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    Senator Burns Takes Aim at ICANN (Again) | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 5 comments | Search Discussion
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    Senator Burns
    by Anonymous on Thursday January 16 2003, @06:53PM (#10980)
    Senator Burns this, Senator Burns that ... haven't we been hearing that for the last 2 years? Senator Burns was going to do something about the board squatters, Senator Burns was going to grill Vint and Louis until there asses were charbroiled ... Senator Burns was going to hang Esther Dyson for lying to Congress ... that's right, LYING to Congress. Time to recycle the "Senator Burns is going to blah blah blah ..." chant into the trash bin. Senator Burns isn't going to do didly-squat about anything ...
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    accountability vs. appeasement
    by Anonymous on Friday January 17 2003, @03:49AM (#10983)
    I don't see how if ICANN fails in its mission then DoC and Congress are to blame but if Congress looks to become more active in oversight than ICANN will fail in its mission.

    To just give up control of certain key aspects to appease parties outside of national jurisdiction in the "hope" that some new reform of a quasi-governmental entity will succeed seems pretty reckless to me.

    I, for one, am tired of appeasement and would much rather see the pendulum swing towards accountability and not "hope". Then go from there. With this said, I agree that Burns is just blowing smoke...just going through the motions.
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    The senator could start with...
    by isquat on Friday January 17 2003, @08:42AM (#10984)
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    The senator could start with finding out what happened to the two reports about the root servers, which ICANN contracted to deliver before end 2002. Where are they? A contractor that does not keep its contract, isn't such an entity easier to tackle?
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    Icann Reform
    by Anonymous on Friday January 17 2003, @10:48AM (#10985)
    Thanks to its "reform", ICANN has lost its ability to be a place of discussion among the members of the Internet Community. These discussions will last in another places. Thanks to its "reform", ICANN has lost its ability to appear any longer as an "international" open (and "transparent") entity. Questions raised by Senator Burns are legitimate but maybe not for the reasons he thinks. My approach would be to ask: if ICANN is a US entity strictly obeying the US government (and if everybody knowns that) is it really necessary to keep this deceptive structure alive? One other point: the *real* debate is not on ICANN's future. It is on IANA's future and who controls the root and for what purposes (political and blackmail activities or strictly administrative and technical). In that way, I understand well the point of view of Sen. Burns about American national security. But the point is that internet and DNS are global public resources, and that what is a "national security problem" for the US is also a "national security problem" for any responsible government. That is why I believe that ICANN's reform as it is, is a strong strategical and political mistake even from the US point of view. ICANN has closed its doors to history. Then history will be written in another places by another people. I guess that some ITU people are dreaming about it. These are my personal opinions. Loic Damilaville ISOC FR
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