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    ICANN Steps Up to Become "Internet Interpol"
    by Anonymous on Friday June 24 2005, @05:38AM (#15674)
    ICANN Steps Up to Become "Internet Interpol"

    How the IANA dictator Vinton Cerf and the Internet Society will get rid of people they do not like.

    The **ASSUMPTION** is of course that ICANN
    insiders are not bad actors and immune from any
    scrutiny. They ride shotgun in the po-lice cars
    and call the shots. Pay no attention to the fact
    that Bernie Worldcon Ebbers is headed to prison.

    http://australianit.news.com.au/article s/0,7204,15059746%5E24172%5E%5Enbv%5E24169,00.html

    Do we need something like an internet Interpol?

    Perhaps. Although we want to be careful not to introduce a supra-national global police.

    I'm very concerned about abusive censorship. I can understand people's reactions to some of the bad content that's on the network.

    But, if you are not careful, you start down a slippery slope between content that everyone agrees should be eliminated – like child pornography – and political speech.

    To introduce mechanisms governments could engage that would allow censorship of political speech is worrisome to me.

    I would be loath to introduce tools like that which could be broadly abused by governments or by anybody else.

    On the other hand, filtering on the edges of the net that is induced by the party that wants to be protected seems perfectly sensible.

    We have to find ways to allow for healthy business development, but at the same time, deal with seriously bad actors who are not operating in the interests of users of the internet.

    http://forum.icann.org/mail-archive/a lac/msg01103.html

    By the way, the reason offered for closing the session is that law enforcement personnel will be discussing the ways they use name and address whois services in investigations -- as though that's some big secret.

            Looks interesting. Are we invited?

        No. I just received clarification on this from the GAC liaison to the GNSO, and the invitation list is as follows:
        (1) GAC Members
        (2) Council Members and Liaisons for the GNSO, CCNSO, and ASO
        (3) Members of the GNSO's Whois Task Force; and
        (4) Members of the ICANN Board and Board Liaisons

        This means, however, that we'll at least have me, Roberto, Erick, and Wendy at the meeting. Bret
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