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    What is CRE?
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Tuesday January 27 2004, @02:53PM (#12900)
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    On first reading I thought CRE was some USG agency and thought that they might have finally grabbed a clue. Well, they aren't, usually, unless they're floating proposed legislation. They're a conservative (who really needs environmental protection anyway?) lobby group based in Washington, DC. From here [thecre.com], originally in the Wall Street Journal (emphasis mine):
    Interestingly, something like this might be in store for federal agencies as a result of a little-noticed law, the Federal Data Quality Act, signed by President Clinton on his way out the door. It was drafted by the pro-business Center for Regulatory Effectiveness in Washington, and inserted into the mammoth year-end appropriations bill in late 2000 by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R., Mo.). ‘The White House noticed it and asked some questions about it, but there was so much going on—Florida, the Clinton pardons and the need to get the appropriations done—that it couldn’t be stopped,’ says Jim Tozzi, co-founder of CRE and a long-time staffer at the Office of Management and Budget.
    CRE normally appears to push for less government regulation of industry. Ironically it seems like in the current case they want more government regulation of ICANN. So perhaps one of ICANN's (devil) spawned industries, registries and/or registrars, are paying CRE's bills this time.

    I'd like to add that on second reading of the article, but prior to any research, I thought CRE might be some netizen information wants to be free org that perhaps wanted documents that Karl Auerbach sued for (question for Karl, did you ever see them before being purged?), and I intended to make the point that ICANN was under no compunction to answer them or meet with them (although cancelling at the last minute is very bad form). Such behavior is, after all, ICANN's Standard Operating Procedure. Having since done some research and finding that CRE is probably not working for the great unwashed, I still wanted to make that point. This seems eminently fair. It is apparently ICANN law in its majestic equality to deny access to information to the rich as well as the poor. -g

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    Yes, I saw
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday January 28 2004, @04:27PM (#12904)
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    Yes, I saw the documents that I asked for. However, due to the 18 month delay caused by ICANN I wasn't able to do a second round to dig more deeply into the things that I found interesting. (And there were "interesting" things.)

    I have heard some knowledgable folks say that this CRE thing really ought to be directed towards the DoC rather than ICANN. There's probably merit in that comment.

    But we still have the lingering question - which is why are so many people unable to see that ICANN is pretty much just an extension of the US Department of Commerce, and that the US DoC has never been able to demonstrate to anyone, including the US Congress' General Accounting Office (GAO) who *twice* found the DoC's credentials a few cards short of a full deck.
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