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    Re:More ICANN Stories
    by Anonymous on Friday December 03 2004, @04:55AM (#14512)
    The internet is not a democracy. My own autonomous system is mine. Nobody else (except my fellow co-founders and shareholders) decide what goes on inside my network.

    ICANN doesn't need to be a democracy. It's like your average utility. You're average utility is not a democracy. It's a public service, but can be a private company or whatever. It only needs a clear definition of what functions it is supposed to do.

    You criticise the way ICANN is growing like crazy. That's because some people think it has to be a democracy. That creates enormous overhead.

    Just let the techies do their job, and humm if they agree, so that internet continue to work the way it always has.

    Transforming ICANN into some kind of big government is not the way to go. The internet is based around private networks, and private contracts between these networks, and ICANN should work somewhat in the same fashion.

    If you want ICANN to be some sort of democracy, there is the question of who exactly are elegable to vote. Is it one country, one vote? If so, then a bunch of third world countries will own ICANN, and make it a tool for their backwards monopolist policies and their national telcos. Is it one Autonomous System, one vote? That would be okay for me, as this ensures me one vote. Some people have suggested one domain, one vote, but that would create opportunities for some TLDs to create millions of domains just to fix the elections. If you want democracy, you need a clearly defined constituency, but there is none here.

    It's much better to define what the ICANN utility is supposed to do and exactly how to do it, and let them get on with their job. Skip the overhead which big government creates. Let the techies do their job in peace.
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    Re:More ICANN Stories by Anonymous
    Re:More ICANN Stories
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday December 03 2004, @08:59AM (#14517)
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    You've missed some of my points but I won't bother to repeat myself. I agree with some of your points and disagree with others. I strongly disagree that it is democracy that is bloating ICANN. How many of these [icann.org] staff have anything to do with democracy? How much of their legal budget has anything to do with democracy?

    I say give it over to the ITU. They handle telephone numbers very well, for just one example, and third world telco involvement doesn't seem to hurt anything. Look at what's going on at the ICANN meeting now. If you don't like the third world, or some of the rest of it, they'll go to the ITU or elsewhere. -g

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