In case anyone is keeping score, yer resident net prophet hits another bullseye here, earlier here, and I could go on. Instead I'll point to how this will most likely (even Nostradamus hedged his bets) all turn out, my prophecy here.|
ICANN has pinned on a badge declaring itself Internet Sheriff and then rode out into the sun never thinking that that glint makes a helluva target in the light of reason. The concept of the internet was built, largely voluntarily, through collaboration: rough consensus and running code. By setting themselves up to succeed, the powerbrokers and spinmeisters failed to grasp the concept that that also makes them a single point of failure, a stunning faux pas for an organization that spent its most recent annual meeting supposedly learning about the security and stability of the internet.
I used to bemoan the lack of cohesion within the opposition to ICANN's status quo. It turns out that that may be its greatest strength. Like the internet, a distributed, non-hierarchical structure is very difficult to destroy, its antithesis has now, for reasons best known to itself (if at all), chosen a flat earth old-world model in the hope it will allow them to be first to circumnavigate the globe. The sight of them being eaten by their own imaginary sea monsters will be a blunder to behold. Rejoice, the fun has just begun. -g