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    Reinventing ICANN
    by Anonymous on Wednesday June 11 2003, @12:25AM (#11792)
    You can't have it both ways. The reason why people reinvent ICANN "every time a new issue comes up", is because they are fed up with ICANN purporting to run an open & transparent process, etc., then when the board (or, on occasion the staff) doesn't like the result, doing something completely different. Thus whilst you may or may not agree with Ms Cade's view on whois, you can't blame her for attempting to work outside the process. Whois is just one example. A better one is the CCTLDs. The CCTLDs had near complete consenus on their recommendations to the ERC (see www.wwtld.org), and somewhat astonishingly the GAC supported them. The ERC and ICANN response has been to ignore them. The issue is, urm, how they organize their own SO. If you wanted to design a scenario that discouraged CCTLD participation in ICANN's CCNSO, and made them hold some parallel track meetings in order to present a "prepackaged consensus", ignoring the CCNSO, you couldn't have done better if you had tried really hard. When people do not set up their own "parallel organizations", things like WLS happen. There is an opportunity for Twomey to fix this attitude in ICANN. As far as the CCNSO is concerned, it's just control-freakery pure and simple - there is no danger to ICANN in having CCTLDs organize themselves the way they want to under ICANN's umbrella - elsewise they will just do it outside that umbrella. He's already making the staff changes to do it, and now needs to replace two or three board directors (or rather hope the, urm, democratic process, replaces them).
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