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    A White Paper Promise Fulfilled
    by George Matrox on Friday February 20 2004, @02:56PM (#13010)
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    I'm missing part of the logic of your argument. Your argument starts from ICANN's movement toward setting up office in Brussels and concludes with a warning to Europeans that a Brussels office will decrease ICANN's accountability to Europeans. That surprising leap from premise to conclusion seems to flow from a viewpoint that by listening to more interests ICANN will become less accountable.

    To the contrary, to become properly accountable to the entire global community--as the White Paper promised over five years ago--ICANN needs to establish the mechanisms to fully involve interested parties throughout the world. Offices in Europe (and I hope in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa) are an important step toward realizing the promise. I assume that's why the US Government strongly supported ICANN's establishment of offices in other regions in connection with the recent WSIS summit.

    Also, it is wrong to assert that Europeans "want the US out of this"; what Europeans (and others) want is to be full participants with ICANN, sharing with the US responsibility for setting policies for those things ICANN coordinates.

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    I disagree
    by vbertola on Saturday February 21 2004, @12:43AM (#13011)
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    I don't think it's a matter of power, but rather a practical step forward towards the necessary evolution of ICANN.

    ICANN has to become a truly global organization, and this includes making its footprint actually global, in terms of geographical presence, internal staff diversity, support for a reasonable number of major world languages other than English, etc. It also includes establishing closer interactions with people, groups and institutions that are not based in California or in Washington D.C..

    Having regional offices, as well as other regional structures (including the regional At Large organizations!) will make it much easier to accomplish these objectives, and will help in making ICANN more open and more accountable.
    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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    Black helicopters
    by Anonymous on Saturday February 21 2004, @02:18AM (#13013)
    A touch of the black helicopters here I think.

    I think the Brussels office has been set up specifically to give Mr. Paul Verhoef a place from which to work. Whether or not that is a commecially sensible decision is something on which I would reserve judgment.

    However, suggesting this is all a fiendish plan to off-shore ICANN and escape the clutches of USG is a bit far-fetched. If it is, this move would be out of the frying-pan into the fire. Rather better be in the clutches of the USG than Brussels and the EC - hardly known for their underregulation, and who are one of the few organizations that could give ICANN lessons on being dilatory (take the .eu launch slippage) and introducing organizational opacity; mmm... may be they'll be best buddies.

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