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    Not really a useful note
    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday July 20 2006, @09:41AM (#16853)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I read the referenced note last night.

    It struck me as little more than a request to quickly privitize ICANN and leave only a few faint powers in the hands of those pesky GAC members.

    But, in the same manner as nearly all privitization plans, it fails to consider that a privitized ICANN would have power without oversight or and without adequate internal mechanisms or competition to restrain its use of its dominant and unique position over a major internet chokepoint or to make the privitized ICANN responsive to the needs of the public rather than its entrenched "stakeholders".

    And it fails to address the growing question of why a privitized ICANN would not be vulnerable to assertions, in the US and elsewhere, that it is an unlawful combination in restraint of trade.

    My own plan is to be found rather deeply buried in my own submission to NTIA - at http://www.cavebear.com/public/ntia-july-7-2006-st atement.html and http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dnstra nsition/comments/dnstrans_comment0563.htm

    My approach is to figure out very precisely what we really want to be overseen and then to create teensy-tiny, and very separate and distinct, bodies to cover each of the things we have identified. Each of these new bodies, whether private or governmental, would be structured to prevent growth and abuse of its authority.

    Unlike Becky and Marilyn, I don't see any particular reason or value in retention of ICANN current monolithic form.
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    by Becky on Monday July 24 2006, @12:08PM (#16857)
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    Just for clarification, Marilyn and I submitted the comments to NTIA jointly. We did not seek endorsements, though of course they are welcome.
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