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    Government involvement could increase ICANN's scop
    by rob on Tuesday February 26 2002, @03:38AM (#5076)
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    Well, if ICANN is supposed to have a broader scope of business I think it is approriate to involve the users more. While the ICANN elections are a true joke (just look at the results in Africa) a representation of users and non-users through theirs governments respectively is a good idea in my opinion. From a democratic point of view, this is a much better proposal than the one suggested by the At Large Study Committee where domain name holders should be the ones electing ICANN board members.

    But in this case the tail can wag the dog... bringing the governments in creates a risk of ICANN's scope of activities increasing to reflect governments' interest in Internet-wide policy-making. A group like ICANN, particularly if it's funded by and highly responsive to governments, could become a tool for implementing political agendas beyond what we've already seen. I'm sure creative bureaucrats could come up with ways to use ICANN for content control, taxation, etc etc, and I don't see in the Lynn proposal strong protections against that.

    Rob Courtney

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    Re: Great reply Mikael
    by Anonymous on Tuesday February 26 2002, @10:50AM (#5081)
    The ICANN proposal set forth by Lynn is much better than the ALSC. Internet users can and should work through their governments to elect ICANN Board members. There just aren't enough engaged Internet users (all of the readers of ICANNwatch do not count, as numerous as they are) to properly govern the Internet. In addition, there just isn't a proper way to have internet voting to ensure that reasonable heads are elected to the Board.

    So, the best alternative is the plan set forth by Lynn. Governments send their reps, ICANN has its reps, and the Internet runs smooth.
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