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    Re:Yeah ... Heard It Before
    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday February 23 2003, @11:58AM (#11225)
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    I thought the same thing once. However, I was wrong.

    ICANN's institutional inertia affects not only its outward personality but also impededs internal discussions. ICANN has not had internal discussions - I can attest that the vibrancy and heat of the public discussions is reflected on ICANN's board by silence and passive submission to whatever response staff puts on the board's plate.

    Occassionally there have been board members (apart from myself and Andy M.M.) who try to raise some of these issues. However, after a few pleasant hurrumphfs the matter dies down and vanishes from the board's view. The institutional disease of ICANN - that decisions should be made by a zen-like pseudo-peaceful lapse into "consensus" rather than by direct and potentially confrontational voting - has kept those board members who wish to disagree from doing so with more than a mild murmer.

    There are board members who would, I believe, not have followed the herd had ICANN's internal culture not been so much in opposition non-conforming thought.

    ICANN's so-called "reform" retrenched and reinforced ICANN's institutional disease. There needs to be a massive replacement of faces within ICANN, and that replacement needs to occur en masse in order to avoid the co-option of the replacements one-by-one. However, a single-event change is unlikely - the "reform" plan has staggered replacements, a classical technique for squeezing out opposition. And if we listen to the excuses given by the board-squatters, we hear the word "continuity" excuse repeated again and again.
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