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    Re: ICANN makes Scientific American
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 23 2002, @08:06AM (#6483)
    On "who lost the net?" and "ICANN can't", isn't ICANN (as it goes through its identity crisis) increasingly besides the point? The net was lost long ago (maybe as long ago as 1995?) when no one challenged the private assertion of proprietary rights to the domain name registries and the technology that runs them. It keeps being lost everyday. If ICANN were to disappear tomorrow that reality would not change. That's the reality we have to deal with it would seem.

    I am sure that strategic planners are now including in their planning what to do after ICANN's demise. If ICANN does not continue the way the powers that be now want it and have it (even in the face of opposition like the comments on this website), it will be discarded unless...unless the ICANN leadership decides to think more broadly and court/enhance the role of countervailing sources/centers of power. Slim chance of that it would seem.

    It seems that Stuart has to decide whether his ICANN is going to be truly independent and neutral or continue as a "whipping boy for everyone" organization. That will be his legacy. I am confident that - with the right kind of courage - he can make it into what it promised to be.

    So it goes.

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    Re: ICANN makes Scientific American
    by Anonymous on Friday May 24 2002, @07:45AM (#6503)
    Anyone like to see MAD magazine do a job on ICANN?
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