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    ICANN lacks objective processes and criteria
    by KarlAuerbach on Friday April 16 2004, @04:22PM (#13400)
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    As far as I could tell during the time I was on ICANN's board ICANN had no objective process, no objective procedures, and no objective criteria to deal with ccTLD redelegations. Rather, it appeared to be highly subjective and seemingly based on personal contacts made by ICANN's travel-loving "staff".

    ICANN - or is it IANA? - which is a private California Corporation, is standing in loco parentis over ccTLD matters that seem to most observers to have some relationship to national sovereigns.

    Except of course for the United States, which simply walked around ICANN - or is it IANA? - with regard to the redelegation of .us.

    These redelegation decisions amount to e-recognition of sovereign countries. That's not something that ICANN is equipped to do.

    Nor is the US Department of Commerce, from whom ICANN has the purchase order to perform "the IANA function" an appropriate body to engage in e-recognition of countries. That job in the US more appropriately belongs to the US Department of State - and ICANN has no contract with that body.

    ICANN's gobbledygook language about how ccTLDs are to be run for the interest of local communitys is nothing but a NewSpeak phrase that says that ICANN - or is it IANA? - gets to say who on the internet gets to be a country.
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