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    No new ideas about TLDs????
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Tuesday October 21 2003, @11:08AM (#12511)
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    Amadeu sez "FIVE YEARS LATER not only we lack a hint of an idea of how to [add new TLDs]. We lack the debate, the intellectual process for doing so. In this regard (and not only in this regard) the old gTLD-MoU process was years ahead. Or the Newdom-lists days. At least there was debate, and there was a discussion of the proncs and cons of alternative methods."

    Huh? Lee McKnight and I published a paper [umich.edu] that provides a precise and well-documented approach to introducing new TLDs at the Rio meeting, back in March 2003. The idea has been taken seriously by a variety of participants in the ICANN process, including some members of GAC. Economists at the Loyola law school have proposed similar ideas. So how can Amadeu claim that there is no discssion of that critical issue?

    Oh, I forgot. Milton Mueller is persona non grata because he is critical of ICANN, and was critical of the gTLD-MoU power grab so dear to Amadeu's heart. So if the ideas come from official nonpersons designated by the ICANN Politburo, they don't really exist.

    That's Amadeu for you. Posturing as the elder statesman concerned for the public interest, but in a variety of ways doing everything he can to maintain ICANN as an exclusive little club in which he is a privileged member.

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    Re:Why Bother Now?
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday October 17 2003, @06:19AM (#12493)
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    I think he had an overriding agenda: pry the root from the US. This, I think, caused him to be silent about ICANN's faults because to speak about them, or to alientate its allies, was to lessen the odds of achieving what was to him an over-riding goal.

    I continue to think this was a horribly mistaken strategy on all fronts: 1. The US was clearly not going to give up the root; 2. ICANN got away with murder in the DNS space; 3. It sets a rotten precedent for global governance efforts.

    But I think that unlike many (but not all) of the folks who pursued the strong-ICANN agenda, Amadeu had pure motives. He was in no one's pay, and he arrived at his policy choices in a way that followed reasonably from his priorities. I have time for that. If you don't, well, we disagree.
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    Re:Amadeu Spews Chunks
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday October 18 2003, @05:27PM (#12503)
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    Actually Amadeu didn't sit silent during the new TLD process. And that's not a good thing as he was supposedly recused. -g
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