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    Even in Tiny Delaware....
    by jberryhill on Wednesday November 24 2004, @11:31AM (#14469)
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    Corporations with millions of shareholders manage to have elections, and it is neither a huge expense nor hassle.

    It is unfortunate that the discussion of elections and ICANN is always co-opted into various folks' pet notions of "internet users" and "global democracy" and other nonsense, while the people who ACTUALLY have something at stake - domain name registrants - continue to be denied a voice in the organization that determines the rules which govern the assets which make them, uh, domain name registrants.

    It's simple. One domain name, one vote. If ICANN can't figure out how to authenticate such a vote then it is high time for them to get out of the business of formulating policy for things like domain name transfers.

    Bret is a domain name registrant, which is a good thing. It would be a great thing to clear the decks of the Dudley Do-Rights of the ICANN policy world that have never registered nor managed a domain name.

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    Re:Even in Tiny Delaware....
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday November 24 2004, @01:47PM (#14470)
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    I agree that the ICANN's repeated pointing to the difficult of elections is nothing more than a lame excuse.

    However, I disagree that the electorate/membership should be limited to domain name holders. Remember, ICANN's purpose is to promote the technical stability of the internet's DNS and IP address allocation systems. And both of those systems impact users at least as much as providers.

    The reason why domain name ownership is an attractive qualifier is that it involves a financial transaction, which acts as an implicit mode of identification and verification of that identity. It wouldn't bother me to have to go through some identification hoop in order to register to vote. Unfortunately a lot of folks don't have pre-established financial credentials that on which we can easily piggy-back. But I suspect that there exist some reasonable solutions.
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    Re:one vote per domain
    by CHauser on Friday November 26 2004, @10:56AM (#14488)
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    It's an interesting idea with a lot of merit but how would you solve the problem of turkeys who give away domains?

    Someone registered over 500,000 free domains with .INFO recently (it might have even been a million). If that person gets 500,000 votes to my seven it makes a bit of a mockery of the process.
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