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    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Monday February 25 2002, @12:35PM (#5071)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    siliconvalley.com, ICANN to change name to UCANT
    Reuters, ICANN chief proposes new standards (via Zdnet)
    David McGuire, Newsbytes.com,
    ICANN President Defends Proposed Reforms
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    Re: Where Are the Lynn Plan's Defenders?
    by Mpawlo on Tuesday February 26 2002, @01:06AM (#5075)
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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.

    If ICANN is not supposed to broaden its scope of action, the proposal might be a view of slightly overdoing the administration of new top level domain names.

    Just my EURO 0,02.

    Mikael Pawlo

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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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