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    Five More Years! WSIS Settles Nothing but Paves Way for More Debate | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 28 comments | Search Discussion
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    ICANN Keeps Telling Itself It Is Something Else
    by Anonymous on Tuesday November 22 2005, @05:14PM (#16534)
    The Reality:
    "ICANN is a private U.S. California company, set up
    by various agencies of the U.S. Government to
    provide an institutional vehicle for various
    DARPA/DOD/ISOC insiders to cash-out on the .COM
    gold rush. ICANN policies have discouraged
    competition for .COM. Look at the numbers, they
    tell the true story. As for "broad representation",
    the ICANN Board and Staff are hardly
    representative of "global Internet communities".
    ICANN has zero visibilty in 24x7, on-line .NET
    communities. ICANN is all about legal contracts
    and funding lawyers by picking (from the bottom
    up) the low-hanging
    fruit of the **existing** DNS, while imposing
    top-down policies that grow .COM and .NET.

    The Myth:
    http://icann.org/announcements/announcement -21nov05-2.htm

    "ICANN is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes."
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