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    US Commerce Dept's intervention raises issues
    by Anonymous on Friday August 26 2005, @06:55AM (#16100)
    https://ssl.cpsr.org/pipermail/governance/2005-Aug ust/003455.html

    On August 11, the U.S. Commerce Department
    responded to a campaign by conservative relligious
    groups favoring online content controls by telling
    ICANN to reconsider its agreement to create a new
    .xxx top-level domain for sexual content.
    ICANN complied by delaying its process.

    The US Commerce Dept's intervention raises
    profound issues about how the Internet is governed.

    FACT: The U.S. Government operates several servers that it owns. Via those servers, they publish
    THEIR view of the root-zone. They are free to do
    that and people are free to listen or not. More
    and more, people do not listen, even Americans.

    ICANN wants it both ways, they want to be funded
    and endorsed by the U.S. Government, yet, want
    to thumb their noses at their funders and
    endorsers, and leverage that in international
    forums where there are many that want to destroy
    Americans. It is a dishonest academic game.

    The so-called "intervention" by the U.S. Department
    of Commerce illustrates that freedom of speech
    still exists. That is good, not bad. ICANN and
    the ISOC want to take away that freedom and
    replace it with their soviet-like system based
    on academic cronyism. That is not a system based
    on free will and free speech. That is a system
    where the academics and legal sharks determine
    who "the right people" are and those are the
    people who get to speak and dominate all forums.
    They are the ones funded to travel to the
    expensive face-to-face meetings where "the
    Party Line" is the only line, besides the line
    at the free buffet.

    Education is a key and the academics appear to
    be concerned that "religious groups" are becoming
    better educated and that the U.S. Government
    is also beginning to see the light. Academics
    want to dismiss consumers and prevent them from
    becoming educated (very ironic considering the
    business academics claim to be in). Academics
    want to step in to create MORE layers of
    regulatory regimes, such as ICANN, to allow
    them to dictate consumer's choices.

    The U.S. Government is one consumer and a large
    consumer but not the only consumer. If the
    U.S. Government decides one direction, some
    consumers might follow and some might go in the
    opposite direction just to be different. Academics
    only want one direction, their direction. That
    leads to a least-common-denominator world which
    discourages innovation, creativity, debate, etc.
    As people now see, the only people at ICANN are
    now those that nod the Party Line and walk like
    zombies from one venue to the next.
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