I think Lynn makes a solid point though - isn't it more democratic to have officials appointed by truly representative governments rather than directly elected by a few thousand random 'net freaks'?
I think the proposal has come in for a bit too much reactionary criticism here. Lynn's proposal makes far more sense to me than most of the counter-arguments presented. Surely it's sensible to have governments directly involved in a body like ICANN. As it is, the US government wields too much power through the MOU.
I'm curious - has anyone ever considered asking the UN (or WTO perhaps) to actually take over ICANN? (UNICANN?) They could provide it with far more stability, funding and the necessary perception of independence from sovereign governments.
note that i posted this twice because i don't think many people actually follow the threads (i know i don't)