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    ICANN has gobs of power
    by KarlAuerbach on Monday May 01 2006, @10:11PM (#16744)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    ICANN has billions of dollars of power.

    ICANN has imposed an arbitrary cost upon domain name buysers that cumulates to hundreds of millions of dollars per year. If that isn't power than I want some of that lack of power!

    ICANN has excluded willing and able entrapreaneurs from trying their hand at running domain name businesses - as the folks at IOD/.web. The ability to exclude people from engaging in business everywhere in the world is a significant power.

    ICANN has imposed a rule of trademark uber alles - the UDRP - and created a system of kangaroo courts to enforce it. This ability to enact a worldwide law that can supersede the laws of individual nations is a significant power.

    ICANN has decided that domain name owners around the world must have no privacy despite the privacy laws of the nations in which those owners reside. That's a strong exercise of plenary power.

    Those who say that ICANN has now power are simply ignorring that the ox that is being gored is that of the public. If ICANN's horns were pointed at the intellectual property industry then we'd be hearing screams about how ICANN has far too much authority.

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    Is ICANN a Hobbit?
    by Anonymous on Tuesday May 02 2006, @04:39AM (#16745)
    To push the Ring metaphor, ICANN is really Gollum, clutching the domain name system and muttering 'my precious' a lot. Not a perfect metaphor, because Gollum didn't make the hobbits pay to fly him to various global vacation spots every few months for meetings. The "harmless ICANN is best" argument has two problems. That ICANN is better than some UN consortium doesn't mean that the status quo should not change. And even if ICANN is harmless, the rest of the world may still believe the situation unacceptable and decide to try something else. The two aren't unrelated. If we stick with Gollum, it will encourage other countries to move in some other direction. JL
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    Capital "C"
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 03 2006, @05:04AM (#16748)
    Dyson puts the "C" back in ... well, you know.
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    Esther Dyson Continues the ICANN Word Games
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 03 2006, @11:46AM (#16751)
    Esther Dyson Continues the ICANN Word Games

    ICANN insiders, like Esther Dyson, attempt to
    distract and dis-inform the world about ICANN
    and their closed little Cerf Society.

    The facts are that ICANN lawyers have carefully carved out
    various revenue streams (mostly from Verisign)
    as any for-profit company would, to benefit their
    insiders. ICANN has done this under a non-profit
    sham legal structure spewing forth some "benefit to the
    public" nonsense. The public does not benefit.
    The insiders, like Esther Dyson, benefit.

    The public is routing around ICANN. The public
    pays almost zero attention to ICANN and certainly
    does not take the time to cross the street to attend one of their
    love-fest meetings. More and more, ICANN has to
    pay people to attend, or make sure they are
    directly or indirectly funded.

    The real power of "the rings" is a long long way
    from any group tied to Esther Dyson. That is a
    feature. People like Dyson and Cerf are just
    puppets playing roles on stages to distract the

    If Dyson vanished, had a brain transplant,
    and infiltrated the extraterrestials that hold
    the real power, the world could be in big trouble.
    None of those things will happen. Intelligent
    design helps to protect the world from random
    meat-space mammals like Dyson.
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    Esther Dyson's ICANN Board Stooge on Cash Flow
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 03 2006, @11:55AM (#16752)
    Esther Dyson's ICANN Board Stooge on Cash Flow
    [Amazing how ICANN does not see the parallels]
    by Susan on Tue 02 May 2006 17:43 EDT | Permanent Link

    The Universal Service Fund: it's central. It gets federally required payments from providers of telecommunications services and allocates those monies to local providers who serve high-cost areas, low-income households, libraries, schools, and rural health care providers.

    The fund is administered by an independent nonprofit corporation (the Universal Service Administrative Company), which is regulated by the FCC. An enormous amount of money flows through USAC's books and out to the states: $7.3 billion estimated for 2006.

    In 2005, $158 million went [pdf] to Alaska, Stevens's home state; $131 million to Arizona (McCain); $83 million to Montana (Burns); $242 million to Mississippi (Lott); $576 million to Texas (Hutchinson)...(all members of the Senate Commerce Committee).
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    Hillary Clinton's ICANN to Host World Summit
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 03 2006, @12:14PM (#16754)
    Hillary Clinton's ICANN to Host World Summit

    It is my great honor to announce that the Center for International Legal
    Studies will host a conference 25 - 29 April 2007 on Internet law and
    governance at the Clinton Presidential Library and the Clinton School of
    Public Service at Little Rock, Arkansas.

    It is anticipated that President Hillary Clinton will participate on the first day
    of the conference. The first morning of the conference (Thursday) will offer
    a private tour of the Presidential Library. Following a luncheon at the
    Presidential Library, an afternoon working session, focusing on public
    policy issues, will be held at the Library. Legal issues will be treated
    during full day sessions on Friday and Saturday at the adjacent Clinton
    School of Public Service.

    The program is being organized in cooperation with the Clinton Presidential
    Library, the Clinton School of Public Service, and the University of
    Arkansas School of Law at Little Rock.

    We will accord priority on the program and for delegate registration to
    those who have been active in the WSIS process.

    Please mark the dates on your calendar and advise me if you have interest in
    serving as a speaker or panel moderator or attending as a delegate.

    Regards, Professor Dennis Campbell

    Center for International Legal Studies
    PO Box 19
    A5033 Salzburg, Austria
    Austria Fax 43 662 8353171
    US Fax 1 509 3560077
    Email cils at cils.org
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