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    Internet Governance ? - Not Really
    by Anonymous on Sunday August 29 2004, @07:52AM (#14076)
    David Maher (and the 51 other co-conspirators)
    are all good examples of why the term "Internet
    Governance" is not accurate.

    The insiders have never been elected by anyone.
    They have just pushed their way into the various
    positions and now live like fat cats off the
    public dole.

    One similarity to "governance" in meat space
    is that many of the insiders are lawyers. That
    profession seems to attract a large number of
    school-yard bullies and people who have learned
    to game the system as a way of making a living.
    They also obviously have a lot of time on their
    hands. Look at the regular ICANN-goers, what
    do you think they do all day ?

    In other venues, such as U.S. Federal Court,
    we see another travesty of "Internet Governance".
    Look at the recent Verisign decision, here we
    have a male judge who never grew up in a .NET
    era, who is likely clueless about how the
    Internet really works. He is of course called
    upon to render an opinion about topics he is
    not really prepared to address. All he can do
    is toss the case out of his court. The meat
    space spin is of course that "big knows best"
    and a U.S. Federal Court has clout (despite
    being clueless) and the judge pointed to the
    U.S. Department of Commerce (more clueless
    clout) as the source of ICANN's role as
    do-gooder and non-evil conspirator.

    Backing away, if voters in cyberspace or
    meat-space really voted with true Internet
    Governance, they would never vote the evil
    people in that have pushed their way into
    all of the insider positions. People that
    live in these cyberspaces now get to see how
    third-world regimes are run. It is ironic that
    the "big is best" U.S. Government leaders claim
    to be working for democracy, yet assist groups
    like ICANN each day in their quest to destroy
    any hope of that with respect to the Internet.

    It is even more ironic that .ORG owners fashion
    themselves as protectors of the public free
    press and Internet freedoms, yet, their leaders
    are cut from the same cloth as bullies such
    as Saddam, Vint, Castro, etc.
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