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    Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue
    by WIPOorgUK on Tuesday May 04 2004, @04:26PM (#13480)
    User #3146 Info | http://wipo.org.uk/
    Are ICANN still tied to Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue?

    Can't ICANN find anybody cheaper?

    Only Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue good enough for them?

    I would have thought ICANN would have found some more new friends by now.

    With the history between them it seems very suspicious to me.
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    Not merely regulatory but irrelevant to stabilty
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday May 04 2004, @06:03PM (#13481)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    Having inspected ICANN's legal bills I can say that for several years past ICANN has spent not only a huge amount of money on external legal expenses but also on internal legal expenses.

    And a prodigious portion of those expenses were for TLD contract matters that have no relevance to the technical stability of the internet.

    ICANN is not merely engaged in regulation of the internet, but it is engaged with virtual exclusivity on the business and economic practices of domain name sellers.

    ICANN has dropped the ball - it is not doing anything to ensure that the internet's domain name system runs 24x7.

    The community of internet users is wasting millions of dollars yearly to ICANN and also in excessive domain name fees due to ICANN's price support system.

    If ICANN were to vanish the net would be no less stable - in fact its absence might cause people to realize that there is no hand on the throttle or foot on the brake of DNS operations.

    And if ICANN were to vanish its web of price-support hyper-regulatory contracts could crumble and be replaced by actual competition based on actual offerings of differentiated services.

    ICANN's legal costs are merely an indication of how deeply ICANN has become a vassel of the law firm that created it and how self-perpetuating is ICANN's bureaucracy.
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    ICANN has to spend the money they are non-profit
    by Anonymous on Tuesday May 04 2004, @08:47PM (#13482)
    ICANN has to spend the money. ICANN claims to be
    a non-profit company. They are actually no
    different from a for-profit company, they just
    happen to spend all of their revenue. The main
    stakeholders, like Joe Sims [Jones Day], collect
    their dividends each year via millions of dollars
    in fees that they generate. If he did not help
    ICANN launder the cash out of the company, it
    would pile up and then ICANN might be discovered
    as the non-profit sham that it is. With the
    current situation, ICANN continues to dream up
    fees and adds staff to absorb all fees. They
    also of course increase compensation to help
    disipate the revenues into expenses. ICANN is
    basically a web-site and someone with Quickbooks
    running on a lap-top. Each day they check the
    daily "take", from Registry fees, and then pay
    that money out to people who do largely nothing.
    In some cases, the people never go near an ICANN
    office and "work" remotely. Their main work
    item every two weeks is to cash their paycheck.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Freedom 2.0 (Is that like ICANN 2.0 ?)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 05 2004, @07:46PM (#13510)
    Talk about a travesty, ICANN insiders in a forum about Freedom ?

    To add more irony, the social event is a visit to a Spy.Museum (which does not use the .MUSEUM TLD).

    Will Cerf disclose the way he and MCI use ICANN to spy on people ?

    FREEDOM 2.0
                Washington, DC, May 20-22
                Register at http://www.epic04.org

    LEADING POLICY CONFERENCE FEATURES WHO'S WHO OF EXPERT SPEAKERS

    Freedom 2.0 features leading policy and technology experts from around
    the world discussing democracy, transparency, privacy and the public
    voice.

    Vinton G. Cerf, Chairman, ICANN

    David J. Farber, Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy,
            Carnegie Mellon University; Director, Distributed Computer
            Laboratory; Former Chief Technologist, Federal Communications
            Commission

    Edward G. Viltz, President, Public Interest Registry

    Friday night's reception will be held at the International Spy Museum,
    where conference attendees will have exclusive access to the museum's
    collection. The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate
    the public about espionage in an engaging manner and to provide a
    dynamic context that fosters understanding of its important role in
    and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on
    human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world
    events throughout history.

    International Spy Museum:

                http://www.spymuseum.org/index.asp
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