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    Re:Sign me confused
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday April 22 2003, @05:25PM (#11515)
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    The *only* means of public oversight/accountability over ICANN is through ICANN's Board of Directors. This is why there is so much brouhaha over how Directors are picked.

    Yet, the Directors individually and the Board collectively are weak vis-a-vis ICANN's professional, full-time, paid staff. This means that directors and the board are usually at the mercy of "staff".

    I figure that if Directors were granted a Director's fee of somewhere on the order of $50,000 each - about $700,000 total for 14 directors (ICANN's president doesn't need this fee) that it would remove the need for a goodly chunk of existing ICANN "staff".

    ICANN needs to break the dominance of its "staff" - and if that requires creating a counter-staff that works for the Directors rather than vice versa, then I feel that that would be a good thing.
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    Re:Sign me confused
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 23 2003, @03:43PM (#11520)
    It's time to put the "ICANN does the same job as a few volunteers once did" myth to rest.

    ICANN exists largely because the job of the IANA had STOPPED being something it was possible for Postel and a few other people cross-subsidized by USC and other organizations to do. The operational resources and the legal liability were both becoming significant burdens that the University, DARPA, and the other donors were unwilling to continue.

    In addition, the volume of the IETF's demands on the IANA, and the volume and criticality of the needs of the ccTLDs, have in fact grown dramatically in those years.

    ICANN does overstep its bounds on a regular basis, but let's be real. The work of the IANA is not the same as it was in the infancy of the Internet, and repeating the myth just makes it harder to approach the present issues realistically and effectively.

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