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    Afilias (.INFO and .IN) Cheerleaders Spread FUD
    by Anonymous on Monday November 07 2005, @08:35AM (#16433)
    FUD Alert
    "Everyone - these nominees, ICANN and the Internet community need to work carefully in steering ICANN through the WSIS and UN Internet Governance debates that seem to propose new and unproven methods in lieu of the working ICANN model."
    End FUD Alert

    Take this article, for example. I have little or no reason to doubt that its factual claims are true. Actually, I have little interest in the factual claims (mostly relating to the gender and ethnicity of people in obscure ICANN roles), and thus little reason to care whether they are true. As I read the article, I pondered as to why the author was so enthused about the subject: why does he see the subject as important, and why is he stressing the wonderful increasing diversity represented in all these obscure bureaucratic roles? Why don’t I share his enthusiasm? Should I?

    It was the closing remark which clinched it for me: the rallying cry for the faithful to get behind ICANN and defend “the working ICANN model” against the “new and unproven” pretenders. I understand the article now: it’s a political propaganda piece. All that stress on diversity earlier was intended to undermine the idea that ICANN is non-representative in an international sense, which is (roughly speaking) the main complaint that everyone but the USA has about ICANN. So here’s my “cynic’s digest” version of the article--not suitable for those who already have elevated blood pressure.

            ICANN faces many challenges, and has many important roles. Over the years, the trend has been for these roles to be filled by an increasingly diverse range of highly competent individuals. ICANN leadership roles are ethnically and geographically balanced, and the gender balance has gone from being woefully male-dominated to exemplary. The various facets of ICANN all have their hands full with very important business. As responsible netizens, we should all support ICANN against alternative proposals, which are risky and unnecessary.

    Here’s why I’m not buying your “ICANN is representative” sales pitch: ICANN is a puppet, and the issue of “representation” is not primarily about the puppet, but the puppeteer--who gets to pull the strings. Anything that focuses on the puppet doesn’t address the core issue. Or, to be slightly less inflammatory about it, ICANN can’t legitimately represent anyone but the USA so long as its authority is derived from the government of the USA. Ethnic and gender balance in the ranks of ICANN is nice, but it’s a distraction, not a core issue; you may as well tell me about ethnic and gender balance at Verisign.
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    Re:Afilias (.INFO and .IN) Cheerleaders Spread FUD
    by Anonymous on Monday November 07 2005, @10:24AM (#16434)
    "the working ICANN model."

    The working ICANN model that allowed the IAHC
    insiders to create the Afilias off-shore (from
    the U.S.) Registry ?

    The ISOC/IAHC insiders took some of the early
    players to the cleaners for millions of dollars
    in fees, with nothing in return. As a pay-off, to
    avoid being sued, Afilias was sleezed into the
    Registry BIZ.

    You really have to admire ICANN and the insiders
    in their ability to continue getting suckers to
    give them $50,000 at the drop of a hat, with
    zero return. Now ICANN gets Verisign to give
    them $1,200,000 to pay Joe Sims and company.
    It is now all money circulating from one attorney
    to another. It is a closed perpetual motion
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