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    WSIS "declined" to change ICANN?
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Thursday November 24 2005, @06:43PM (#16539)
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    The UN was unable to prevent the U.S. from invading Iraq. Does that mean that the world has legitimized the war in Iraq? No, it just means that the U.S. has the power to do what it wants, regardless of what most other nations think.

    Analogously, it seems incorrect to me to say that the world's governments "declined to change ICANN's structures." It would be far more accurate to say that they were unable to change them without US agreement. Since the U.S. would not agree, ICANN remained unchanged. I fail to see how retaining the support of the US - which ICANN already had - signals any change in the level of ICANN's global support.

    The world's governments remain intensely critical of U.S. unilateral control over ICANN, and suspicious or jealous of ICANN's power to make public policy. Those concerns are reflected in the WSIS Agenda, in paragraphs 63, and 68-71. As I have written elsewhere, in leaving the status quo in place, WSIS failed to resolve any major controversies.
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    Ha! Screw The UN.
    by Anonymous on Friday November 25 2005, @05:49PM (#16540)
    If not for USA's DoD, there would be no internet. If not for US taxpayer money, there would be no Internet. You really think the third-world nudniks who comprise most member states of the UN would be capable of maintaining a robust, commercial Internet? You're high as a kite of you think Kofi Anan would be anything more than a cab driver in the US ... just keep believing Kofi has the formula for world peace ... his son was on the take in the Iraq oil-for-food program.

    Yeah, I really want Iran having a say about what I can and cannot do on the Internet. F-ck anyone who would be stupid enough to give Iran a say, or Lybia, or Egypt, or Africa, or Germany for that matter.

    Duh, the USA is keeping what it invented ... duh!
    The Internet started out as a weapon, invented by US taxpayers. Don't give it to the jerkoffs who comprise the UN.

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