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    They don't run it
    by phoffman@proper.com on Wednesday February 05 2003, @05:53PM (#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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    Re:They don't run it
    by tbyfield (reversethis-{moc.xinap} {ta} {dleifybt}) on Thursday February 06 2003, @07:13AM (#11097)
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    nicely put. however, i'm not so sure that these issues are -- or even should be -- so cut-and-dried. the threshold shouldn't be whether ICANN screws up royally; rather, it should be whether ICANN (a) acts in an equitable and responsible way, and (b) whether ICANN limits itself to its specific function. to date, it's done neither, imo; but nor has it screwed up royally. instead, it has sought to use its monopoly over a few linchpin issues to expand its mandate by creating alliances and patronage networks at the expense of a more equitable treatment of its diverse constituencies.

    cheers,
    t
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