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    Re: Pesky Response to Stuart Lynn Proposal
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Sunday February 24 2002, @06:41PM (#5043)
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    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

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    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Monday February 25 2002, @10:11AM (#5068)
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    I've moderated down one contribution to this thread on the grounds of personal invective. It is not deleted. Readers wishing to see it should adjust their reading 'threshold' above to -1. Other comments may be treated similarly in the future.

    All posters are requested to play nice.

    I do not currently plan to down moderate the repetitive and relatively content-free comments cloned in this and related stories, nor the equally cloned replies. I note, however, that they don't have a whole lot of reasons, and are being repeated in comments to several stories. Subject to consultation with the other editors, this hands-off policy might change if they become overly repetitive in a given story; at that point they amout to a type of denial of service attack.

    FYI, in general I personally tend to cut more slack to signed, or even 'nymed, comments than anonymous comments.

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    Re: Pesky Response to Stuart Lynn Proposal
    by hofjes on Monday February 25 2002, @06:44AM (#5049)
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    If governments are going to run the Internet, then the United States government should put the ICANN functions in an administrative agency bound by due process and the constitution. The agency could accept input from governments around the world, but the rights of those on the Internet would no longer be subject to ICANN's arbitrary, capricious, and unsupported decision making. Instead, the agency would be required to follow the rule of law.

    The FTC must file a lawsuit to go after a party alleged to be committing consumer protection violations. Accordingly, the accused has a right to defend itself in court. ICANN, on the other hand, can rightfully take away a ccTLD without real justification, and without giving the accused (e.g., Robert Elz) the right to defend.
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