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    ICANN and its fantasy world
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday February 04 2003, @10:14PM (#11089)
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    I was rather amused that Stuart Lynn believes that ICANN is accountable - I guess he forgot that I, a Director of the corporation of ICANN, had to bring legal action against ICANN to exercise my "absolute right" to learn even the most fundamental facts about what ICANN is doing. I guess that he forgot that the court declared that ICANN and Stuart Lynn had unlawfully attempted to prevent ICANN's Directors from carrying out their duties.

    The truth is that Stuart Lynn and his ever-increasing "staff" hides what it is doing not only from the public but also from the Board of Directors. For example, Lynn and his staff have not informed the Board about the status of the contractually required reports on the root servers that ICANN seems to have failed to have delivered to NTIA last year.

    I guess that Stuart Lynn must have a very short memory - he claims that I haven't ever made any resolutions. I've made several. Some were buried when ICANN created arbitary and ad hoc rules to block them. And I've moved or voted for several resolutions - such as the hiring of Stuart Lynn in the first place.

    Imagine the fantasy that underlies Stuart Lynn's implication that directors of a corporation ought to act with unity. Given the degree of public disagreement about matters before ICANN - such as the relationship of trademarks to domain names, such as the business behavior of DNS name sellers, such as the privacy interests of those who register domain names - it is a sign of unhealthy institutional disfunction and insularity that ICANN's board has never once had a vote that reflected the existance of the diversity of public opinion.
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    They don't run it
    by phoffman@proper.com on Wednesday February 05 2003, @04:53PM (#11093)
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    ICANN doesn't run the Internet; they control an important monopoly that is a significant part of the Internet. Those two things are vastly different. If ICANN screws up royally, the root server operators will start listening to someone else. In fact, they might do that anyway; others are making better and better cases for that.

    If ICANN did its job correctly, newspeople would rightly roll their eyes when the topic came up. It should be uninteresting. ICANN staff keep saying that is what they want to happen, but they keep doing things to make scrutiny more and more difficult. That keeps them interesting in a bad way.

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