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    by ldg on Friday July 25 2003, @01:41AM (#12004)
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    Is there any surprise here? Business interests are the reason behind ICANN's actions and policies - big business, that is. There's nothing new in this report. It just states the obvious, IMO.
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    WASSUP with WSIS?
    by Anonymous on Friday July 25 2003, @05:14AM (#12005)
    As a person in the know explained to me recently, after the September 1999 meetings at WIPO the plan of the various United Nations organizations was to divide the internet governance up roughly in the following way: WIPO for dispute resolution ITU for technical standards UNCITRAL for "plug in" law making. The problem was the OECD which had a bailiwick (consumer protection and stealth US presence) that overlapped with many of these areas. Also, Ira Magaziner was against this intergovernmental structure. So different approaches have been taken to the same problem over the past years. Most recently, the newly created ccSupportOrganization is a temporary way station (some hope) on the road to the evolution of ICANN into an intergovernmental entity under the ITU. WSIS is an ITU creation which represents another aspect of ITU's ongoing and aggressive efforts to gain complete control of the tasks that ICANN does. Whether or not ITU does take over ICANN's work, I have very little faith - based on the complete lack of independence and discipline in the UDRP and what I saw in ICANN Montreal - that anyone (governmental, civil society, whatever) without any power or money such as a humble At-Large Member or legacy At-Large Member will be heard (or interests of these lower denizens of the food chain of stakeholders protected) in any manner by any of these structures. In ICANN or in ITU the average Joe and Jane will be locked out by all those control freaks seeking to make sure that power, money and prestige flows to them and their companies. After four years of watching this stuff, I think it is an illusion to think that any efforts at reform will do more than reshuffle interests in a way that always will preserve the interests of the most powerful to the detriment of anyone else who does not think like them. It just becomes a boring battle between elites for domination instead of something more meaningful. All comments are captured to be used by one side or another in the battle. I wish there was some other way to get out of this alphabet soup of acronyms and really take advantage of the connectivity we have on the Internet. As they use to say, Trust nobody. There is something happening here; What it is ain't exactly clear. Best, Ben
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    Can the UN improve ICANN
    by vasconcelos on Tuesday July 29 2003, @11:52AM (#12010)
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    I think the problem lays on the definition of the relevant stakeholders, of their representation and of who should decide such matters. That is what has been haunting ICANN from the begining.
    I have no idea how to solve those problems but I wonder if an intergovernmental organization is not the least of all evils. ICANN as an experimental alternative has proven worse.
    I know that the UN is an intergovernamental organization, and some question its representativeness.
    Hence, we are in desperate need of alternatives and not of nice whishfull thinking declarations.
    The present situation certainly favours interst groups because there are no mechanisms to check their strength.
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