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    The New ICANN Mantra is "We Are Private" Na-Na-Na
    by Anonymous on Friday December 10 2004, @08:47PM (#14544)
    The New ICANN Mantra is "We Are Private" Na-Na-Na

    Now that ICANN has a huge budget and cash-flow
    from all sorts of suckers, they of course are
    now going to thumb their Aussie noses at the
    U.S. Government and claim they are private and
    international, etc. The U.S. Government is of
    course going to properly say, "we could not care
    less what ICANN does". [ICANN is irrelevant]

    >>PAUL TWOMEY: Thank you, Vint.
    Well, clearly, there's limitations upon what ICANN staff or ICANN board can say on behalf of another party.
    And as a CEO, as a member of ICANN, and as an Australian, I would be the last person to speak on behalf of the United States government.
    But let their own words speak for themselves.
    Mike Gallagher, the assistant secretary of commerce and the head of the NTIA, in a series of interviews in August, September of this year, unfortunately, in some respects, interviews given with Washington-based journals, so it didn't get reported as widely as it should have, made two statements, I think, that were very interesting.
    First of all, he made a very clear statement that he was pleased with ICANN's progression against the MOU milestones, recognized that we were ahead, and basically he used the phrase "it is crunch time for ICANN."
    I actually had to have that translated from American into Australian.
    And I understand that to be that this was -- you know, this was now the time where everything was coming to conclusion and it was a positive phrase.
    But he very much pointed out that he saw the progression.
    The second thing he made very clear, and not only did he say it was a case of himself, but also Ted Cassinger, the deputy secretary, Sam bottinGER, secretary, a series of people in the U.S. executive, were firm of the perspective that when the MOU was completed, that ICANN was to be independent to the United States government and he exhorted again their independence and made the point that the United States did not consider it was in this business.
    The second thing he said in a related interview not long after was an interesting comment where he actually, when asked the question what was his position about where ICANN should be based or its jurisdiction, or its place of incorporation, his comments were that after the conclusion of the MOU in 2006, he didn't have a perspective on it and that the USG didn't care.
    So I think there were two fairly clear statements of policy intent by senior administration figures in the bush administration about their intent about the MOU is as it says it is.
    It comes to a completion.
    Then ICANN is independent and they don't have a perspective where it should be based.
    As far as the second set of questions are concerning zone file issues, et cetera, they are clearly issues of ongoing discussion between ourselves and commerce as we prepare towards the completion of these obligations, and sits within that milestone framework.
    That's probably the most I can say at the moment.
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