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    This Paper Deserves Further Attention
    by Richard_Henderson on Wednesday April 06 2005, @05:35AM (#14820)
    User #3269 Info | http://www.atlarge.org/
    I think Milton Mueller and Hans Klein's paper "What to do about ICANN" is really well-informed and makes balanced suggestions which deserve serious attention.

    I guess the question is - how to achieve their adoption.

    Again and again, I think the paper homes in on central issues.

    The irony is that although ICANN has resisted what the paper refers to as 'democratisation' (indeed, it reversed the process in 2002), if adopted, this could significantly strengthen ICANN's own credibility. It is extraordinary that ICANN does not move in these directions at a time when its own legitimacy (as a quango of the Department of Commerce of a single nation) is often called into question. Building legitimacy based on global and societal representation, rather than intra-national and governmental controls, could create a model which protects the Internet / DNS functions from too much political interference and allows for genuine self-determination by multiple stakeholders/constituencies.

    I also like the model of a competitive yet shared role for ICANN and, say, ITU. After all, ICANN itself was launched in part with a view to promoting competition. Why should not ICANN itself not be part of a wider competitive market with more choice.

    I accept that it would still be possible for ICANN to assert a role by itself which could have sufficient credibility if - and only if - it recognised that its credibility needs to be based on accountability and global legitimacy. In short, it needs to put registrants and internet users at the heart of its processes, and should consider the restoration of global At Large elections to a significant number of positions on the ICANN Board.

    Otherwise, pressure for alternative structures will mount.

    I commend "What to do about ICANN" for further study and consideration.

    I hope this gets plenty of attention from all parties.

    With kind regards,

    Richard Henderson

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    What to do about ICANN ? Watch the Stage Play
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 06 2005, @07:33AM (#14823)
    ICANN chairman Vint Cerf said here at the organization's meeting in Argentina that Telcordia has already "agreed the assessment [of Denic] had an error", and corrected the report accordingly. But this did not change the ranking of the five bids, he said.

    Telcordia will be asked to look at Sentan's objections too. While not addressing the complaints directly or giving any weight to their accuracy, Cerf suggested that the true winner will not be known until the ICANN board makes a choice.

    "The concerns will be addressed for resolution to Telcordia," Cerf said at a press conference yesterday. "The ICANN board will have the ultimate decision...The board could decide to negotiate with the second-placed candidate."
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    Watch as ICANN Implodes With More Distractions
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 06 2005, @02:12PM (#14830)
    The current ICANN meeting reaches a new low
    in useful content and a new high in hype. That
    is one of the common signs of implosion. Another
    sign is grasping at straws with continual
    requests for comments from a population that
    does not respond. ICANN exists in its own vacuum.

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    Proposed Review Procedure for ASO Policy Proposals - Public Comment Forum
    6 April 2005
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    Don't tell the ICANN Staff, they are having a
    good time, make a lot of money doing nothing,
    and will not have any impact as long as they
    stay in their small closed circle chasing each
    other's tails. At least it looks like the .PRO
    crowd is finally supplying some hot chicks.
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