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    ICANNites Do Not Understand What Cerf is Messaging
    by Anonymous on Friday December 10 2004, @11:10PM (#14546)
    It is clear from the ICANN meeting in Cape Town
    that ICANNites do not understand what Vinton
    Cerf is trying to tell them, without telling

    It is very much like a parent trying to explain
    to a 16 year old girl, how to avoid getting pregnant. If danger appears on the horizon the
    parents can impose rules, that may make no
    sense to the girl, but achieve the parent's
    goal. As an example, the parents can lock the
    girl in her room and surround the house with
    guards. Both actions have nothing to do with the
    physical activities involved in getting pregnant.
    The parent's actions make sure the girl does
    not have "the opportunity to get pregnant".

    Vinton Cerf is attempting to make sure that
    ICANN has no opportunity to lose any of the
    funding they already have. In doing that, he of
    course is taking ICANN down a road where they
    become more irrelevant. Because Cerf's major
    background has been as a DARPA funding manager,
    he of course looks at the cash-flow as the major
    measure of success. With money coming in, he
    can fund people to come to meetings to listen
    to his pontifications. That is a short-term
    solution, the world will route around him, just
    like the daughter will eventually move out of
    the house.

    It is all about control. He does not trust
    ICANN to have self-control. It is just like the
    parents who do not take the path of educating
    their child and then trusting their child.
    Instead, they isolate and suffocate their child.
    They do not look at what that does to the child.
    They are narrow-minded, they want to make sure
    their child does not get pregnant. Their intentions
    may be good, but their result produces a social

    Vinton Cerf is a narrow-minded engineer who
    spends most of his time on his image. He wants
    to make sure ICANN's image matches up with some
    fantasy image he has of an international
    organization like the Olympic Committee or the
    U.N. He completely forgets (or does not know)
    that the Internet fits more into the entertainment
    industry, as opposed to the international government industry. Every time someone attempted
    to lighten ICANN up [and open it up] at Cape Town,
    Cerf potificated with one of his ominous warnings
    about breaking the net, without any technical
    challenge from anyone or without any valid
    technical basis for his warnings.

    He is like the parent who does nothing but
    warn their daughter, each time she tries to
    do anything. Eventually, she moves out of the
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