broader claim that ICANN "unlawfully transformed itself from a technical coordination body to the de-facto Internet regulator," I feel it would have far-reaching implications for all of us. It would effectively muzzle ICANN and give VeriSign free reign to do as it pleases with the Internet -- at least until a legislative change was made, such as making ICANN into a government regulatory agency similar to the FCC. Mind you, that might be a good thing. It might force the Bush administration's conservative laissez-faire approach to Internet governance to get a dramatic overhaul and become more regulatory. Another plus to ICANN becoming a taxpayer-funded government regulatory body, it could keep its acronym and be enshrined into law as the Internet Commission for Assigned Names and Numbers. Or, it could become the Internet Naming and Numbering Agency -- or INNA.

    Nonetheless, this will be a bitter battle.

    It also has high stakes for VeriSign. If VeriSign is unsuccessful, it will almost certainly ensure that the dot-net gTLD is redelegated to a new operator later this year.

    My take,
    Doug
    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    Re:A True Battle of Evils
    by jberryhill on Friday February 27 2004, @03:43AM (#13030)
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    "Nonetheless, this will be a bitter battle."

    Perry Mason aside, most legal theatrics are simply mechanisms for reaching a settlement.

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