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    ICANN has already authenticated voters
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday November 24 2004, @07:45AM (#14467)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    ICANN authenticated by postal mail somewhere between 70,000 and 160,000 voters back in year 2000.

    By-the-way, it is still an open question whether ICANN has a California statutory body of members: See http://www.cavebear.com/icann-board/platform.htm#f ull-members [cavebear.com]

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    Even in Tiny Delaware....
    by jberryhill on Wednesday November 24 2004, @10:31AM (#14469)
    User #3013 Info

    Corporations with millions of shareholders manage to have elections, and it is neither a huge expense nor hassle.

    It is unfortunate that the discussion of elections and ICANN is always co-opted into various folks' pet notions of "internet users" and "global democracy" and other nonsense, while the people who ACTUALLY have something at stake - domain name registrants - continue to be denied a voice in the organization that determines the rules which govern the assets which make them, uh, domain name registrants.

    It's simple. One domain name, one vote. If ICANN can't figure out how to authenticate such a vote then it is high time for them to get out of the business of formulating policy for things like domain name transfers.

    Bret is a domain name registrant, which is a good thing. It would be a great thing to clear the decks of the Dudley Do-Rights of the ICANN policy world that have never registered nor managed a domain name.

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    Things Are Going to Get a Lot Worse
    by Anonymous on Thursday November 25 2004, @03:50PM (#14475)
    Things Are Going to Get a Lot Worse
    Before Things Get Worse

    "I liken starting one's computing career with Unix, say as an undergraduate, to being born in East Africa. It is intolerably hot, your body is covered with lice and flies, you are malnourished and you suffer from numerous curable diseases. But, as far as young East Africans can tell, this is simply the natural condition and they live within it. By the time they find out differently, it is too late. They already think that the writing of shell scripts is a natural act."

    Ken Pier, Xerox PARC

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    Write to Your ELECTED Officials
    by Anonymous on Thursday November 25 2004, @05:52PM (#14479)

    Read the rest of this comment...

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    "Ombudsman will have his own separate offices"
    by Anonymous on Thursday November 25 2004, @06:04PM (#14480)
    http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-24 nov04-2.htm

    "A native of Canada, Mr. Fowlie brings 20 years of experience to the position as an Ombudsman and conflict resolution specialist, having operated in various agencies of the Canadian government and the United Nations.

    Consistent with his independent status, the Ombudsman will have his own separate offices, as well as access to ICANN's offices in Marina del Rey, USA, and Brussels, Belgium."

    Translation: Another turkey has been hired for
    $250,000 per year and he will sit around at
    home in Canada ("his own separate offices"),
    doing nothing, like Kent, Denise, et.al. and
    laugh all the way to the next travel venue.

    Line up turkeys, send ICANN all your money.
    They need to hire more staffers.

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    "The future doesn't vote."
    by Anonymous on Thursday November 25 2004, @06:29PM (#14481)
    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.10/view.html ?pg=5

    "This is the shameful application of a simple political truth: The future doesn't vote. And when tomorrow's generations get their turn at the polls, they won't be able to punish those who failed to consider their interests."

    "There's a pesky flaw at the core of our democracy: How do we count those who can't vote? Not those who don't vote (they can take care of themselves by voting). But those people who can't vote, because they're either too young or not yet born. How, in other words, do we reckon the future?"

    ICANN tosses out the future. They want their money now. Forget about votes. Send more money.
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    Another reason to bring back elections: the ALAC..
    by Mueller (reversethis-{ude.rys} {ta} {relleum}) on Thursday November 25 2004, @07:31PM (#14484)
    User #2901 Info | http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/
    ...is a complete failure. ICANN spends over $150,000 a year on the ALAC, which seems to be stillborn, yet which is still cited in its Strategic Plan as the answer to public accountability.
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    Whois Lining Up for Another FREE Travel Junket ?
    by Anonymous on Thursday November 25 2004, @08:22PM (#14485)

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