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    Re: Where Are the Lynn Plan's Defenders?
    by polk on Tuesday February 26 2002, @05:29AM (#5078)
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    I'm not sure I'd classify myself as a defender, but . . .

    I can't see the theoretical objection to trying to get governments involved in the process. If the last few years of ICANN has taught us anything, it's that a so-called "private" governance structure will have many of the same challenges with accountability and transparency as traditional goverments do. And at least we've got things in place to try to address these issues in the real government context. (Frankly, I would not feel any worse about the DNS if it was being run by the Department of Commerce.)

    Second, I would imagine that as governments get involved, even _less_ actual policymaking, etc. will get done. If we think the present ICANN processes are slow and inefficient -- try mixing in several government bodies! As one who views the ICANN role as -- shall we say -- more limited than what the current ICANN-ers seem to believe, this strikes me as another positive for the Lynn plan, though perhaps not one Lynn would suggest.

    Third, if there is a long-term danger to the DNS system, it is (in my view) the governmentally-decreed segmentation of the system. This can (and I expect will) happen as various governments start to pay more attention to ICANN and its problems -- and literally "take their networks and go home". Perhaps this danger can be limited by getting governments involved and buying-in to ICANN.

    I do agree with many of the objections to the plan. I cannot imagine how ICANN can spend so much money. I seriously doubt that the Bush Department of Commerce wants to wade back into this morass (absent some serious technical crisis).

    Again, not really a defense, just some observations . . .
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    Re: Where Are the Lynn Plan's Defenders?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday February 26 2002, @01:29PM (#5088)
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    Good observations. This plan is a masterstroke (not that I agree with it) in a number of areas and one of them is to stave off segmentation of the root on national or lingual lines. The danger of that happening through higher level IDN.IDN keywords is even more immanent, thus ICANN makes a move in that area as well. But this will be very tricky to pull off.

    On the one hand you give governments more power so they don't take their part of the ball and go home. On the other hand, with English projected to drop to at least the third most common language online in a few years, and with Chinese users expected to outnumber all others combined, does anyone seriously believe the rest of the world will be content to let ICANN version 2 continue to be controlled by the USG and US lawyers? Somehow I doubt it. Global corporatism stands a better chance of making it work, that's why they're the real power behind this whole thing. And they'll keep the USG onside just long enough to make it happen. Welcome to the McInternet, the free ICANN BoD bobblehead dolls have been discontinued, we now offer free USG bobblehead dolls. -g

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