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    A false dichotomy
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday May 04 2005, @01:07AM (#15072)
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    I have long said that this idea of ICANN and NetSol/Verisign not getting along is a false dichotomy. Those disliking both are then left to choose between the apparent lesser of two evils in a given situation. In truth they've always been in a symbiotic, even incestuous, relationship.

    NetSol/Verisign was supposed to divest itself of .net long since but lawyer Joe Simes more or less singlehandedly (and secretly) changed [domainhandbook.com] that back in 2001. Now Verisign gets to keep .net again, the lawyers make more money, and ICANN has an excuse for not getting anything else done. How convenient. They need each other to obscure the fact that the vast majority of internet 'stakeholders' would be better off without either of them. -g

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    "they've always been in a symbiotic..relationship"
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 04 2005, @06:24AM (#15075)
    "they've always been in a symbiotic..relationship"

    The Legal Community (LC) as opposed to the
    Internet Community (IC) is really the foundation
    for the ICANN-Verisign relationship. The LC is
    a face-to-face governance community which exists
    under the feet of almost all humans on earth.

    The LC is like a community of worms, some large
    and some small, that crawl in the dirt everywhere.
    For many people they do not notice the LC is there
    and the LC works, by the hour, 24x7, collecting any
    fees they can to continue to survive.

    Part of the promise of the Internet is (or was)
    that humans would be able to move away from the
    snakes and worms that under-mine their lives.
    That has not proven to be the case. Some humans
    feed the worms and snakes and they grow larger
    and consume more from the eco-system.

    At some point, there are no more humans and all
    that remains are the snakes and worms. They then
    will feed on each other.

    In their trail the snakes and worms leave what
    some call "institutions". Brands, corporations,
    universities, societies, etc. all fall into that
    category. People cling to the institutions like
    rocks that can not be broken down by the snakes
    and worms. People use the institutions like
    stepping stones to try to escape from the snakes
    and worms. They can run but they can not hide.
    The LC reproduces faster than any virus around.

    The IC continues to develop new technology to
    to allow humans to move far away from the LC
    and survive. Some enlightened humans adopt the
    new technology and some do not. Those that do
    not then become the prey of the LC snakes and
    worms.

    ICANN and Verisign have once again worked to
    undermine the Internet Community. They work
    very closely together. They laugh all the way
    to the bank. They play on your dimes and dollars.
    They travel to their face-to-face breeding
    grounds to spawn more snakes and worms. They
    crawl into every opening and infect any clueless
    government official they can find.

    The entire process is fascinating to "watch".
    Most people do not really care. They known they
    are there and prefer not to think about it.
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